The '90s actress, Sharmaine Suarez, has been away from showbiz and the limelight for seven years.
She came back last year for a role in Kristine, a teleserye on ABS-CBN, and another role this year in Precious Hearts Presents: Hiyas, aired on the same network.
Recently, Sharmaine joined the cast of TV5's upcoming Felina: Prinsesa ng mga Pusa.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke with the actress during a TV5 story conference held last August 31 at Shakey's Tomas Morato in Quezon City.
"It's very flattering na sa dinami-dami [ng artista] napili [ako] makapagtrabaho ulit," Sharmaine said.
"Tsaka siyempre, malaking project ito ng TV5 [and] I'm glad to be part of it.
"I've always worked with Channel 2 [ABS-CBN], so dun ako nasanay.
"Siyempre, nung maisip ng TV5 na kunin ako, it was very flattering, and of course I wanted to experience working with them."
SETTLING DOWN. The actress revealed that she left showbiz to marry her beau, Dino Alcantara.
"Well, I settled down," she said, giggling.
"Kailangan ko magpahinga nang konti from all the high-energy people. I had to calm down a bit."
The couple, however, have yet to start a family.
"It's a mutual decision; we're both not yet ready to have children," she said.
"Sometimes, I feel like, maybe it's time. But so far, we have not decided na 'Okay we can have one right now.'"
Sharmaine, who's 37, has no regrets.
"It is also good that we decided [not to have a baby] because I'm trying to go back [to showbiz].
"If I have a child, I'm sure I won't be able to go back, di ba?" she said.
Sharmaine has another option — adoption.
"Why not adopt a child? It's going to be my own din naman," she said.
"We've always been open to that."
HER CAREER. Being gone for seven years, Sharmaine said she missed showbiz a lot.
"This is almost my home," she said.
"I don't have sisters to speak of, so I don't really have... It's sad to say, but I really don't have a life outside show business because my family's gone.
"They're in Australia, they're in the U.S.
"Showbiz is my family, I love this. I appreciate it more now after being gone for a long time."
What did she miss most when she was away?
"I miss learning from life," she said, smiling.
"When you read a script, when you become a character, you live the character's life, and you learn from that," the actress explained.
Sharmaine is grateful she was welcomed back by people in the industry.
"People have been very warm. They accepted me with open arms. Quite a few have said they're glad to have me back.
"I wasn't expecting anything.
"I guess the best way to live life is not to expect anything. Just hope for the best and work your ass off. That's what I'm trying to do."