Actress-TV host AlexGonzaga frankly admitted that it's not easy living under the shadow of elder sisterToni.
During the pressconference of TV5's showbiz talk show Juicyheld at Max's restaurant on Scout Tuazon, Quezon City, thebubbly television personality cited her sister's squeaky clean image as asource of pressure.
Explained Alex, "Minsanpo siyempre, like kunwari po dahil nakita nila Ate ko ang bait-bait sa magulang,hindi nag-boyfriend... So kunwari konting umarte lang ako, ‘Ay naku, ‘yong Ate nganiyan ang bait-bait 'tapos siya ganun!' Siyempre, pressure na kailangan kahitpapaano try mo sundan 'yong footsteps ng Ate mo. At the same time, pag ginaya monaman ang footsteps ng Ate mo, [sasabihin ng iba] ‘Ano ba ‘yan sobrangmanggagaya!"
Alex pointedout, however, that she considers Toni as a role model worth emulating. Money wise, Alexconfessed that they're completely opposite when it comes to that department.
"Doon ko siyaina-admire," enthused Alex. "Hindi siya magastos. Hindi din siya kuripot. ‘Pagalam niyang too much, tama na... Alam ng Ate ko kung saan niya gagastusin peraniya."
She also acknowledgedToni's huge contribution in paving the way for her in show business.
"Natutuwa din po ako sa Ate ko kasi if it weren't for my sister, hindi ako makakapasok sa showbiz. 'Tsakanakita ko po kasi ‘yong difficulties pagpasok lalo na ‘pag wala kang backer. Talagang makikita mo 'yong frustrations.
"Although sinasabi nasa ‘kin ng Daddy ko na may possibility kang makapasok sa showbiz kasi pinave nang Ate mo ‘yong daan para sa ‘yo. So nung nagbukas po 'yong opportunity, Igrabbed it!"
ZEROLOVELIFE. Alex is single and definitely unattached. According to her, "Walangnagpaparamdam."
Not that Alex isallowed by her parents to have a special someone at this point either. Toni experienced parental strictness for years before she was allowed to have aboyfriend in the person of director Paul Soriano.
Asked if she feels constrictedby her folks' being over-protective, Alex said, "No."
The Juicy host added, "Kasi nakikita konaman ‘yong benefits... 'Tsaka sinabi naman din ng Daddy ko na, ‘Sino bang magulangang ayaw ng best sa anak nila?' 'Tsaka sinabi ng Ate ko na it pays daw to beobedient."
Alex is cautious, however, not to sound self-righteous, particularly on the issue of early motherhood.
"Siyempre ayoko namanmagsalita ng tapos," she reasoned with genuine honesty. "Mamaya sinabi ko, ‘Uy, diko gagawin ‘yan, tapos kinabukasan magpa-presscon ako, buntis po ako!' Nakakahiyanaman ‘yon. Kaya ayoko muna po magsalita nang tapos, pero sana po hindi."