Bago pa man atakihin ng asthma at isugod sa Capitol Medical Center si Lexi Fernandez kagabi, June 24, ay nakapanayam siya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa set ng GMA-7 afternoon soap na Kakambal ni Eliana noong Biyernes, June 21.
Napansin namin na sa gitna ng aming usapan ay manaka-naka siyang umuubu-ubo at paminsan-minsa’y humihingi siya sa amin ng pasensiya.
Sa ngayon ay “stable but still under observation” na ang kundisyon ng young actress, ayon sa feed ng isang source ng PEP.
Sa panayam namin sa kanya noong Biyernes ay kinumusta muna namin kay Lexi ang pinagkakaabalahan niya.
“Heto, busy kami taping nitong Kakambal… So far, this is what’s keeping me busy aside from my school.
“I’m in Living Heritage Academy… graduating [in high school].
“Next year, ano… we’re still fixing everything and decide what course to take in college.
“We’re trying to get things together.”
STILL INDECISIVE. Sa sarli niya, ano ang plano ni Lexi?
Tugon niya, “There’s so many things I wanna do, that’s the thing.
“Like what I said before, depende. But I want to do something with Arts.
“Something that can complement with what I’m doing now since I’m already working.
“I really am still indecisive right now.”
Bilang isang teenager, nagagawa pa rin ba niya ang normal na takbo ng buhay ng mga kaedad niya? Tulad ng mga gimik o pakikipagbarkada?
Sabi ng 18-year-old actress, “Yeah, I still go out with my friends.
“When I have no work or done with my school works, my mom [Maritoni Fernandez] naman is being lenient about those things na dapat gawin ng nasa age ko.
“But then, I am also expected to do what I am supposed to do also.
“Yeah, she’s very open kasi, first and foremost, I didn’t grow up working.
“I grew up in school… in a regular school with regular friends.
“She’s open naman to have me living a regular life. But with limits, of course.”
Dugtong pa niya, “I have to be home by 3:30 in the morning but that’s once a week though.
“My mom would tell be to be home by that time, which is fair naman.”
Sa kabila ng pagiging isang working student niya, pag-aaral pa rin daw talaga ang top priority ni Lexi.
Saad niya, “School remains the top.
“I agree naman kasi it’s different naman kasi na maging educated ka and go to school.
“Showbiz… I love acting. I love it so much—singing and dancing.
“So, as long as I keep my good grades, she’s very supportive.”
TAKING IT EASY. Wala naman daw siyang lovelife ngayon despite being linked to Jake Vargas before.
Sabi ng dalaga, “Lovelife… I’m taking it easy. Don’t wanna rush.
“I date but nothing serious.
“I’m eighteen, I just wanna enjoy my life.
“I have friends but most of them are non-showbiz.
“Sa showbiz kasi, I wanna focus on my work and do what I do.”
LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER. Tungkol naman sa kontrabida roles na ginagawa niya at ng kanyang ina, sinusundan ba niya talaga ang career path ni Maritoni?
Sabi ni Lexi, “My is mom is a respected kontrabida. And it inspires me more.
“She’s so respected in this business and I think kahit sinong actress wants to reach that level.
“Kaya nga ako ngayon, I’m just working hard and continue to strive to do my best.
“I wanna be a respected actress, not just a kontrabida. I wanna be good in everything.”
Maganda raw ang relasyon nilang mag-ina.
“She knows naman I’m good. I have not shown any signs of not being a good daughter.
“I always tell her nga, ‘Mom, don’t worry about me.’ ‘Coz alam ko naman na ayaw kong mamroblema siya sa akin.
“She’s almost perfect mother naman kaya nga I respect and love her so much. She knows that ‘coz we’re really close.”
Dagdag pa ni Lexi, “She’s my manager, so alam niya ang bawat galaw ko.
“In fact, we also have a good relationship with Artist Center kaya wala akong complaints sa way ng pag-handle ng career ko.
“I trust GMA and, so far, masaya ako with them.
“It’s really fun and it’s… for me, perfect talaga.”
Napanood din daw niya ang ilang nakaraang pelikula ng kanyang mommy.
Natatawang sabi ni Lexi, “Yeah, I’ve seen her in one of her films. Wow, she’s so sexy and so hot!
“That was funny.
“I’m so proud of what she’d done and accomplished in her life.
“Ako, I get it right now. Kasi, I am what she was at her age before, e.
“I know it was hard to get where she is right now. And I respect that.”
Hindi naman kaila na nagkaroon ng breast cancer ang kanyang ina noon. Paano natanggap ni Lexi ang sitwasyon na yun?
“It was… hindi ko pa masyadong alam kasi I was then six years old.
“I did not completely understand, but now I understand that it was not an easy thing for my mom to go through.
“She really fought for me and I’m very thankful she’s still around because I need her.
“I’m very thankful to God that He saved her life.”
A DIFFERENT LEVEL. Inamin din ni Lexi na tulad ng ibang sikat na young stars ay pangarap niyang maging isang kilalang aktres o leading lady pagdating ng panahon.
Saad niya, “Siyempre, every young star naman or artista ay yun ang level na gustong marating... slow steps.
"But I just want to continue working hard. That’s why, kung anuman yung role na ibinibigay sa akin, I’ll do my best.
“It’s not an easy way. Every artista naman ay dumadaan muna sa maraming pagsubok and, eventually, kapag na-recognize ka na, everything turns around.
“At saka, I think, may halong suwerte din.
“And how your network is building you up, the roles na ginampanan mo,” pagwawakas niya.