"I'm happy na medyo naga-grasp na niya na it's not easy work that mommy does. It's hard, puro sweat, tears, and blood," says Sheryl Cruz about bringing Ashley, her nine-year-old daughter, to the set.

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Sheryl Cruz thinks her daughter Ashley is not keen on joining show business.

According to the former teen star, her nine-year-old has not shown any interest in joining the industry. However, Sheryl is happy because her daughter is doing well in school.

"Actually, I envy her because she is very focused," says Sheryl. "Sabi ng aunt ko, before, medyo lumilipad daw ang aking pag-iisip. Although I know na I'm not stupid—I know na I have at least a brain that God blessed me with—I was not as focused as Ashley. Mas gusto ko na rin as a parent na doon [sa school] muna ang [attention] niya."

Ashley, who will be in Grade 4 next school year, never fails to impress her parents. 

Sheryl says, "Both her dad and I are very proud of her because of her academic achievements. She's in the Top 7 of her class. Sports-wise, she excels in taekwondo and swimming." 

Although Ashley spends most of her time in school, Sheryl sometimes brings her daughter to the set to show her what it's like to work as an actress.

"The reason I want her to be familiar with my work and my environment [is] gusto kong malaman niya na tao lang din [ang mga artista]," she says.

"Lahat ng mga nagtatrabaho doon sa production, lahat nagpapagod. Mahirap din naman ang aming trabaho and hindi naman gano'n kadali. Medyo glamorous siguro sa screen, pero it's not as glamorous as they think it is.

"Kailangan mo ring makisama sa tao, from the utility men to your co-actors. So, it's a learning environment for her na ma-a-appreciate niya."

Sheryl is glad her daughter understands and appreciates the nature of her job.

"I'm happy na medyo naga-grasp na niya na it's not easy work that mommy does. It's hard, puro sweat, tears, and blood," she says.

Sheryl is part of the cast of the new drama series,  Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak, which will start airing this Monday, March 21, after Babaeng Hampaslupa on TV5.