The Kapamilya network’s Empress of Drama Empress Schuck graces the cover of FHM Philippines’ 13th anniversary issue this March, dubbed the FHM Bikini Heaven Special.
The 20-year-old actress and cast member of ABS-CBN’s teleserye Apoy sa Dagat is all set to show the nation just how mature she has become and how her spunk and confidence easily make her a welcome addition to FHM's roster of sexy beauties.
Empress’s first FHM cover exhibits her disarming youthful exuberance and professionalism—truly a display of experience beyond her years.
She tells FHM, “Natutunan ko na rin maging comfortable sa sarili kong body… Siyempre kinakabahan [rin] ng kaunti, pero I’m happy kasi meron akong nagawa na bago para sa sarili ko and sa career ko.”
But just like other first-timers on the cover, Empress also had her fair share of apprehensions about posing for a men’s magazine like FHM.
“I thought about it for a long time… not about wearing a bikini, but what posing for FHM implies,” she reveals in the interview.
“Pero tumatanda na ko... Mas lumawak na isip ko about the magazine.
“I can say parehas lang siya sa ibang magazine—pero may kaunting edge.
“Gusto kong sabihin na wag i-judge yung magazine by the cover and I’m happy that naging part ako of it.”
She also reveals what encouraged her to do her first men’s magazine cover pictorial.
“I want everyone to realize that I'm no longer a child.
“It’s also for everyone to understand na posing for FHM doesn't mean na magse-sexy ka na or you are changing your image sa public.
“For me, I took posing for FHM as a challenge to show everyone na you can still be wholesome while showing skin. It’s all about how you carry yourself,” says Empress.
One of Empress’s biggest achievements is being one of the local showbiz industry's successful child stars. “Nag-start ako when I was seven; matagal na akong nag-a-act.
“Ang dami ko nang napagdaanan from being a child actress until now.
“[Tulad ngayon] sa Apoy sa Dagat, first time ko maging kontrabida.
“For me it's mature and challenging, kakaiba para sa akin.
“Kasi before, ako lagi yung kinakawawa and ako lagi yung umiiyak.
“For the first time ako yung mang-aapi. Masaya ako na nagawa ko yun,“ she says.
Get to know more about Empress Schuck when you grab a copy of FHM Philippines’ 13th anniversary issue this March, now available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide for P140.
Meet Empress and other FHM babes and cover girls at the 3rd FHM Bikini Heaven beach party on March 22 at the Epic Beachfront in Boracay.