Actress-host Rhian Ramos feels that hosting a showbiz talk show has advantages for her rather than disadvantages.
"Actually sa tingin ko it's a strength kasi it's closer to home. How can I report about something that I don't know? You can't make me read or report on something that I don't know. For example, I'm an artista, I can report about showbiz news. You can't make me report about biology or something like that," explained Rhian to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during a pocket press conference held last March 1 at the GMA Network Center in Quezon City.
Rhian is the host of In the Limelight—a showbiz newscast program aired daily at 7:30 p.m., with replays at 11:00 a.m., on GMA News TV (Channel 11).
Longtime entertainment reporters Nelso Canlas and Aubrey Carampel will join the Kapuso actress in delivering the latest showbiz happenings around the metro.
"It helps that I'm also in the business. Pero ayon na nga, I understand both sides. Minsan if I do a feature on someone that I know kailangan siyempre bilang reporter hihingi pa rin ako ng exclusive.
"Tatawagan ko or kakausapin ko, 'Puwede ba kita ma-interview?' Pero siyempre puwede silang tumanggi. If tumanggi sila, walang pilit-pilit kasi naiintindihan ko sila because I'm also one of them," continued Rhian.
Being an entertainment anchor and reporter is not an easy job considering that In the Limelight was conceptualized as an "in-depth" showbiz newscast and not as a rumor-driven program.
"At first it was difficult for me to get used to kasi ang kinalakihan ko nagbabasa ako ng teleprompter. Here, hindi ako puwede mag-adlib atsaka hindi siya puwedeng emotionally charged kasi hindi siya tungkol sa emotions ko.
"Hindi ko puwede i-dictate sa publiko kung anong dapat nilang isipin o maramdaman tungkol sa kuwento-sila na ang bahala dun. Ang dapat lang namin ibigay ay ang detalye," she said.
Rhian is no stranger when it comes to being the subject of intrigue, whether it's about her personal or professional life. But the young actress stressed that she learned how to deal with reporters and news about her over the years.
Rhian expects the same now from her showbiz colleagues as she assumes a reporter role on television.
"Ako, personally, I have a lot of friends who are reporters and hosts and minsan nasasama din naman ako sa mga kuwento nila. Hindi naman ako nagagalit kasi alam ko trabaho nila 'yon. At kung hindi naman sila ang mag-report, someone else is gonna talk about it because that's the world I'm in," Rhian pointed out.
"I'm hoping the same from my friends."