Sheena Halili appreciates the value of playing supporting roles

Actress Sheena Halili, for a time, confessed feeling left out by her more well-known StarStruck contemporaries: "Ako dati nag-worry ako, parang wala naman akong lugar dito sa showbiz kasi hindi naman ako nabibigyan ng work, di ba? Parang right timing lang din naman. Siguro pag nawala ako at least na-experience ko at nabigyan ako ng chance para maipakita kung anong meron ako."


Six years since joining showbiz through GMA-7's reality-based artista search, StarStruck, Sheena Halili remains to be identified in doing supporting roles unlike some of her batchmates who have experienced playing lead roles at least more than twice.

Although Sheena never denied feeling a bit envious towards her contemporaries in the past for fronting big projects, the San Fernando, Pampanga native eventually realized that doing supporting roles offers more opportunities often overlooked by fellow talents.

"May work naman ako. Masaya naman ako may dumarating sa akin, patong-patong pa nga minsan. Siyempre, dapat maging thankful na ako dun. Minsan naman merong mga bida na isang beses naging bida nga sila, tapos naman ang tagal-tagal walang work. E, di dun na lang ako sa tuloy-tuloy pero nandito lang sa likod...

"Ako, parang ano pang hihingin ko, e, binibigyan naman ako ng prject ng GMA. So, bakit pa ko mag-iinarte?" Sheena told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the entertainment press during a lunch interview held at the Executive Lounge of GMA Network Center earlier today, March 16.

She added, "Nabibigay ko naman ng maganda 'yong character na binibigay sa akin ang nabibigyan ko naman ng justice 'yong roles na binibigay. 'Yon yung mahalaga sa akin."

LIKING A BLUE EAGLE. Sheena will be seen in a special Lenten presentation titled Tanikala: Ang Ikalawang Libro, to be shown on Maundy Thursday, April 1, on GMA-7.

The said project is a blessing since Sheena got the chance to do something worth "giving back to the Lord" and at the same exhibit her drama skills as an actress. For someone who often assumes comedy roles, making people cry this time around is a welcome challenge.

"Kaya ko naman po umiyak, pero siyempre iba pa rin 'yong umiiyak ka sa TV tapos napapaiyak mo 'yong viwers mo. Hindi ko pa na-try, e. Hindi ko alam kasi ang lagi lang sinasabi sa akin, 'Uy, natatawa kami sa 'yo, napapasaya mo kami.'"

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Aside from the upcoming Holy Week special, Sheena is co-hosting Pinoy Extreme Talent alongside former Ateneo Blue Eagles sweet-shooting guard Chris Tiu.

"Alam niya na crush ko siya [Chris]," Sheena frankly admitted. She excitedly added, "Niloloko ko nga siya, alam n'yo naman po ako, di ba? Tumatawa lang naman siya kasi napaka-pormal niyang tao. Pero alam niya naman po na fan lang ako and may girlfriend siya alam ko."

The loveless Sheena, who once dated fellow StarStruck survivor Rainier Castillo, hopes to find "Mr. Right" someday.

"Hindi pa ibinibigay sa akin, e, good girl naman ako. Baka hinihintay ako ni Chris!" she joked.

Joking aside, Sheena said on her being single: "Siguro hindi binibigay ni God lahat, di ba? Parang siguro sinabi niya na, 'Pag binigyan kita ng boyfriend, baka mawala na focus mo sa career mo.' Pinagpi-pray ko kasi lahat. Alam ko naman na lahat ng nangyayari sa akin, e, si God lahat ang may pakana, may pakana kung bakit hindi pa ko ma-in love-in love."


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