The trend is, after Survivor Philippines, most castaways enter show business. But in the case of Aubrey Miles, a castaway in the celebrity edition of the hit GMA-7 reality show, being part of the show is the goal.
It is not the means to revive her career in the industry.
"I did Survivor not for the exposure for my career. I did it because I love the show. Una pa lang, hindi pa Celebrity [edition], pinipilit ko na si Paolo [Bediones, former host], 'Oy, gusto ko sumali diyan.'
"Yun nga mga lineup ko, gusto ko reality show. Next, I want another reality show na I'm planning to join and let's see what's gonna happen," she said in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the Pampers Babylympics held at Holiday Inn in Ortigas, Pasig City last October 18.
Aubrey and two-year-old son Hunter energetically competed and bested the rest of the celebrity moms and babies.
Aubrey admitted that she was still open to joining showbiz, but stressed that she would do so only if there were changes in the work pace.
"Kung merong magandang offer, pero hindi na tulad ng dati na, yung, work like a horse. Alam ko na kung ano yung priorities ko─family, myself, and then showbiz, my work," she said.
FAMILY FIRST. As if mellowed by time and motherhood, Aubrey sets family, especially her son, her priority.
"Gusto ko mag-work pag worth it na iwan ko yung anak ko sa bahay. Pag worth it talaga, and then I'll go for it," said Aubrey, who has another child from a previous relationship.
The actress also said that she isn't keen about going back to the sexy roles she did before.
"Hindi na yung pabalik, dapat yung pa-forward. Mamaya, sexy na naman. Kumbaga, tapos na ako dun. Gusto ko din yung sexy, pero hindi na talaga tulad ng before na—alam n'yo na yun," she said.
Aubrey's past sexy movies include Prosti (2002), where she played the role of a provincial prostitute, and Xerex (2003), a movie based on a tabloid sex-advice column where she played three different roles.
On the other hand, Aubrey said that she would still pose for men's magazines because she considers it easier and it doesn't consume much of her time.
She singled out FHM: "They do it artistic for me. Sila, pag gumawa sila, hindi bastusin."
THE DEAL WITH TROY. Asked if she has partner Troy Montero's blessing on the possibility of her showbiz comeback, Aubrey said that Troy doesn't have a problem with it.
However, he has just one condition: "Ayaw niya na i-prioritize ko yung showbiz. Gusto niya yung baby talaga. Kasi siya nagwo-work for us, tapos aalis lang ako, iiwan ko yung baby ko."
Aubrey added, "Wala naman siyang sinasabi na magtrabaho ako. Financially, okay naman kami. Basta kumportable kami."
How about Troy, who was one of the most sought-after hunks during his time?
"Hindi. Sabi niya, feeling niya, too old na daw [siya]. Gusto niya behind the camera," Aubrey said.
ERVIC VIJANDRE. While in Thailand for Survivor Philippines, Aubrey was noticeably close to model-athlete Ervic Vijandre, 24.
In an interview with PEP last October 18, Ervic said that he thinks of Aubrey as his older sister. "Close, kasi parang brother niya 'ko. Yung little brother niya yung... ewan ko, may little brother daw siya." (CLICK here to read related article.)
Aubrey explained that Ervic has a certain resemblance to her older brother.
"Kaboses niya yung older brother ko, ka-damit niya, ka-height, kamukha niya... So, I know right away, first day na siya na yung magiging alliance ko," she said.
Aubrey added that Ervic's openness about his personal life also put her at ease with him.
"Kasi, kung andun kayo sa isla na wala kayong ginagawa, tapos may isang lalaki na kuwento nang kuwento ng buhay niya, na na-touch ako, kasi yung story niya with his ex, yung loyalty niya. Ako, yung story ko naman, na-share ko naman nang konti.
"Hanggang ngayon, open pa din siya sa mga personal life niya, ganun. Ewan ko ba, in 36 days, nakabuo ako ng best friend na lalake," Aubrey said about her friendship with Ervic.
ERVIC IS OVER MARIAN. Since the two have talked about their personal lives, particularly about Ervic's ex-girlfriend Marian Rivera, does Aubrey think Ervic has moved on from his relationship with the famous actress? After all, that lasted for more than six years?
"Over na siya. Over na siya. Over na siya kay Marian," was Aubrey's definite assessment.
In fact, Aubrey said, Ervic wants people to stop linking him to Marian.
"Pero ayaw na niya na napag-uusapan pa, kasi nirerespeto niya yung relationship nila before. 'Tsaka nirerespeto niya yung relationship nila." Audrey was referring to the current relationship of Marian and her boyfriend Dingdong Dantes.
"Ayaw niya nang tinutukso siya, 'Uy, mahal mo pa!' It's not that nahe-hurt siya, ayaw niyang bastusin, parang ganun siya. Kaya nga gentleman siya, e," Aubrey explained.