How do celebrity parents explain their roles on television to their children?
In the case of Denise Laurel, she makes it a part of her daily convo with her five-year-old son Alejandro.
“It’s important that I tell him about my character, especially if there’s something shocking about to happen.
“One time, he was very young, there was a scene where I got bumped by a car, and then I rolled on the ground and got unconscious.”
Good thing the actress was then watching with Alejandro, who was two years old at that time.
“I looked at the TV because I was beside him, I went, ‘Remember Mama goes to work all the time?
“’And it’s my job to play other people, character.
“’Like when I read you a story, I’m bringing a story to life. So I’m acting out,’” she said in an exclusive interview held at the event of Robinsons Supermarket and P&G Philippines.
Does he know his mom is famous?
“There was a time when we got mobbed, and that’s a great feeling for me.
“I never say no to pictures no matter how tired I am, no matter how hungry or sick or about to faint, I’d still have a picture with someone.
“I was with him, and he was so small. And people were coming in so close.
“I don’t have a P.A. kasi or yaya or anything. It’s always just him and I.
“So when they were coming in so close, and I was trying to give attention to each and every person, I was holding out to him so tightly, and he started to get scared…”
The 29-year-old mom had to pull him aside so she could comfort him.
“I said, ‘I’m sorry if you got frightened, but those people are just so excited and are just so happy to see Mama.
“’And they just wanna take pictures so they can show their friends and their families that they’re happy to see me.’”
His reaction: “Are you a star?”
Denise continued, “I said, ‘I don’t know about star, but I do come out on TV and that’s my job, and I’m lucky that I get to do it.’”
Alejandro asked, “So am I a star, Mama?”
She replied, “Well, if you want to be, I won’t stop you but it takes a lot of hard work.”
Doesn’t he get upset when he sees her hurt on TV?
She recounted his reaction when he learned she was at the bottom three of Your Face Sounds Familiar.
“He would see me lose every week, and he’d be the one to cry for me and get upset. ‘Are they not your friends, Mama? How come they don’t vote for you?’
“So I had to explain the quality of hard work.
“So now he knows that it’s a job, and I love it, so I work hard for it.”
By the way, Denise was the grand champion of the reality talent show’s season two.