Before becoming one of ABS-CBN's most bankable leading ladies, Arci Muñoz started her career through GMA-7's StarStruck.
Arci was part of the third season in 2006, along with Jackie Rice, Iwa Moto, Vaness del Moral, and late actor Marky Cielo.
It may be recalled that Arci was embroiled in a controversy along with fellow contestants Jackie, Jana Roxas, and Sara Larsson when they opened a confidential file containing all their challenges in the reality-based artista search.
For this reason, Arci was eliminated on the seventh week of the Kapuso show.
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) reminded Arci of this, she simply said with a smile, "Sila 'yon, may sarili ako! May sarili talaga akong world!"
PEP.ph also noticed how quiet Arci was during that time, compared to today when she is more bubbly and more talkative.
The 29-year-old actress explained, "Hindi, kasi culture shocked ako noon!
"Kasi I grew up talaga in a very Christian atmosphere, so my parents talaga, they're really strict, so sobra akong na-contain.
"So noong nag-college ako, sa U.P. pa ako pumasok, doon ko nakita lahat ng bagay. Lalo na noong nag-showbiz ako! Seryoso, ha.
"As in nasasabi ko sa mom ko na may ganoon palang klaseng tao, na never ako nakakita na habang tumatanda at lumalaki ako, dito lang talaga sa showbiz. As in nabuksan talaga yung mundo ko."
While remaining in show business, Arci hopes that she won't meet any more toxic people in the industry.
"Nandito lahat, though siguro nga may mga hindi pa ako nakikilala ngayon, e, na klase ng tao.
"Pero sana huwag ko na ma-meet yung mga bad, huwag ko na sila ma-meet along the way.
"Kaya siguro mas naging open ako, so ibig sabihin ganito talaga ako. Makulit talaga ako sa mga friends ko pag kami kami, siyempre I want to keep a little mystery at that time."
PEP.ph and other entertainment reporters spoke to Arci during the April 11 media conference of Since I Found You at the 9501 restaurant in ABS-CBN.
In the teleserye, Arci is cast as the leading lady of Piolo.
HEAVY ROLE. According to Arci, Since I Found You is very different from shows she did in the past, particularly her last teleserye Magpahanggang Wakas.
In Magpahanggang Wakas, she played Aryann, a lawyer who experienced hardships in life and had to work as a bar dancer.
The Kapamilya actress recalled, "Sobrang bigat noon. As in pabaliw na ako sa Magpahanggang Wakas.
"Nabaliw na talaga ako, nauuwi ko yun. Nauuwi ko yung bigat."
It didn't help that she did the series just a few months after the death of her father.
"Noong time na yun, namatay yung dad ko tapos three months pa lang, binigyan na ako ng soap.
"Sabi ko nga, parang kung hindi ko naman siya tatanggapin, baka lalo akong mabaliw.
"Baliw na nga ako, e, lalo pa akong mababaliw kapag wala akong ginagawa, so ginawa ko.
"Malay ko bang ganoon kabigat! Grabe talaga, tumaba ako non, sobrang affected, as in hindi ko alam!"
PIOLO AS LEADING MAN. This time, Arci is part of a light-hearted series where she plays a practicumer who falls in love with her boss portrayed by Piolo Pascual.
According to her, working with Piolo is a breath of fresh air, especially since they treat each other as part of a barkada. In fact, she calls him by his pet name "Papi."
"Para naman akong lalaki kaya alam na 'yan ni Papi. Wala ako masyadong nakakatropa na showbiz.
"Sobrang okay at saka nanlilibre yan. Nag-Amsterdam kami, sobra talagang galante, wala akong sinasabi!
"Si Papi kasi, kaya siya sobrang blessed kasi genuine siyang tao, sobrang bait niyang tao, everybody loves him."
Aside from Arci and Piolo, Since I Found You also features Alessandra de Rossi, Empoy, and JC de Vera.
The new rom-com series premiered last April 16 on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block.