Former child star Isabelle de Leon sings raw emotions in LoveZone

Mar 18, 2013
Duday is now a lady... and a singer at that! Known as Isabelle de Leon, the former child star is presently promoting her carrier single "1 Week to Move On."

"Sunday, I'm still not okay..." goes Isabelle de Leon in her carrier single "1 Week To Move On," one of the six songs on LoveZone, her debut album under Polyeast Records.

As child actress Duday in GMA-7's sitcom Daddy Didodu and honing her acting chops in the movie Magnifico, Isabelle is no stranger to fame.

Now she hopes to make her mark in another of her passions: music.

At a recent press conference, she sang four of the six songs on LoveZone, even performing one of the songs, "Feelingero," twice.

LOVE AND EMPATHY. She described her album as "may theme, puro love song."

Aside from writing the lyrics and doing the music, Isabelle came up with over 20 more originals.

"Doon sa 25, may 'Makahiya' doon, tungkol sa mahiyain, or 'Insomnia,' pag di ako makatulog.

"Yung 'Alice Wonders,' love song, pero abstract, kakaiba siya, di ako makatulog nung sinulat ko yun..."

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Her carrier single "1 Week To Move On," was written "for a friend" who was going through a breakup.

"'Pag-ibig Ko'y Sa 'Yo,' nasulat ko siya nung nade-depress ako. Yung dalawang yun [plus, 'Sa Yakap Mo'], na-depress ako noon, yun ang kumausap sa akin na kanta," Isabelle said.

What had her down at the time was related to "family, iba't ibang bagay, more on family," and that the song's message, "kung ano man yun pinagdadaanan mo, irrelevant yun kasi mahal kita... very comforting."

"Feelingero" is more upbeat, as she sings about the funny side of young love.

Though LoveZone is all about love, Isabelle says she's never had a a boyfriend.

She smiled, "Hindi pa ako nagka-boyfriend!"

Then how does she get to write such heartfelt lines about love and talk about the raw emotions people go through in breakups?

Isabelle explains that she gets it "from my experiences, from my friends nga... as long as I could relate to it somehow, kasi madali akong makapag-empathize as an actress, totoo lahat yun, nanggaling lahat yun sa puso ko, yung mga naisulat kong kanta."

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GUYS SHE ADMIRES. While Isabelle's boyfriend may still be out on the horizon, she's had her share of crushes.

"Sa showbiz, parang wala, mayroon ba... Wait lang, puwede naman Hollywood di ba? Si Chris Evans!"

When asked to go more local, she remarked, "Nakakahiya Gary V! Pag nagkagusto kasi ako, hindi lang itsura, gusto ko yung personality niya, matalino, multi-talented!"

Noting the age difference, Isabelle was asked to divulge a crush in her age group, and she responded, "Yung mas bata pa na kagaya niya rin na multi-talented? Mayroon bang ganoon?" referring to Gary V still.

Eventually, she replied, "Gusto ko si Champ, kasi musician din siya, songwriter..."

She suddenly stopped, "Alam na niya tuloy! Wala na, may malisya na."

MUSICAL INFLUENCES. Only 18 years old, Isabelle already shows her maturity not just in her choice of crushes but even her musical influences.

"Mas marami akong gusto sa past, Beatles. Sa present, Katy Perry... Bono, sobrang na-appreciate ko yung artistry nila, very passionate and creative sa pagsusulat ng lyrics."

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She even sang one line from John Lennon's "All My Life" to prove her love for music of the past.

When she had her debut mid-last year, Isabelle chose to have a low-key affair, just a simple celebration with friends and family because "yung pagiging mature, sa loob yun, di naman kailangan sa event padaanin."

With the inevitable comparisons to Yeng Constantino, what does Isabelle have to say about that?

She stated, "Para sa akin, iba naman yun music namin, iba yun genre ko, boses ko, magkakaiba naman."

Album producer Chito Ilagan threw in, "Wala siyang tinapatan kasi we made sure the music she is going to do... hindi mo puwede sabihin ginaya, ibang-iba, we made sure of that. May tunog dito na wala talaga sa iba."

She dreams of collaborating with Sandwich because "feeling ko magkakasundo kami ni Raimund Marasigan, tapos si Bamboo rin!"

She also gave us her current eargasm, Coldplay, "Siyempre favorite ko yung 'Fix You,' 'Yellow,' and yung bago nila ngayon na 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,' very upbeat yung music nila pero ang ganda pa rin pag nag-upbeat ang Coldplay."

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If she could pick one foreign act she deeply desires to see up close and personal it would have to be, "Katy Perry, kinikilig talaga ako, di ba!"

She's so excited with the thought she can't help but add, "Kasi sobrang gusto ko siya makita, kung mayroon makakatulong sa akin diyan, gusto ko makita si Katy Perry!"

What does she think about singers like Taylor Swift whose lovelife timeline is literally etched in every song?

Isabelle said, "Sure, why not? Pero baka maging Taylor Swift din ako at marami akong masulat.

"Pero siguro when I get there, doon ko pa lang malalaman kung ma-inspire ba akong sulatan siya ng kanta o hindi!"

Right now she says her immediate future includes promoting the album, with some acting projects on the side.

She will be appearing in a Maria Mercedes remake on ABS-CBN that also stars Jessy Mendiola. The original material borders on the sexy side, so, would Isabelle be okay with that?

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She answered, "Kung yan yung kailangan sa character, bakit naman hindi."

Perhaps moving into more mature roles won't be too hard for Isabelle, as she already had to shed her Duday image and bloom into the Isabelle we see today.

Of that transformation she said, "I really enjoyed the transition kasi mas kikay, sarap yung pagiging kikay ngayon!"

As an actress, her wish list includes acting heavyweights, "Gusto ko makatrabaho sina Ronnie Lazaro, si Albert Martinez, masarap siyang katrabaho. Gusto ko umarte ulit ng medyo drama, ganoon."

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