Malaki ang hawig kay Cristine Reyes ng isa sa Final 14 ng StarStruck V na si Zeryl Lim. Sa Bahrain pa siya nag-audition.
Ipinanganak noong June 16, 1987 sa Tuguegarao City si Zerylle Mae Lim, pero noong tatlong taon siya ay lumipat na sila sa Bahrain dahil doon na nadestino ang kanyang ama.
Kuwento ni Zeryl sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), masyado raw tahimik at malinis sa Bahrain kaya walang masyadong happenings doon. Mababa rin ang crime rate dahil takot ang mga tao na lumabag sa batas.
"Bahrain is a beautiful country and the people there are so disciplined. They go by the law and are very afraid to disobey. There's a punishment kasi if you disobey any law in Bahrain. Papahirapan ka talaga kaya disciplined ang mga tao doon," kuwento ng 22-year-old showbiz hopeful.
Noong mag-high school si Zeryl ay dito na siya sa Pilipinas pinag-aral. Inamin niyang sobra siyang na-culture shock pagdating niya ng Manila.
"I got scared talaga!" bulalas niya. "Because I grew up in a place that was so orderly. Even yung mga basura, hindi mo makikita sa streets and there's no pollution. When I got here, sobra-sobrang culture shocked ako. I was afraid to go out if I didn't have a companion. I had a hard time adjusting to the noise, pollution, and the way people move around.
"But after a few months, it was okay na. I got used to everything. And even though it's a different kind of lifestyle here, I find it so exciting now. Now, I am used to everything. Compared to Bahrain, boring pala doon! I much prefer to be here in Manila because everyone seems to be having fun all the time."
Nag-audition daw si Zeryl sa StarStruck V para ma-enhance ang talent niya sa pag-awit. Gusto rin niyang ma-improve ang kanyang pagsasayaw at mabigyan siya ng chance to try acting.
"First and foremost, it's a chance to improve my personality. I'm a very shy person and I want to come out of my shell. I have lots of insecurities, and one of them is to be able to speak Tagalog straight. I can speak and understand the language, pero kailangan mabagal lang.
"And I love to sing and I believe that I can improve on that more. I also want to learn how to dance well, try hosting and acting. More on to improve my communication skills with other people," sabi niya.
CRISTINE REYES LOOK-ALIKE. Okey lang ba kung sabihin ng marami na kahawig niya ang StarStruck 1 Avenger na si Cristine Reyes?
"Honestly, it's a big advantage on my part," sagot ni Zeryl. "Maganda kasi si Cristine Reyes and she's very sexy. It's actually flattering when they say na hawig ko siya. At first, I didn't believe them but when many have been saying it, doon na ako naniwala.
"Like what I said, it's flattering on my part because when they compare you to someone so sexy and pretty, it means that you also possess the same qualities of that person they are comparing you with. Kaya maraming salamat sa nagsasabi no'n."
Kung bibigyan ng chance si Zeryl na may makapareha na isa sa mga Kapuso actors, sino ang choice niya?
"I like Dennis Trillo. Not because he was linked to Cristine Reyes, ha!" malakas na tawa niya. "I like him because he's a very good actor. And I know that whoever is paired with him will learn a lot from his professionalism. He's also very handsome."
Ano sa tingin ni Zeryl ang kanyang chances to win the title of StarStruck V Ultimate Female Survivor?
"I really don't know... The rest of the girls are pretty strong competitors and it will be very hard to know your chances. I guess it's also a little bit of luck that I need in order to make it through the many challenges.
"As of now, I don't know where I stand and how far I will go. It all depends on the text votes. But I am thankful that I was chosen to represent the Pinoys in the Middle East. I know that many auditioned and I was so lucky to have made it this far. If only for that, I feel like a winner already," pagtatapos ni Zeryl.