Shaina Magdayao reveals what’s keeping her sane

PHOTOS: Jewelle Pacia

PHOTOS: Jewelle Pacia

Being in showbiz for most of her life, Shaina Magdayao shares her views on how she keeps herself sane despite the nature of her work.

“From my experience, hindi ko kailangan ng maraming kaibigan. I need quality friends. And I would say na kaya siguro okay pa ako ngayon or sane pa ako ngayon because of the friends that I have.” says Shaina at the media conference of iWant’s new original digital series, Past, Present, Perfect? held in Quezon, City last June  4.

She emphasizes that having a solid support system is her secret in order to stay strong in show business.

“For me, isa talaga yan sa pinapasalamatan ko kasi binigyan ako ni Lord ng solid support system,” says Shaina. “Kasi hindi madali ‘yong buhay ko especially in front of the media and the cameras. Maraming nangyayari sa totoong buhay ko na hindi ko pwedeng dalhin sa trabaho. So ‘yong nag-aabsorb ng totoong problema ko, ‘yong totoong problema ng totoong Shaina, ‘yong solid support system ko.”

The romance-drama series, directed by Dwein Baltazar (Exes Baggage & Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus), takes the viewers back to their high-school days, post-college ambitions, and puppy love conquests.

Shaina plays the role of the protagonist’s old version—Shantal—alongside stars Loisa Andalio (who plays the young Shantal) and Vin Abrenica.

The actress says she related so much from her character with regard to having lasting friendships.  

“I could really relate to Shantal. Kasi ‘yong mga kaibigan ko nung high school hanggang ngayon kaibigan ko pa din sila,” explains Shaina. “‘Yong makeup artist ko kaibigan ko since highschool hanggang sa naging professional makeup artist na siya. Sabi ko nga, ‘Huy manood ka kasi tayong-tayo yon ‘yong akala mo ang dudumi ang dudugyot tapos ‘yong iba chef na, nurse na...tapos siya professional makeup artist na.

The 29-year-old Kapamilya artist also is encouraging people, especially the undecisive ones, to give their series a chance.

Itong series na ‘to very empowering kasi parang si Shantal naghahanap siya ng rason, nong tumanda na siya gulong-gulo na siya hindi na niya alam kung saan bang path ang i-tatake niya, ano bang trabaho ang gagawin niya...dahil nga nagsa-subtitle na lang siya ng porn [movies]...kung ano-anong raket dito o raket d’yan. Lahat patol pa more.

So nawalan siya ng identity. Hindi niya alam kung ano talaga’ng gusto niya sa buhay niya and it’s very important na kilala mo ‘yong sarili mo and ginagawa mo ‘yong mga bagay na ginagawa mo para sa sarili mo.

“So self-worth, self-love, self-respect, ‘yon ‘yong isa sa mga sana mapulot ng mga viewers dito.

Past, Present, Perfect is now available for streaming on iWant.

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