Empress Schuck on working for ABS-CBN and GMA-7: "Na-miss ko naman na magpalipat-lipat."

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Empress Schuck reveals getting violent reactions from netizens because of her freelance status.



Empress Schuck is glad she made a successful comeback to showbiz after her pregnancy break.

Since she returned to acting in late 2016, the former child actress made several guest appearances in shows of ABS-CBN and GMA-7, including a role in the Kapamilya afternoon series Asintado.

However, Empress admitted, "At first hindi ko in-expect talaga na magkakaroon pa ako ng work. As in nagdadasal lang talaga ako. Kasi ang hirap pag mag-expect ka, di ba?

"Iniisip mo na, 'Ah, baka gumawa ako ng ganito.'

"Pero kapag wala naman pala, kakahintay, sobrang sakit noon, di ba? So ako, positive lang ako, at saka wala naman din akong time masyadong isipin yung mga negative things kasi may daughter ako, so yun pa lang, winner na winner na ako."

It was in September 2015 when Empress gave birth to her first-born child with boyfriend Vino Guingona. They named their daughter Athalia.

A few months after giving birth, Empress already prepared for her return to television.

"During that time, siyempre, nag-work out na ako, nag-prepare ako ng sarili ko para if ever na magkawork ako, ready ako.

"Pero if not, wala, e, parang sobrang kuntento na ako sa buhay tapos ayun, bigla na lang nagkaroon ng projects, ng inquiries, hindi ko talaga in-expect.

"Kaya mas okay na relax lang, hindi masyadong nag-e-expect kasi parang mas nagiging maganda yung outcome."

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had an exclusive interview with Empress during the June 4 story conference of her upcoming movie A Spark In Samar at B Hotel in Quezon City.

FREELANCER. In November 2017, Empress responded to questions from netizens about being able to work with both ABS-CBN and GMA-7.

At that time, she would intermittently appear in drama anthologies of the two rival networks, which somewhat caused confusion among viewers.

Empress pointed out back then that she is allowed to do it as long as she is not under contract with any network or TV show.

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PEP.ph asked Empress what triggered her to explain her freelance status.

She explained, "Siguro hindi lang talaga sanay yung mga tao ng ganun, pero kasi even before, pwede na kasi yun pero hindi nga lang sanay yung mga tao.

"Ako kasi, before, matagal ako sa ABS nakakontrata so hindi talaga ako pwedeng makita sa kabila.

"Pero since noong umalis ako sa ABS kasi tapos na yung contract ko, and then naging freelancer ako, noong nasa GMA ako, freelancer pa rin ako noon, gumawa lang ako ng teleserye. So after noong teleserye na yun, freelancer pa rin ako."

That happened in 2015, when Empress decided not to renew her contract with ABS-CBN and she agreed to be part of the GMA-7 show Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali.

According to Empress, some netizens gave violent reactions regarding her projects with both networks since they were airing at the same time back then.

"Nagkasunud-sunod nga yung work ko, parang doon lang nila napansin, so parang nag-react na mga tao.

"Minsan parang ano nga, e, violent reaction na, 'Ano ba 'yan, wala man lang loyalty? Ano ba 'yan, naguguluhan ako.'

"Parang naiinis sila kung saan-saan nila ako nakikita.

"Hindi naman ako talaga pala-sagot, pala-explain so parang bigla na lang ako nagpost ng explanation na freelancer po ako, na wala po akong kontrata katulad dati, so baka nasanay lang po kayo.

"Pero kasi kapag freelancer ka at wala kang ibang trabaho, pwede ka sa kahit saan."

However, things changed when she finally accepted a full-length role for a teleserye, which is in Asintado.

She continued, "Pero since ayun nga, noong nagka-Asintado ako, it's a show, it's a teleserye so it's a commitment, di ba.

"So ayun, since may teleserye ka, kahit mag-freelancer ka, hindi ka pa rin pwede sa iba.

"Medyo complicated siya pero basta isipin nila, pag freelancer ka, pwede kahit saan."

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The 25-year-old actress says she enjoys being a freelance actress.

She explained, "Oo kasi unang-una, first time ko yun kasi simula bata ako hanggang dalaga ako, naka-lock in talaga ako sa ABS.

"Noong sobrang bata naman ako, wala akong contract, nagkakashow din naman ako sa GMA kasi nag-Etheria pa nga ako noon, e.

"Namiss ko naman na magpalipat-lipat.

"Pero ayun, depende lang kasi sa mga benefits di ba, sa mga advantages.

"But as of now, katulad ng sinabi ko, sobrang chill lang ako ngayon, wala akong ine-expect at all kasi sobrang saya ko, sa life ko, sa kung anong nangyayari ngayon.

"Siguro I'll just keep on getting better in whatever aspect in life. Basta relax lang ako ngayon kung freelancer, may contract, may show, may movie, go lang kung saan may work!"

Her stint in Asintado just recently ended.

Does this mean that she will be welcome again to do projects for both networks?

She answered, "As of now, yes. Pero since some of my projects right now are with ABS, so I will guarantee naman everyone na sa Kapamilya pa rin ako mapapanood."

ASINTADO EXIT. Speaking of Asintado, Empress expressed her sadness when her character had to be killed in the afternoon series.

This is especially since she became close with her co-actors Julia Montes, Aljur Abrenica, Louise delos Reyes, and Arron Villaflor.

"First time yun na talagang naging friends kami ng mga kasama, ng mga co-actors ko, first time na naging close halos lahat.

"And sila din, sila Julia, lalo na mga ka-age namin sila Louise, sila Aljur, yung Asintado Five.

"Talagang sinasabi nila na 'Huy, first time din namin na magkaganitong friends.' 'Tapos biglang isa na ako sa namatay, ganun."

Empress said she already knew that her character will be killed off in the series.

"Kasi at first, hindi ko talaga alam na kasama ako sa Asintado na as in one of the cast. Akala ko guesting lang tapos ang tagal naman na na mamamatay ako kasi guesting lang.

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"Pero nagtaka ako na bigla na lang humahaba, bigla na lang nasama sa pictorial, parang hindi ko alam kasi siyempre pag teleserye, ang dami talagang mga revision.

"Kahit nga pagdating namin sa taping, another revision na naman so hindi talaga namin alam kung ano yung final na mangyayari.

"So pahaba na ng pahaba hanggang sa buwan buwan na yung lumipas na dapat days lang.

"Sobra namang na-happy ako pero ayun, ang usapan usapan. Ang usapan, parang eventually, kailangan talaga mamatay yung character ko kasi nga isa ako sa mga nakapag-reveal na si Samantha ay sister ni Ana.

"So wala, parang they had to get rid of my character kasi matatapos na kung malalaman ni Ana na si Samantha nga yung nawawala niyang kapatid!"

Samantha is played by Shaina Magdayao while Ana is the character of Julia Montes.

Will Empress appear in a teleserye soon?

"Wala muna akong soap ngayon although may inquiry pero habang naghihintay, dumadating naman yung offers na movie, pero, di ba, at least meron!"


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