"It’s hard to be a parent, my goodness!"
That was Chynna Ortaleza talking about the challenges of juggling her time between her career and domestic responsibilities.
The Kapuso actress is currently part of the GMA primetime teleserye Mulawin vs. Ravena.
In a press conference held last Thursday, July 20, she was launched as the new co-host of Chef Boy Logro’s cooking show on GMA News TV, Idol sa Kusina, which airs every Sunday.
"I didn’t know what I got myself into,” she whined good-naturedly at the presscon.
The 34-year-old star added, “I’m even lucky today I got to put makeup for you and dry my hair. Hahaha!”
For now, she and her husband Kean Cipriano are taking turns looking after their daughter.
But if they’re both busy, Chynna is thankful that they can always rely on her mom or her mother-in-law to look after Stellar.
“My mom or Kean’s mom, they’re very supportive of us that way, we’re very lucky to have supportive parents."
Chynna said that she tapes three times a week for Mulawin and once a month for Idol sa Kusina.
ON HAVING A NANNY. With a busy schedule, the actress has a nanny she can depend on to look after Stellar.
“Her name is Len-Len. She’s been with us for a year.
“I’m very happy because my daughter loves her,” she explained.
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During the interview, the Kapuso star related a time when she got stressed out because she thought her nanny was leaving for good—a nightmare for working parents.
She confessed, “I almost had a panic attack because that was the time that I was gonna start Mulawin."
At one point, Chynna admitted that she even contemplated the possibility of being a full-time mom and leaving her career altogether.
“Parang, ‘Am I really gonna stop acting?
"‘Cause I really had this feeling na I really needed to go back to my craft. There was something pulling me to go back to acting,” she said.
Chynna felt relieved when her nanny decided to stay.
“She couldn’t also leave my daughter. Parang she said, ‘Ma’am, I just need a vacation.’”
She described her nanny, 20, as a very nurturing woman.
“She plays with my daughter and makes her laugh a lot. I’m very thankful ‘cause I have a nice nanny."
However, Chynna also mentioned that she and Kean have agreed that even if their daughter has a nanny, it’s a must that a family member should always be around them.
“I can’t leave her with her nanny lang.
"I really have to have a family member with her.
"That’s our deal. Kean is even stricter," she pointed out.
The actress narrated her share of horror stories involving nannies and their wards.
CHYNNA ON MOTHERHOOD. Motherhood has also taught Chynna to appreciate her mom better.
She said, “Kaya nga it’s true, when you have your own kids, that’s when you start appreciating your parents more. Kasi it’s not easy.
“Imagine I’m like, ‘Mom, you raised three kids. How in the world did you do that?’
"Cause I’m stopping myself at one."
If Chynna will have her choice, "I don’t even want to consider another kid.
“Pero sabi ni Mom, ‘Sinasabi mo lang ‘yan. Pag lumaki ‘yan, mami-miss mo ang amoy ng baby.’”
While she and Kean are not entirely against the idea of having another baby, Chynna stated that they're not ready for it at the moment.
“We both feel very comfortable with one kasi nga kumbaga parang we’re like figuring this out.
“If it comes, it comes. Gano'n na lang.
"Rock and roll na lang talaga.
“But at the moment, we’re not actively trying. That’s for sure,” Chynna said.