“This is my fourth year, I have three more years,” umpisang pahayag ni Gwen Zamora nang tanungin siya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) tungkol sa kontrata niya sa GMA Artist Center.
Co-managed siya ngayon ni Ronnie Henares at ng GMA Artist Center.
Ayon kay Gwen, may offer dati sa kanya mula sa ibang TV networks.
“There was [TV]5 before, but no, I’m happy where I am now.”
Nakausap ng PEP si Gwen sa Bingo Bajaj event ng Wheeltek sa Malolos, Bulacan, sa pag-iimbita ng AVP ng kumpanya na si Joel Ortiz Luis.
DREAM ROLE. Ano ba ang dream role ni Gwen?
“Mentally-ill or tomboy,” mabilis niyang sagot.
Kung tomboy ang role niya, ang choice niyang “leading lady” ay si Ellen Adarna dahil magkaibigan daw sila.
Tinanong din namin si Gwen tungkol sa pagkukumpara ng pag-arte nila ni Sam Pinto.
Totoo bang nakaka-ten takes daw si Sam sa mga eksena nito sa GMA-7 gag show na Bubble Gang?
“No naman, no. Never take ten, no. Walang nagte-take ten,” depensa naman ni Gwen.
“I don’t like to compare myself especially with people that I work with.
“I see her every Monday [sa taping ng Bubble Gang], she’s like my sister na in showbiz, so parang we just work together.”
THEATER TRAINING. Thankful naman si Gwen na napupuri ang acting niya.
“Well, it’s good that they recognize that kasi I really studied acting talaga before in Australia and in China and in Thailand.
“I started acting when I was fourteen in Australia... eight months.
"It was parang one of my courses—theater.
“In China, I was teaching kids naman... drama acting, from age six to ten [years old].
“That was for about nine months. I was just there for my gap year, between high school and college.
“I started acting in Singapore.
"Actually, it was my first time taking drama as a course.
“’Coz I came from a French school. Sa French school... history, math, the main subjects.
“Pero it was my first time moving to an Ivy school where you can pick your subjects. Then I picked Drama.
“Sabi ko, ‘Why not?’
"Kasi I was super-shy before. And after that, parang I fell in love with it... hindi na ako tumigil.”
VERSATILE. Marami nang nagampanang papel si Gwen sa mga shows ng GMA-7.
Kuwento niya, “First soap ko, Grazilda. After noon, Machete and Alakdana, and then Biritera, and then Aso Ni San Roque.”
Never daw siyang nag-demand sa GMA-7 na bigyan siya ng solo show o show na siya ang bida.
“Ah, no. Like one step at a time,” sabi ni Gwen.
“If they think I’m not ready, okay, but I always do the best that I can with each role that I do.
“And I’m glad that GMA, binibigyan ako ng mga character roles, iba’t iba talaga yung mga roles ko—from maarte to seductive, to fairy like sa Enteng [Kabisote] and mother roles.
“I’ve done so many different types of roles—from good to bad, nag-kontrabida ako, nag-goody-goody, drama and comedy—so ang sarap.
“I get to spread my horizons with my craft.”
Kung papipiliin si Gwen between drama and comedy, ano ang mas gusto niya?
“I can’t pick talaga, both talaga,” sagot niya.
“I started with clowning when I first started the craft of acting, clowning ang ginawa ko.
“To be honest, the hardest to do is comedy and once you get it, ang sarap ng feeling.
“Pero drama, I never knew that I was able to cry until my third year of acting and ang sarap din.
“Once you have a tear that came from within, ang sarap ng feeling.”
Hindi ba siya hirap na makilala ng mga tao bilang komedyana, samantalang ang ganda ng mukha niya?
“I can make my face ugly!” sabay-tawa ni Gwen.
“People laugh at me naman, e.
“I guess the content of the written comedy... iyon na lang ang sasakyan ko.”
MEN’S MAGAZINE COVER. Na-offer-an na si Gwen na maging cover girl ng FHM, pero ayaw raw niya.
“I feel like I don’t need to do that. Maybe when I’m older... way older,” at muli siyang natawa.
Dahil ba isang men’s magazine ang FHM?
“It’s not that, it’s just not the image that I want to portray.
“I’m very conservative in the sense... even though I’m very western and outspoken, conservative pa rin ako with my body.”
Sexy naman siya talaga at puwedeng pang-men’s magazine.
“No, I’m just good at hiding my body!” muli siyang natawa.
“Pero I’m working on it, I started working out na...
“I started kickboxing, I started running every morning, I started swimming, tapos full on diet na ako.
“And I’m happy YSA is starting parang new meals, parang Southbeach Diet, they send you food every day.”
Paano kung may offer sa kanya na isang sexy indie movie na maipapakita niya ang husay niya sa pag-arte?
“I’ll revise the script and the character and see from there.”
At kung may love scene?
“If it is needed, yes,” tugon naman niya.
“It depends talaga, e. I have to see how it is, how it’s dealt with.
"Kasi pag naka-full-on nude, no!
“Kung may [bandeau] tapos it’s artistically done, na suggestive lang, why not?
"Pero kung full-on, no, I don’t think so.”
FAVORITES. Inisa-isa ni Gwen ang most handsome male celebrities para sa kanya.
“Marvin Kiefer [former Survivor Philippines castaway].
"He’s like my little brother... he’s so funny, he makes me laugh and he’s also with Tito Ronnie now. So we’re like family.
“Dennis Trillo. He’s really a good actor and he’s nice to work with... he’s very receptive.
“Aljur [Abrenica], he’s very charming.”
DISLIKES. Ano naman ang pinaka-ayaw ni Gwen na parte ng showbiz?
“I hate dressing up,” sabay-tawa niya.
“Yes! It is a challenge to find clothes and I’m super picky.
"I’m picky about the color, I’m picky about the texture, I’m picky about the cloth...
"It has to be a certain way of cloth, it can’t be too polyester, it has to be like cotton.”
LIKES. Ang pinakagusto niya naman sa pagiging artista ay ang pag-arte mismo.
Hindi ba niya gusto ang perks at ang fame?
“No. Kasi after working hours, I’m very to myself, personal, I go back to my old life.
“Hindi ako yung type na, ‘Ay, look at me, I’m Gwen Zamora, walking down the street!’ No.”
Kapag wala siya sa harap ng kamera…
“I hang-out with my friends, I go to the gym, and I read books.
“I started reading. It’s my New Year’s resolution ’coz I realized I haven’t read a book in a year or more than a year.
“My fave book is Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho.
“You really see yourself as the girl and then you contemplate your choices... if it’s right, if it’s wrong.
“Alam mo yung he gives you all the wrong so that you can see the right.”
NON-SHOWBIZ. Kumusta naman ang lovelife ni Gwen?
“It’s really good.
“No, he’s not from showbiz.
“Well, he’s all over my Instagram,” sabay tawa ni Gwen.
Ang tinutukoy ni Gwen ay ang boyfriend niya for almost a year na si Raymond Romualdez, isang businessman na taga-Tacloban at anak ni Alfred Romualdez sa first wife nito.
Wala pang balak magpakasal sina Gwen at Raymond.
“No naman, we’re still young, take it one step at a time.”
Hindi na ba tumatanggap ng mga manliligaw si Gwen at kaya ba niyang ipagpalit ang career sa pag-ibig?
“I don’t need to think about that because I’m with a very understanding man.”
Kaya kung sakaling mag-aasawa na si Gwen ay mag-aartista pa rin daw siya.
“Maybe I’ll slow down but I would definitely not stop—I love acting, e.”