Alessandra de Rossi's advice to aspiring actors: "Sana maranasan muna nila maging normal"

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At times Alessandra de Rossi couldn't help but think of quitting her job as an actress, but then, "Titingnan ko na lang yung good side instead na mag-focus ako sa nega, though alam ko na dapat yung nega ang titingnan ko kasi 'yan ang pagsisisihan ko in the long run."


In an interview held July 4, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Alessandra de Rossi opined that the rise of social media over the past years has greatly helped the Cinemalaya Film Festival.

"Malaki na lahat. Well, tama naman. Buti nga sinusuportahan na ito. Dati-rati parang tayo-tayo lang nakakaalam, di ba?

“Tama lang ngayon na mayroon tayong support ng lahat, ng kung sino man ang kaya. Hindi lang din naman ang media, pati mga malalaki na artista.

“Dati nga parang malaki na akong artista, pero ngayon parang ano na lang ako, one of those," says the actress who has starred in a number of indies featured in the nine-year-old festival.

The 2013 edition of Cinemalaya carries the theme "Cinesthesia: Synergy of the Senses" and takes place until August 4, 2013, at the CCP and participating movie houses in Trinoma, Greenbelt 3, and Alabang Town Center malls.


GROWING ACTRESS. Alessandra—also known to many as Alex—is cast as a journalist in the Cinemalaya entry Liars, which is based on the true story of local baseball players, who lied about their age and place of residence.


READ: PEP Guide to Cinemalaya 2013

Alex reveals that she is very happy to see how she has grown as an actress through her numerous films, and how she has improved in each role.

When she sees her old films, she thinks, "Minsan kapag napapalabas sa Cinema One, tama naman, e.

"Yung emotion na nabigay ko at that point, e, yun lang ang alam kong emosyon. Nung 17 ako, hanggang doon lang alam ko, yun yung best ko noon.

"Siyempre, pag pinaulit mo sa akin ulit yun, bilang 29 years old, siyempre iba na yun, di ba?

“Pero tama naman siya, maski sa delivery," Alex recalls, and then laughs heartily, "In fairness sa batang ito, may promise!"

In line with the #throwbackthursday fad in social media, Alex pinpoints a moment in her life that she would like to revisit.

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"Kahapon lang, e. Wow. Hindi, joke lang. Yung kahapon, tumanggap kasi ako ng maraming pera, puwede ba tumanggap araw-araw ng maraming pera?” jibed the bubbly actress.

But kidding aside, "Ang gusto ko balikan, yung siguro 19 years old ako. Yun yata yung time ng buhay ko talaga."

That would be the year 2003, when Alex did four movies—Mano Po 2: My Home, Homecoming, The Cory Quirino Kidnap: NBI Files, and Message Sent—the most number she has done in one year, plus three TV shows—Click, Kool Ka Lang, and Kung Mawawala Ka.

QUITTING ACTING? While she is extremely proud of her accomplishments in the past 15 years, there were also times when Alessandra thought about quitting.


READ: Alessandra de Rossi on plans to quit acting: “Kung hindi magbabago ang sistema, magbabago na ako ng ibang gagawin na mas makabuluhan.”


Does she still feel that way now?

"Usually, iyang emotion na iyan, nakukuha ko bago mag-start ang isang show; so since wala akong show ngayon, since February, wala akong ganoong emotion.

"I'm sure darating ako sa ganyan emotion, pag gagawa na ako ng new show, tapos, ‘Anong role ko? Retire na nga ako.’"

Those thoughts and questions, though relevant, are things that Alessandra could do without at this point.

"Titingnan ko na lang yung good side instead na mag-focus ako sa nega, though alam ko na dapat yung nega ang titingnan ko kasi 'yan ang pagsisisihan ko in the long run.

“Pero sabi nga nila, one day at a time. Kailangan mo lang minsan makita yung worth mo," Alex resolves.

FRIENDLY ADVICE. Having been in the industry for as long as she did, would Alex encourage aspiring young actors and actresses out there to join the business now?

"Sana maranasan muna nila maging normal," she answered firmly.

Alex explains what she means: "Ako na-realize ko, more than half of my life hindi ako nagkaroon ng normal na buhay.

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“Mayroon akong mga moments minsan na iniisip ko, 'Bakit kaya ang bait ko? Gawa-gawa ko lang ba iyon dahil natatakot ako na baka may mag-tsismis sa akin na masama ang ugali ko?'

"Yung parang, imbis na magalit ka, sabihin mo na lang, 'It's okay.’ Pero honestly gusto mo siyang sabunutan kasi it's not okay.

“Pero isipin mo, kapag ginawa mo yun, di naman nila maiintindihan kung anong nag-trigger nun. Mabait ba ako or sadyang di lang ako mapagpatol dahil ayoko ng gulo?

"At the end of the day, naiisip ko rin, mabait naman talaga ako, kasi ganoon din naman nanay namin. Iwas gulo siya.

"Minsan naiisip ko kung nagiging iba ba ang desisyon ko kung wala masyado nakatingin sa akin. Gusto ko minsan ma-experience yung ganoon na normal na buhay, normal na reaksyon.

“Tao ka lang, e. Puwede ka magkamali, puwede ka masaktan. Kasi sa ngayon parang di talaga puwede sa amin yun."

Given the choice, Alex says that being normal for her also means stepping behind the camera.

"Napaka-creative ko kasi talaga. Feeling ko, dun din ako mapupunta—sa writing, sa directing, photography, music. Lahat yun kaya kong gawin, e.

"Yung hindi lang ikaw ang nasa limelight, kasi ayoko naman talaga sa limelight, e. Pero ang sarap lang talaga umarte, e. Ayoko lang na masyado ako pinapansin."


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