Empress Schuck not yet ready for serious romance

by Nerisa Almo
Mar 5, 2009
Empress Schuck feels grateful to have been given a lead role in Your Song Presents Underage. "Sa tagal-tagal ko na, di ba?" laughs Empress. "Masaya ako dahil sa ngayon, ito yata yung pinaka-launching ko, di ba, at least isa ako sa mga bida."

Young actess Empress Schuck said her mother and manager, Becky Aguila, reminded her not to get involved in a romantic relationship yet.

"Inunahan na ako ng nanay ko 'tsaka ng manager ko 'wag ka muna magkaboyfriend," she told the media after the press conference of her new weekly drama series Your Song Presents Underage held recently.

"Siyempre pag 18 na siguro, pag nag-18 na," she added. "Pero gusto ko rin naman kasi na mag-[focus] muna ako sa studies ko at saka sa career ko. Kasi feeling ko sa studies ko medyo kulang pa, kasi mas malaki yung focus ko dun sa career ko. Feeling ko kulang pa din, so pag medyo natupad ko na yung pangarap ko or kapag siguro natapos ko na yung pag-aaral ko at okay na yung career ko, at saka parang stable na, 'tsaka ako magbo-boyfriend."

Right now, the 16-year-old actress said she's happy getting inspiration from other young actors. "Siguro sa mga crush-crush, mga ganyan, pero yung love na love wala," said Empress.

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CELEBRITY LOOK-ALIKE. The Underage actress laughed off rumors saying that she got mad when someone mistook her for Wowowee co-host Valerie Concepcion.

"Kamukha ko ba?" she asked. "Nasanay kasi ako sa Gretchen [Barretto] daw [laughs]. In fairness, iba-iba 'yong sinasabi sa akin, may ano pa nga eh, may [Rio] Locsin. So iba-iba, e, pero mas marami yung Valerie. Pero okay lang kasi magkakilala naman kami at saka magkapatid naman kami sa manager [Becky Aguila]."

With all her celebrity look-alikes, Empress prefers to have the same look as La Greta. "Siyempre Gretchen, huwag ko lang daw gagayahin ang attitude, joke!" she laughed.

She continued, "'Yon lang sinasabi nila, kamukha ko raw. Pero sana daw huwag ko daw gayahin yung ugali, ewan ko. Pero... ok lang din kung si Ate Val."

GOES DARING ON UNDERAGE? Empress was aware that the movie version of their weekly series was a bit daring. She would not be as daring though as the original actresses in the movie, she said.

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"Sabi lang nila 'yon," she laughed. "Actually, first taping pa lang daring na, kasi para sa akin daring na yung pagsusuot ng maikling damit, puro naka-sleeveless, puro naka-skirt. Daring na yun para sa akin. Pero yung daring na may kissing scene or whatever, wala. As in super kissing scene, wala. Siyempre, boyfriend pa nga, di pa ako nagkakaro'n, 'tapos mauunahan na kaagad ng kiss, huwag naman."

The young Kapamilya star plays the role of Celina, whose character was originally played by Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. She felt comfortable because Maricel was not as daring as Dina Bonnevie or Snooky Serna in the movie version.

"Siya naman yung conservative kaya medyo okay lang at saka may pagka-tomboy. May pagka lang pero di naman tomboy," she added.

Empress also recalled the tips that Maricel had given her about being an actress when they worked together in Bida Si Mister, Bida si Misis.

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She related, "Sabay-sabay n'ya kaming pinagsabihan na maging seryoso daw kami sa lahat ng mga gagawin namin. At saka marami siyang pinagbabawal katulad nung pants, yung low-waist, ayaw n'ya no'n. Ayaw n'ya nang nagsusuot kami ng ganon ni Ate Shaina [Magdayao]. Marami, marami kaming nakuhang advice from her."

Does she also dream to become a known actress like the Diamond Star?

"Oh, my gosh!" she exclaimed. "Siguro mas magiging one big actress ako dati, noong bata ako. Wala akong iniisip no'n, wala akong pressure, e. Kasi pag may pressure lalo ka nga [nate-tense], di ba? So, no'ng bata ako, hindi ko naiisip na pine-pressure nila ako ganyan, kaya laging 'take one'. Pero hindi ko naman sinasabing hindi ako palaging take one ngayon. Meron lang talaga na ikaw okay ka, pero yung technical, okay ba? Yung parang ganon, pero so far nagte-take one naman ako."

Empress added that she tries not to drive her expectations too high about her showbiz career. It's when she just takes her time and lets her hopes linger that she does well.

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She explained, "Kasi madalas sa akin, pag [umasa] ako, hindi nangyayari so parang iniisip ko na lang, 'ah baka hindi pa'. Baka parang wala pa naman 'to, parang ganon. Kasi pag iniisip ko 'yon, yun, yung bumobongga talaga. So, sana lang, yun lang, yung lagi kong sinasabi, sana lang talaga eto na yun."

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Empress Schuck feels grateful to have been given a lead role in Your Song Presents Underage. "Sa tagal-tagal ko na, di ba?" laughs Empress. "Masaya ako dahil sa ngayon, ito yata yung pinaka-launching ko, di ba, at least isa ako sa mga bida."
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