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What heartbreak taught Janine Gutierrez about herself

Janine Gutierrez

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How can an actress be as ballsy as she is nice? Ask our Valentine lady Janine Gutierrez, who has elevated that unlikely mixture of attributes to an artwork type. The 31-year-old “recently reinvented” star isn’t simply one other doll-like magnificence who—to borrow pop star Daya’s signature track—is content material to merely “sit still, look pretty.” Pretty fierce is extra prefer it.

We ought to know. When we requested our associates at GMA CorpComm to facilitate an e mail interview with Janine final 12 months, simply because the lockdown within the metropolis was starting to ease up, we had been thrilled to seek out out from her no-frills, unexpurgated solutions that Janine was extra than simply one other fairly face.

We had been so impressed by Janine’s potential to vividly articulate her “woke” musings within the face of troll-instigated bashing, meant to chop “dissenting impertinence” like hers all the way down to measurement, that we hardly reduce out any of her solutions for our June 7 piece. (Revisit the article right here: https://entertainment.inquirer.net/378250/janine-gutierrez-emerging-and-ascending)

Indeed, the lady isn’t any damsel in misery. But it wouldn’t be a stretch to say she doesn’t want anyone, not even boyfriend Rayver Cruz, to combat her battles for her.

It was additionally Janine’s newfound assertiveness, alongside along with her outspoken opinions about extremely polarizing points, that jumpstarted her path to self-discovery and reinvention. We informed Janine how I liken her character’s “from-timid-to-take-charge” awakening in Rae Red’s “Babae at Baril,” for which she lately gained the prized Urian greatest actress plum—a second coming of types for the once-shy actress.

“Now that you mentioned it, that’s an interesting observation,” she mused. “You see, it took me a very long time to turn out to be assured sufficient to hearken to my very own voice and communicate up. Akala ko, ‘pag artista ka, it is best to simply be a follower. Try to not say an excessive amount of, strive to not say something … or folks would possibly twist it into a nasty headline.

“Sobrang alam ko ‘yan because I grew up with show biz parents who also had to deal with chismis na hindi totoo. So, I was always careful with what I would say. Then, I realized that honesty is more important than tiptoeing around a situation.”

Last week, we spoke to Janine in a one-on-one Zoom interview to speak about “Dito at Doon,” her eagerly anticipated foray into TBA Studios’ indie realm that requires the actress to sink her thespic enamel into the “love under a lockdown” style, this time reverse JC Santos.


“‘Dito at Doon’ takes place during a lockdown,” Janine defined. “But how do you discover connection at a time when everyone seems to be remoted? It’s a rollercoaster of feelings, reflecting how our lives had been final 12 months. It was like, in the future you’re glad, the following day you’re depressed, then the next day you’re indignant.

“The film, directed by JP Habac (“I’m Drunk, I Love You”) and shot over a 20-day interval, is sort of a time capsule of 2020 on the subject of love and the whole lot within the Philippines. It’s all the time been a dream for me to do a film for TBA, so I’m glad to be doing this interview in its Cinema ’76 workplace in San Juan.” (We’ll preserve you posted about “Dito’s” remaining playdate in native theaters, quickly blocked off for March.)

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, we requested Janine questions about issues of the center and classes she discovered from heartbreak.

Of course, we all know that she’s in a wholesome, glad relationship with Rayver Cruz. But requested what she found about herself from her failed earlier relationships, the actress quipped, “Oh, that’s a very good query. I discovered that I’m the kind of one who will actually try to strive at pipigain ko hanggang masabi kong wala na talaga, so once I look again, I can say that I attempted the whole lot and haven’t any regrets.

“That’s additionally how I method my profession now and, as with something in my life, I’m giving it the whole lot I received, para alam kong ginawa ko ang lahat. And that, in a nutshell, can also be one of the best ways to maneuver on.

