Life without Eat Bulaga! is so much “busier,” according to Daiana Menezes.
The Brazilian beauty says she’s no longer “in the eye of the public TV viewers of my former daily show,” but she has the time now for tapings, shooting, and performing in different provinces.
Of course, she had to initially deal with the “change” in what had become her routine for five years.
She misses TVJ (Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon), “lalo na [si] Tito Joey joking on the dressing room,” and also “Ms Pia G.”
She also mentions her “boss/ co-manager Malou Fagar,” who is still her text mate to date.
In the email she sent to Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP.ph) on May 20, she underscores, “I LOVE MY EAT BULAGA FAMILY FOREVER AND WILL BE THANKFUL TO THEM.”
At the same time, she’s excited about doing more than just smile for the camera, and exploring the other things that "Amiga Daiana" can do.
WHAT NOW? Her mindset at present is to improve her craft.
Daiana elaborates, “Meaning, ang gusto ko is give to the public something they deserve [to] watch and they’ll appreciate, [and] not just see me daily sa TV just for the sake of having a regular and yet not putting smile or emotions on people’s face.”
Performing, she says, “is something I love to do,” that’s why, she considers herself lucky because she got to sing and dance every Sunday on the defunct SOP.
Recording the theme song of GMA-7’s series All About Eve with Krista Kleiner and Martha was also a feat for Daiana, who initially wanted to just model around the world.
And even if she’s not that fluent in Tagalog, “I had some breaks in between.”
One by one, Daiana enumerates the opportunities that came her way—playing female lead in My Darling Aswang for four seasons; hosting Ogags; and being part of the TV shows Lipgloss, Lokomoko U, Bubble Gang, Paparazzi, Talentadong Pinoy, and films Iskul Bukol, Bubble Gang, Dobol Trobol, and Yaya and Angelina (The Spoiled Brat Movie).
She is now working on Sketch, a movie, and Umagang Kay Ganda, where she has a make-over segment running every Monday and Friday.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. Acting is where she wants to invest more time and energy.
Daiana remarks, “I’m not yet there to say I will make pili…”
Though she really wants to bag a lead role, she is aware that not being a “real full-blooded Filipina” is one of her major hurdles.
For her upcoming film, she’s playing “second lead,” but is still thankful.
“Work is work,” she says.
Plus, it’s a chance for her to skip comedy, which has been her “comfort zone," and to try “action” and “drama with a touch of romance.”
She also wishes to work again with Vic Sotto, Michael V, and Ogie Alcasid, and have a project with Bong Revilla, Cesar Montano, Derek Ramsey, Aga Muhlach, Jericho Rosales, John Sweet Lapus, Vice Ganda, Eugene Domingo, Anne Curtis, Ruffa Mae Quinto, and Nora Aunor.
Performing and hosting will still figure in her career.
She says, “Pinoys do love to see a versatile artist… I’m exploring all to see what I’m into…”
And on top of these, she also plans to “go back to designing and painting and still model around the world.” Before coming to the country, the model-host says she “took up fashion design abroad and in the university, also interior design.”
Lastly, how’s your love life?
Her response: “Hmmm, diyan na naman tayo. I’m enjoying work and life.
“No more time for taking any serious relationship. Like I’ve done all my life, every relationship, I take it as it’s my last.”
If there’s one thing she learned from her last relationship: “No drama or allow anyone to make me loko or occupy my time with empty promises, or make me take look after and take care of them…”
So, her Facebook status now is “single.”