It's hard to believe that Carmina Villarroel has been in show business for twenty years. The public has witnessed her grow from teenybopper roles to her real-life role as a doting mom to twins Cassandra and Maverick. If there is something that these twenty years have taught her, it is to respect and be pleasant to everyone. This, to Carmina, is a lesson that newer actors and actresses should learn.
"The new stars used to be so simple and humble," she laments to Marie Claire Magazine in their May issue, "Ngayon, iba na, hindi na namamansin! Yung kabataan ngayon, dinadaan-daanan na lang ang senior artists. Nasasayangan lang ako—ba't lumaki ulo nila, puwede namang hindi!"
The new breed of showbiz stars could learn a thing or two from Carmina, whose signature bubbly and childlike personality remains the same, whether she is dealing with her fellow artists or even utility personnel. "Hindi ako choosy sa kausap ko. Super chikadora nga ‘ko ng bayan!" she laughs.
Carmina almost didn't return to showbiz after giving birth to her twins, as it was very tempting to stay in the United States and lead a peaceful and ordinary life with her family. To her surprise, she was informed that her former TV station still wanted her and was offering her two regular shows. "I guess those I've worked with saw how hardworking and passionate I am when it comes to what I do," she says of her decision to return to showbiz.
Now, she credits part of her success to her twins, whom she calls her "lucky charms." She tells Marie Claire,"Since they came into my life, mas marami akong nagawa sa career ko, like hosting. Everything just fell into place."
Everything else in Carmina's life is also falling into place. Her nine-year relationship with Zoren Legaspi is going strong, and a wedding seems to be just waiting in the wings.
After all, as Zoren says, "As far as I know, we are married. Wala naman kaming plano'ng maghiwalay or maghanap pa ng iba." The relationship is so strong, a wedding to formalize the relationship is the least of their concerns. Zoren asserts, "Mas matibay kami kaysa sa ibang ikinakasal sa simbahan."
Their kids are also growing up to be good people, just like their parents. "Kahit mali or not, they'll tell you," Carmina says, "They'll say, ‘Mom, I did something bad today.' So imbes na magalit, we acknowledge it by thanking them for their honesty."
Carmina shares her intimate thoughts on raising her children, her love for Zoren, and even missing her own mother in the May issue of Marie Claire Magazine. Her life is so multi-faceted that Zoren says, "Carmina is a little bit of everything—and that makes her the perfect woman."
Marie Claire Magazine is now available in all leading bookstores and magazine stands at P125 per copy.