Angel Locsin may be one of the biggest stars today, but she surely didn’t become one overnight.
Wanting to be of help to her family, the Kapamilya star went through countless auditions and took on all kinds of projects.
“Naghahanap ako ng way para maka-contribute sa bahay. So, isa akong batang raketera. Okay, may fashion show, ‘Game!’ May audition dito, ‘Game!’ Pero hindi sumasagi sa isip ko na pwede akong mag-artista,” she said in an interview with Matteo Guidicelli for his podcast “Matt Runs”.
All she ever wanted was book quick projects and earn, she never expected she’d venture into acting and eventually, superstardom.
While she was trying out for commercial and modelling gigs, Angel thought to test for small acting roles as well.
“Habang nag-aantay, pina-audition na rin ako. Naka-cap lang ako, naka-backpack, nakapang-wrestling na t-shirt pa ‘ko, kasi uso yun dati,” she recalled.
The actress knew she already had an “it factor” then, but felt like there were girls better than her. “Alam kong maganda ako, pero hindi yung magandang-maganda. Alangan namang sabihin ko, ang pangit ko. Wala nang ibang pupuri sa akin kundi sarili ko. Pero siyempre, may mga limitation.”
But Angel was glad to have humbling experiences, especially when girls like Solenn Heussaff came in seeking the same job as her. “Kunwari si Solenn. Dati, lagi ko nakakasabay ‘yan sa VTR. Wala [pa siya sa] GMA nun. Mga commercial pa lang.”
She continued, “Nagko-commute ako simula Caloocan papuntang Makati. So, nakailang bus ako, ‘tapos mag-e-MRT pa ‘ko. Pawis ka pa rin naman. Haggard ka pa rin. Papasok si Solenn, galing kotse. Ang ganda-ganda ni Solenn talaga! Alam mo ‘yung gusto ko na lang umuwi, kasi alam mong hindi ka makukuha, ‘yung ganun?”
Angel revealed she spoke about this to Solenn when they met again years after. “After so many years, kinausap ko na si Solenn. ‘Solenn, alam mo ba dati ‘pag pumupunta tayo sa audition, umuuwi na lang ako kasi alam kong hindi ako makukuha?’”
Solenn doesn’t remember crossing paths with Angel then, but Angel commended how nice she has always been.
“Hindi niya ako natatandaan! Pero kasi siya it-girl talaga noon pa. Maganda na talaga, pero mabait. Hindi siya ‘yung snob, ah. Mabait talaga siya,” Angel shared.
She added, “So, tawa lang siya nang tawa, ‘Naku, Gel, sorry,’ gumaganun siya. ‘Ba’t ka, nagso-sorry?’ Eh, alam mo ‘yun, pag nagko-commercial ka, naga-audition ka, may isandaan na babae, isandaan na lalaki talaga. Tapos hindi mo alam kung mapipili ka, pero hanggang dun lang.”
Of course, we all know Angel went on to become a multi-awarded actress and even earned the title Action Drama Queen, after starring in numerous TV series and films.
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