Actress and mother Dimples Romana maintains a youthful charm about her. Her bedimpled cheeks, gentle eyes, and cherubic face have always been her signature appeal.
At 27, the actress has not aged a day since her teeny-bopper years when she acted alongside the generation of actors she grew up with.
Dimples now enjoys acting with a younger set of actors. She was seen in the Kapamilya remake of Mara Clara, the compelling classic teleserye that launched the careers of teen stars Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes.
In the year-end 2011 project—ABS-CBN’s Christmas special, Ikaw ay Pag-ibig—Dimples worked with child actors Zaijian Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat, Mutya Orquia and Louise Abuel.
The actress stars, yet again, with young adult actors Makisig Morales, Paul Salas, Sue Anna Ramirez, and Jane Oineza in the weekend horror series Oka2Kat.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) got to chat with Dimples at the premiere night of Star Magic’s special digital project, Anino, last March 26, at Cinema 7, SM North EDSA.
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the workshop department of the ABS-CBN exclusive talent center featured Dimples Romana, Jake Cuenca, Jodi Sta. Maria, Yeng Constantino and Joem Bascon in the film that pooled together a new breed of 160 promising talents.
In her brief interview, Dimples shared the joy of once again working with a new generation of actors with whom she exchanged acting tips.
“It was really fun kasi it was a new experience for us, plus I also had scenes with Jake," Dimples tells. "We had so much fun.
“Medyo sumi-serious lang kami nang konti, siyempre, kasi we know that this also marks their acting experience with Star Magic workshop.
“Siyempre, we really want to take this seriously. Kami ni Jake medyo ma-laro na. Sila they really took their roles seriously. They studied, they asked questions from us which was a bit flattering kasi… Wow! They’re asking questions!
“But, you know for actors… it’s also always a learning process. You can’t really stop. You really have to go on and on and on in learning. At some point, dumaan din kami sa ganun.”
Dimples relays the advice she gave them: “To really relax.”
She observed that “they were a bit tense.”
“Parang kasi once an actor is… ako, para sa akin, ‘pag ang actor, kinabahan or ninerbiyos nang sobra-sobra, hindi masyadong nagiging sensitive ang emotions mo to how you’re really supposed to act on a certain situation.
“So, pag ni-nerbiyos ka, mas nao-overcome na ng nerbiyos mo kung ano mang emosyon yung dapat mong nararamdaman. We were telling them to really relax and feel the mood of the scene. Dun din naman nagsisimula yun.”
BEING AMONG KIDS. When we observed that she often seems to have roles that place her among kids, Dimples smiles, “I’m really… masaya kasi it’s different when you’re working with younger people. Parang nakakabata siya, alam mo yun?”
She adds, “Kasi the people that you surround yourself with, that’s very important, e.
“Kasi siyempre, pag laging mga bata kasama mo, parang nai-imbibe mo na rin yung kanilang youthfulness, yung kanilang dynamic vibe.
"So ako, gustong-gusto kong nakakatrabaho yung mga bata, saka mommy ako, so natutuwa ako na nakakatrabaho ko yung halos kasing edad din lang ng anak ko.”
Dimples is a mother to 8-year-old Cal who enters third grade this year. She exclaims, “Grabe, may third grade na ako!”
Does she see Cal taking after her acting prowess? Dimples explains that it is too early to tell.
“Frankly… Cal enjoys taking photo shoots… She’s endorsing Tupperware with me now but for acting, I really don’t see it. For now, a.
“Siyempre, hindi ko rin masagot dahil malay mo in a few years magustuhan niya, pero ang usapan kasi namin ng asawa ko, kung anong gugustuhin ng bata na gawin.
“So, now, dahil summer, nagfi-figure skating siya saka swimming!
PREFERS WHOLESOME ROLES. Aside from consistently being offered TV soaps, Dimples has played supporting roles in both mainstream and independent projects.
In 2011, the actress was seen in the films In the Name of Love, Shake Rattle and Roll 13, My Neighbor’s Wife, and in the indie production Senior Year.
What roles does she still want to do?
“Ako naman, simple lang ako. Gusto kong roles na ginagawa yung mga bagay na mapapanood ng anak ko.”
She muses, “Siguro nagbago na rin kasi yung preference ko sa trabaho. Natutuwa ako na the Kapamilya network is consistently giving me work that I can be really proud about. Yung talagang masasabi ko kay Cal, you watch this ha?”
Dimples tries to balance family life and her acting career. In fact, she and husband Boyet Ahmee plan to create a bigger family.
“My husband and I are planning to have more [kids]. Hopefully, maybe two more or three more, God willing.
“But di pa dumarating, e. So sana mga next year or the year after that.
“I’m 27, so, I guess, I really have the luxury of time pa.”