Perennial "best friend" Sheena Halili tells how to play the perfect BFF

Comedienne Sheena Halili gets funny and serious on Showbiz Central's "Gimme Mo" segment, where she answers some recent intrigues regarding her personal life and career.


Sheena Halili has come a long way since getting the boot in the original StarStruck. The Season 1 Avenger may have been eliminated, but her star stood the test of time and was rewarded with primetime TV starrers like MariMar, Ako si Kim Samsoon, and the upcoming fantasy drama Encantadia: The Second Saga.

On Showbiz Central today, January 31, Sheena guests for the second time to answer the piling intrigues concerning her personal life and career.

RECONCILING WITH RAINIER. But first, host Mo Twister asked Sheena about her lovelife. Since she broke up with Rainier Castillo, rumor has it that Ranier wants to be taken back. How does she feel about this?

Sheena laughed, "Ganito 'yan, napag-usapan na namin iyan. After ng breakup, di ba, two years kami hindi okay noon. Tapos napag-usapan namin iyon noong nag-taping kami ng Dear Friend. Parang sinabi niya sa akin na kung puwede ba namin pag-usapan. Siyempre, ang hirap naman na magka-work kayo tapos hindi kayo okay, di ba? So maganda na pinag-usapan namin at masaya ako na okay na kami."

Does she feel that Ranier is courting her because she's more popular these days?

"Walang ganun," exclaimed Sheena. "Sikat din naman siya, di ba? At hindi pa naman ako sikat. Kinikilala pa lang ako, baka magalit sila!"

So who's inspiring her right now?

Sheena answered, "Maraming bagay na dapat ako ma-inspire at 'yon nga, matagal ko hiningi itong work na magkaroon ako ng maraming work. Maganda talaga na mag-focus muna ako. So ngayon na may work ka, huwag muna hihingi ng bagay na wala ka."

Does she feel that she's leaving her batchmates behind since she's getting more projects now?

"Mayroon naman silang mga work, okay naman sila," smiled Sheena. "Kaya lang naman ako nainggit dati kasi talagang hindi nakikita sa TV! Sila nakikita naman kaya huwag sila ganoon! Mayroon nang pera bangko ko!"

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PLAYING THE PERFECT BFF. Sheena often gets the "best friend" role and she's clearly good at it. But is it true that she's getting tired of it?

In a more serious tone, she answered, "Bakit ka naman magsasawa kapag binibigyan ka ng magandang role at break ng GMA-7, di ba? Dapat magpasalamat nga ako kasi iyong iba diyan, pumapayag na nandoon lang sa likod ng best friend. Ako naman iyong best friend! At excuse me, best friend nga ako pero pinapatay ako para maging best friend ako ulit noong isa. Siguro mabuti lang talaga akong kaibigan!"

Since she's content with the roles she's getting right now, does Sheena aspire to be the lead someday?

"Ay!" she exclaimed. "Sure naman! Sino ba naman artista ang hindi gusto magkaroon ng big break, di ba? Pero sa ngayon, masaya ako sa binibigay sa akin ng Artist Center at GMA. Before matapos ang isang work, binibigyan nila ako ng work. Ang importante, e nabibigyan ko ng justice lahat ng work na binibigay nila sa akin!"

What's her advice to fellow artists who get best friend roles on how to become really good at it?

"Pag-aralan niyo kung paano kayo mag-click," said Sheena. "Kailangan may chemistry talaga."


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