Ang dahilan kung bakit napaaga ang pamamaalam ni Cherie Gil sa Ikaw Lamang ay kailangan daw niyang lumipad sa Scarsdale, New York para daluhan ang graduation ng anak niyang si Bianca Rogoff.
Masayang kuwento ni Cherie nang nakausap siya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa 37th Gawad Urian awards night noong June 17, “She’s the next generation of actors again.
"She decided to be an actress and she’s gonna major in Theater Arts, and she’s been accepted to her first choice of school which is the Tisch School [of the Arts] NYU [New York University].
"And she will be the first Eigenmann who will probably go through a real [acting] course and professional training."
Nakatakdang grumadweyt ng high school si Bianca sa June 27. Siya ang nakatatanda sa dalawang anak ni Cherie sa internationally acclaimed violinist na si Rony Rogoff.
Naimpluwensiyahan ba niya ang anak sa hilig nito sa pag-arte?
“Oh no, no,” mabilis na iling ni Cherie.
“Kung anuman ang influence ko, I tried to convince her to do something else because she’s in New York.
"You know naman, there are dozens of actors, so sabi ko, ‘You want to take another course that you know at least you can rely on.'
"At least, nakumbinse ko siya na kumuha ng minor and, I think, Education or Psychology?
“But ang answer niya sa akin, ‘Mom, to be an actress and when I’m on stage, that’s when I’m happiest.’
"So, it’s a different turnover because at least, on her part, siya yung nagdesisyon.
“Ngayon, magga-graduate siya from Scarsdale High School and she’ll enter NYU Tisch School of the Arts.”
Kailan nagsimula ang interes ni Bianca sa acting?
“When they were studying sa British School here, naumpisahan ko na sila.
“Actually, she auditioned for The Sound of Music with Rep [Repertory Philippines], nag-Sound of Music siya, yes.
“She’s all around, e. She plays the piano, musician kasi ang father.
"And then, she did Children’s Letters to God with Bart Guingona as the director.
“So she had a taste of professional theater, and when she was at the British School, she was involved in theater.
"And then I put up a theater company for the students of British School, yeah.
“Dreamplace was the name of my theater company. Naka-dalawang seasons kami with Michael Stewart as the teacher.”
Sa U.S. daw susubok si Bianca to have an acting career
Ayon kay Cherie, “Yun ang kanyang dream.
“Well, basically, it has to be because hindi siya nakapag-practice ng Tagalog.
"But eventually, who knows, baka matuto rin siya.”
Susundan ni Bianca ang mga yapak niya sa pag-arte?
“Wala. Kanya-kanyang yapak!” humahalakhak niyang pahayag.
EARLY EXPOSURE. Kailan nalaman ni Bianca na isa siyang aktres sa Pilipinas?
“When I came back to do a soap, it was truly traumatic for her.
"She was only mga three years old. Sumama siya sa set.
“Hawak-hawak ko siya. Sabi ko, ‘Okey, babe, Mommy’s gonna have shooting first.’
“Ang nasabi ko shooting, hindi ko na-explain. Iyak siya nang iyak. Ayaw niya akong pakawalan.
"And I was so stupid as a mother to have not explained it properly.
“I was trying to get somebody to help me kasi she kept crying and crying and crying.
"Then I realized, 'Ay tanga,' I used the word 'shooting.' Akala niya, papatayin ako.
“I explained to her, 'This is what’s going to happen, I’m gonna be on TV.'
"So sumali siya sa isang eksena. Tumawid lang siya.
“After that shot, sabi ko, ‘Now, come and watch the monitor, see?’ Natuwa naman siya.”
VACATION. Ano naman ang sabi ng ama ni Bianca na si Rony sa napili niyang kurso?
Ani Cherie, “Okey naman sa kanya.
"Siya ang magbabayad ng tuition, e. He’s very supportive.
“Bianca is my only daughter kay Rony and he has another daughter, the eldest. So that makes two for Rony and one for me.
“And I’m taking this wonderful break now after Ikaw Lamang. I’m so excited.
"I’m taking her to Spain for a little mom and daughter time-out, God's gift. Thank you to Dreamscape.”
Hanggang kailan ang bakasyon niya abroad?
“Depende kay Dreamscape," pabiro niyang saad.
“I’m looking for a two to three-month break,” dagdag niya.
Meron nang kasunod na project?
Dasal niya, “Sana. I don’t want to bet on it but I’m open.
“I-e-enjoy ko muna ang bonding moments ko with my daughter.
“I cannot wait. This is an ardent dream of mine to take my daughter with me sa Spain.”
PARENTS. Pinili raw niya ang Spain dahil, "Marami kaming relatives doon na hindi ko pa nakikilala.
"My mom [Rosemarie Gil] has direct connections to our first cousins and they live there, and we’ve never met them.”
Wala bang balak bumalik sa Pilipinas at showbiz ang kanyang ina?
“Minsan tempted siya, my mom [would say], ‘Do you think I should come back? I'm missing it.'
“Sasabihin ko naman sa kanya, ‘Mom, stay with dad [Eddie Mesa].’ Chillax [chill and relax].’
“I think it’s best for her to enjoy her retirement years in the States.”
Sa California na nakatira ang parents ni Cherie habang nasa New York naman ang mga anak nila ni Rony.