Kahapon, August 17, ay ekslusibong nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang batikang aktres na si Gloria Diaz sa Manila Peninsula Hotel, kung saan naganap ang launch ng brand ambassadors ng Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
Isa sa mga ito ang pamangkin niya na si Georgina Wilson, anak ng kapatid niyang si Aurora Diaz-Wilson.
Una naming kinuha ang reaksiyon ng kauna-unahang Pinay Miss Universe ukol sa pagsabak ng anak niyang si Isabelle Daza sa showbiz.
"Amazing!" ang sagot ng proud mommy ni Belle.
"You know, I mean, it’s great. It’s a fun job.
"At least she will be exposed and she’ll see how she likes it and so far she’s thrilled."
Ayon kay Gloria, noong kabataan daw ni Isabelle ay talagang wala itong interes sa show business.
Paano ba niya nahikayat ang anak na pasukin ang industriyang ito?
"Well, no. I didn’t influence her before, but I know what she can do. So, slowly I introduced it to her.
"In the beginning she was resisting, but at the end of the day, now, [she’s into it.]"
Kumusta naman ngayon si Belle? Paano niya hina-handle ang buhay- showbiz?
"She’s a little scared. She’s very scared, she’s very insecure about just going for it because she sees all the talents surrounding her.
"But I think she’ll be good one day," sabi ni Ms. Gloria.
Ano nga ba ang nakapagpabago sa isip ni Belle tungkol sa show business?
"At that time [teenage years ni Belle] no, there was no way. She wasn’t even part of the scenario.
"[But then,] she grew up and she had a lot of friends who were into showbiz.
"She had Anne [Curtis], then Solenn [Heussaff] got into it.
"And then, of course, Raymond [Gutierrez] was her friend and Richard [Gutierrez].
"She had a lot of friends, so parang she was the only outsider.
"So I said, ’What do you think? Just give it a try."
"And so she did a video, yung ’Ikaw Na Nga’ ni Willie [Revillame] and she enjoyed it and she likes it."
Ano naman ang masasabi ni Gloria sa performance ng kanyang anak sa naturang video?
"You know, you can see in the video that she’s a little bit tense, but I said, ’Hey, don’t think I wasn’t uncomfortable the first time.’
"And now she’s slowly [learning.]"
Proud ding ibinalita ni Gloria na sasabak na si Isabelle ngayong araw, August 18, sa kanyang first official acting job sa programang Spooky Nights ng GMA-7.
"I said, ’Did you know your dialogue?’ And she said, ’Well, I read it and I have very little dialogue.’
"I said, ’Thank God for that and just go for it."
Kinakabahan pa rin daw ang anak bagamat ilang linggo na rin siyang nae-expose sa telebsiyon through her regular shows Party Pilipinas at Manny Many Prizes sa GMA-7.
Ang payo ni Gloria sa anak: "You know, it’s scary but she has all the support.
"Miss [Annette] Gozon is helping her and everybody’s helping her. She has nothing to fear."
Ano naman ang mga hinihinging advice sa kanya ni Isabelle?
"She doesn’t really ask for advice. You know how kids are. They don’t want [you] to know that they ask for advice.
"More than anything, she sounds it off. She sounds off what she’s doing, et cetera; and then slowly she [asks for my opinion.]
"’What do you think about it? What do you feel about it?’
"And I say, ’You can do it. Don’t worry, you can do it. Kaya mo iyan.’"
MISS UNIVERSE. Matatandaan na unang nakilala ng publiko si Gloria Diaz nang sumali at nanalo siya sa Miss Universe pageant noong 1969.
May chance din kayang subukan ni Isabelle ang kapalaran sa pagsali sa isang beauty contest?
"I doubt if she’ll do that. She likes showbiz," agad na sagot ni Gloria.
Ano naman ang pangarap niya para sa anak?
"I hope she gets into comedy because she’s a very good comedian.
"Although, a stranger would not see that because she’s still tense and she’s still scared and she’s still uncomfortable with the camera but [eventually] she will.
"She will, I hope," aniya.
Sa usaping Miss Universe, may maibibigay ba siyang payo sa ating kandidata this year na si Shamcey Supsup para sa nalalapit na patimpalak?
"Do the best you can, don’t feel stressed out, it’s not a matter of life and death, and enjoy.
"That’s the most I can think of. I always say that, just go out and enjoy."
Samantala, magiging busy muli si Gloria sa dalawang proyektong nakalinya sa kanya.
Isa dito ay ang upcoming teleserye ng ABS-CBN.
"It’s called Doha, about OFWs. But it’s not a very heavy [drama]. Medyo love story. We already had a story [conference.]"
Gagawa rin ng pelikula si Gloria this year under the direction of Joel Lamangan.
"I don’t know the title but it’s with Ruffa [Gutierrez] and Gabby Concepcion and it also has some slight comedy. [Showing on] end of November," banggit niya.