Lorna Tolentino after 40 years in showbiz: “I don’t see myself retiring.”

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Lorna Tolentino is not showing signs of slowing down as she takes on the role of a career-oriented woman disillusioned by love in TV 5's Misterless Misis, which airs every Sunday at 9 p.m.


Lorna Tolentino, the Grandslam Queen known as LT in showbiz, started her acting career at age seven.

The process of entering the industry was tougher then, when Philippine films lorded it over the entertainment scene, which is now dominated by teleseryes.

“Sikat ang film no’n, e,” Lorna told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a sit-down interview last August 5.

"Hindi TV era ang time noon kaya ang hirap din… old school 'yong dating namin kasi pelikula.”

She related how she got the part of the young Susan Roces in an FPJ production.

“Dumaan ako sa… one thousand kaming mga kabataan, nag-trim down to 60, down to 20, 'yon, gano’n.”

TV VS. FILM. Forty years hence, Lorna remains a strong presence in the industry.

There have been a lot of changes in showbiz, but in Lorna’s view, “'Yong nagbabago yung outlook ng artista or yung nangyayari sa artista mismo.

“Alam natin na ang mga networks, 'yon talaga ang kinabubuhay ng mga artista ngayon, di ba?

“From all networks ‘yan. Kung freelance ka, you can freelance from one network to another.

“Depende sa priorities ng artista nga, once you’re doing a teleserye, that’s already six days of your life.

“The following day, parang drained na drained ka na because mula umaga hanggang… you’re working 16 to 18 hours a day.

“Lalo na kung ang sequences mo puro iyakan. Kinabukasan pahinga mo na yon, e.

“And then you have to wake up early. Kailangan nakatulog kang maaga.

“Kasi, 'yong body clock mo, gigising ka pa rin ng maaga kahit puyat ka.”

But the way artists hone their talent and subsequently the way they appreciate their work have changed.

“No’ng time din ng pelikula, nagkaroon na ng mga workshop and all.

“Parang from the artist mismo, 'yong mga veterans na, ‘Oh, we must do this, we should have a workshop.’

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“Also with the directors, kumbaga the ‘A’ directors.

“Sila ang huma-handle ng mga workshops na ‘yan, not from the network’s workshop na ito lang ang ibibigay sa yo.

“'Yong gano’n, dapat Artist Center ka, Talent Center ka, dito ka.

“Sino magwo-workshop? Si ganito… dati hindi, Ishmael Bernal mismo for oral interpretation.

“‘Yon ang mahirap na siguro i-duplicate, yong training na 'yon which was, luckily, naabutan pa namin.”

STAYING ON. In an industry where new talents sprout from almost anywhere, Lorna has shown how to remain on top of the game.

“'Yong tagal mo sa trabaho na ito ay nasa sa 'yo rin.

“Um, yong attitude, your responsibility to your co-workers, and appreciation and loving your work.

“And kung hindi talaga, lumalabas talaga.

“Ako rin naman no’ng bata ako, pero sometimes, iba yong attitude no’ng araw kasi sa film.

“Siguro kasi you have to also maintain yourself, unang una, para makita nila na nandiyan ka pa.

“Kasi kung okay ka, you do exercise, pag free 'yong time mo, healthy ka, syempre mas naiisip ka nila.

“Kanya-kanya naman ‘yan, e. Di ka nakikipagkumpetensiya. You have your own talaga na ikaw ang mag-iisip na bagay sa 'yo.”

Lorna intends to stay on.

“I don’t see myself retiring from the business. Maybe slowing down, but not really retiring.”

Her latest role is that of a career-oriented woman in TV 5’s Misterless Misis that aired its pilot episode last August 9.


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