Diana Zubiri's last teleserye was Amaya when she was still part of GMA-7's fantaserye Amaya. When she transferred to ABS-CBN in 2012, she appeared in ABS-CBN shows such as Maalaala Mo Kaya, Wansapanataym, and Toda Max.
This 2013, she will again be part of a soap opera via the drama series Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin.
But before she bagged a role in this drama series, Diana went back to school. She is now in her senior year in a Theater Arts course in Miriam College.
At that time, Diana said, she wasn’t doing anything during her time away from the limelight. The actress revealed her reasons for enrolling in this course: “I was accustomed to always being busy. I didn’t want to be idle. It’s hard when you are always busy every day then all of a sudden, you don’t have anything to do. So I needed to find something to do,” said the former Seiko jewel who is part of ABS-CBN’s new soap Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin, wherein she acts opposite Gerald Anderson and Dawn Zulueta, among others.
She had wanted to enrol in the University of the Philippines but she said, academically-speaking, it was hard to go back to school after having out of it for eight years. It would have been different, Diana said, if she were a fresh graduate from high school. “I took up Theater Arts and I enjoyed myself with my choice of course. Since Miriam School is near my place of residence, I chose said school.”
She was also kind of afraid of going to school that is co-ed. Since she used to do sexy roles in movies, Diana was somewhat afraid going to school with a male population. “Natakot lang ako na baka mabastos ako if ever pumasok ako sa isang school na maraming male students,” she admitted.
After two years of absence on the acting scene, Diana makes her comeback in a new soap opera.
“At first, I was feeling my way around. It was another adjustment period for me. I was both afraid and nervous. I was also kind of ashamed since most of my co-stars here in the ABS-CBN soap, I am working with them for the first time,” she said.
“There was this fear that I might be able to deliver what is expected of me. Or I might too rusty that my acting would come out flat. That was my fear.”
For a long time, Diana was a Kapuso actress. She started her TV career on GMA-7 and was part of Bubble Gang, the longest running comedy gag show on Philippine TV. Now she is a certified Kapamilya, having signed up with ABS-CBN last year.
“Wel, I guess, each one of us need to move on in our life. Since there is an opportunity given to me, of course, I grabbed the chance. Not to mean that I have ill feelings towards GMA-7. Of course, I didn’t want to burn bridges. I parted ways with GMA-7 amicably. It was a long process but when I left GMA, it was a good parting,” she assured.
She points out the advantages of moving to a new network. “Now that I am with Channel 2, I believe I see myself growing as a person. I guess I just have to make some adjustments. Of course, nandoon ang feeling na kinakabahan at nahihiya kasi first time ko sila makakatrabaho,” she said.
“I felt as if I was starting all over again with my career. Before our presscon, I was really nervous. After two years, it is only now that I am attending a presscon. So there was feeling of nervousness. What will I say? What should I expect. Now that the presscon is over, I can now heave a sigh of relief. Tapos na,” she said with a smile.
While she is playing a rape victim in Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin, Diana had this request that her sexy scenes, if ever there would be, will not be highlighted. “I am still in school. I can’t be shown in a sexy attire. Gusto ko na marinig lang nila ang pangalan ko, maisip na lang nila na sexy star ako before,” she explained.
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