Sanya Lopez on starting out as an extra: "Naranasan ko na hindi ako papasukin sa tent."

Sanya Lopez on humble beginnings in showbiz: "Namura din ako ng director. Pero ok lang yun. Kumbaga, napagdadaanan po talaga yun. Siguro talagang ibinigay sa akin ito nang hindi madali bago ko makuha yung kung ano ba ang dapat."



Sanya Lopez feels overwhelmed to be given a new lead role via GMA-7’s afternoon soap Haplos right after her acting stint in the top-rating fantaserye Encantadia.

“Before ako nag-start ng Encantadia, wala pong nakakakilala sa akin,” said the 20-year-old Kapuso actress in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the presscon for Haplos. This teleserye is expected to air its pilot episode on July 10.

Looking back at her humble beginnings, she said that it was the late Master Showman German “Kuya Germs” Moreno who discovered her star potential.

The then 16-year-old Sanya was just tagging along her elder brother Jak Roberto during his guest appearances for Kuya Germs’s late-night show Walang Tulugan.

“Nung nasa Walang Tulugan ako, blessing in disguise na nakaupo ako sa isang tabi tapos kinuha ako ni Kuya Germs. Pero pinakilala ako ni kuya nun.

“So, parang nung time na yun, nago-observe-observe pa si Kuya Germs.”

Determined to fulfill her dream to become an actress, Sanya added, “Parang mas na-inspire ako nung time na  yun. Sabi ko, ‘A, ‘andito na si kuya, kailangan pasukin ko na rin ito kung ibibigay sa akin.”

But Sanya soon learned that the journey to stardom is no mean feat.

She did bit roles for various Kapuso shows including Magdalena (starring Bela Padilla and Dion Ignacio), Prinsesa Ng Buhay Ko (Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica), and Dormitoryo (Lauren Young).

“Dumaan din po ako sa pagiging extra... Marami na rin akong nakisaling-pusa ako sa shows.

“Naranasan ko rin na hindi ako papasukin sa tent,” referring to the standby area allotted for artists during an on-location taping for a certain TV series or a shooting for a film.  

Asked about the incident she encountered as an extra, Sanya explained that she knew her place in the scheme of things.  

"Hindi kasi, ano po, pag bago… siguro dumating po talaga sa point na parang siyempre hindi ka artista, pag extra ka lang, kailangan ano ka na lang..." 

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But at the same time, it taught her to appreciate the hard work of each person that makes up a teleserye’s cast and crew.  

“Kaya nga ngayon kapag may nakikita akong extra, kung puwedeng sana yung ginagawa sa mga artista, ganun din ginagawa sa extra.

“Kasi tao rin naman ‘yan, e, dapat pantay-pantay tayo. Kasi naranasan ko siguro kaya ganun.”  

Sanya emphasized that it really takes passion and guts to be in the entertainment industry.

As a newbie, she recalled another incident when she got scolded by her director.

“Namura din ako ng director.

“Pero ok lang yun. Kumbaga, napagdadaanan po talaga yun.

“Siguro talagang ibinigay sa akin ito nang hindi madali bago ko makuha yung kung ano ba ang dapat.”

Did she cross paths with that unnamed director again?

The lovely Bulakena answered, “Opo, at nakatrabaho na rin ako.

“Siguro hindi naman nila pini-personal yun. Nagkataon lang na ganun lang talaga sila.

“Ang dami nilang iniisip, e, kaya hindi natin maiwasan na kung magmura man yung isang director.”

It was in 2016 when she landed the plum role as Sang'gre Danaya in Encantadia, paving the way for the big break that she's hoping for. 

A week after the fantaserye drew to a close last April 4, Sanya and her Encantadia leading man Rocco Nacino attended the storycon for their follow-up TV project via Haplos

As she begins another exciting chapter in her showbiz career, Sanya could really say that her patience and hard work have paid off. 

“Sobra. Para sa akin, hindi ako nagsisisi kung anong pinagdaanan ko. Ang dami kong natutunan.

“Siguro kung hindi ko napagdaanan yun—hindi ko naman ina-ano yung sarili ko—pero baka wala akong pakialam kung anong nararamdaman nila.

“Siguro kaya pinaranas sa akin yun para mas maging humble ka.”



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