“So, once it’s over, I know I have nothing left to give. You need to learn how to love yourself. Kasi sometimes, when you’re in a relationship, you tend to prioritize the other person over yourself. And this leads you to bad decisions, so minsan naaapi-api ka na. To everyone seeking advice: Always put yourself first.”

Excerpts from our Q&A with Janine:

You’re now half now of “ASAP,” which is a weekly gathering of types for ABS-CBN artists. What do you bear in mind about your self the primary time you appeared in a musical-variety present? For you, that was in “Party P” roughly 11 years in the past. And how totally different was the expertise while you had been welcomed in “ASAP,” and sang a sassy, voice-appropriate cowl of “No Hearts”?

My first time in “Party P” was my baptism by fireplace kasi wala naman akong expertise singing reside or performing in entrance of an viewers—and that was the very first thing that I did there. So I used to be actually dying (laughs).

Now, in “ASAP,” Thursday pa lang kinabahan na ako. So, I stored telling myself, “It’s OK, it’s not so bad… Marami ka nang na-experience since then. Please, just stay calm!”


We discover a similarity between your voice and that of your brother Diego, who acquits himself properly in his self-penned debut single “On A Dream.” Your ideas?

Diego’s significantly better. I’m extra comfy performing or internet hosting. While I do get pleasure from singing, it’s simpler for me to do this once I’m alone (laughs).

It took you some time to lastly hit your stride as an actress. When did it happen to you that you just had been heading in the right direction … that performing may very well be one thing you’d be superb at?

When I gained greatest actress for “Babae at Baril,” at QCinema. That was my first greatest actress award, so it means a lot to me. Since it’s a global movie competition, members of the jury didn’t know who I used to be. It’s humorous as a result of some folks from different international locations had been shocked to see me all dolled-up on the awards ceremony as a result of I used to be deglamorized in “Babae at Baril.”

It’s refreshing for me as a result of many individuals are used to seeing me as a canopy lady or “‘yung anak ni Lotlot”—they’d say, “Oh she’s pretty!” And I hated that as a result of it means ‘yan ‘yung reaction nila sa work ko—that I wasn’t convincing sufficient as a result of that’s all they noticed, and never the character I portrayed.

I’m glad that, now, hindi na ako nakakahon sa “maganda lang” (laughs).

It’s a feat so that you can have reached this level in your profession with out having to piggyback on some very well-known names in your loved ones, some even have titles—Pilita Corrales, Eddie Gutierrez, Nora Aunor, Christopher de Leon, and so on. Did you suppose your affiliation with them was a stumbling block to your development? Were you afraid to not measure as much as folks’s expectations?

Yes, undoubtedly. You talked about Mamita (Pilita). I believe she’s why I by no means tried to be a singer, even when I get pleasure from singing. Kasi paano pa ako magsi-singer n’yan, eh lola ko si Pilita Corrales (laughs)?

When it involves performing naman, at first I couldn’t actually put my entire coronary heart into it for concern of failing or embarrassing my household. It wasn’t till sumugal ako that I received the roles that I wished and other people noticed that I used to be critical about performing at hindi ‘yung subuk-subok lang.

Does your mother offer you suggestions about your performing?


Yes, particularly once I was simply beginning out. I had this horrible scene in a teleserye the place I’d be shot—at ang sama ng pagkagawa ko sa eksena as a result of I used to be so nervous! Like, how do you fall? What response do you present?

It was my first time to get shot in a TV present—and it was so dangerous that it was humorous! My mother stated, “Anak, bakit mo ginawa ‘yun? Huwag mo nang ulitin ‘yan, ha?” So now, when she praises me for something, I know that it’s actual (laughs).

Rayver is without doubt one of the greatest dancers within the biz. Does he educate you to bop and present you learn how to execute the strikes?

Oh my gosh, he all the time begs me to do TikToks with him! But I’m so intimidated kaya ayoko talaga s’yang kasabayan (laughs).


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