Nag-Little Miss Philippines pala ang showbiz newbie na si Katrina Dovey na isa sa mga bida ngayon sa ongoing sexy coming-of-age series ng Vivamax na High (School) on Sex.
That was in 2005, when she was only four years old. K’wento niya sa amin during our exclusive Zoom sit-down interview, ’yong ate daw niya ang dapat sasali pero nag-chicken out at the last minute. Kaya nag-prisinta siya at pinagbigyan naman daw siya ng mom and dad niya so off they went to Manila from Bicol kung saan sila dati nakatira.
“First plane ride ko,” natatawang recall niya.
Dahil hindi naman nakapag-handa, she recited a poem by Shakespeare daw na nakabisa niya kakapakinig niya sa ate niya.
She made it to Magic 7 daw.
Bukod sa biba, tawag-pansin na, noon palang ang mestiza beauty niya (her late dad was a handsome British guy), kaya naalok ding mag-commercial.
“I did commercials from food to insurance...name it. Nag-ramp modelling din ako for SM and Forever 21...”
When she was 12, her dad passed away ang ikina-depress daw niya ’yon nang husto. She even had therapy and feeling niya, ngayon palang talaga siya nakaka-move on from her depressive state.
Nevertheless, she finished school. Business Ad graduate siya. But it’s a course that her mom wanted so she could “use her brain.” Kung siya ang nasunod, she would have taken culinary.
Pero kasunduan naman daw nila ng mom niya na once she finished school, she can do na whatever she wants.
But at that time, she didn’t know what she wants yet.
Kaya go with the tide lang. She maintained a corporate job in the UK as marketing manager cum real estate agent.
“But I’m sad every day,” k’wento niya. “I’m not happy to go to work. I wanted to find something that would make me feel passionate coming in to work every day.”
Thus, she went home to the Philippines. Una, to visit lang her lola. Then she met up with her best friend and they had dinner. That dinner changed her life.
“I had dinner with Millen Galang, anak ni Tita Lara Morena...she’s my best friend since I was eight [years old]. Tapos, kasama niya si Tita Lara.
“Tita asked me if I wanted to join Viva. And I said yes.”
Thus, Lara became her manager, who signed her up with Viva in September 2021. By November, kasali na siya sa Adarna Gang, where she had a three-some love scene with Rob Guinto and Diego Loyzaga.
She had two months to prepare herself kung kaya ba niya talaga.
Inilatag naman daw ni Lara sa kanya na sexy ang usong genre and feeling niya, kaya niya since mahilig naman siyang magpa-sexy sa Instagram. But come Adarna shoot, nag-anxiety attack daw siya. It was Rob Guinto who placated her by telling her: “We’re in this together.”
By her second movie, Doblado, at ease na siya.
“I talked to my friends na nag-aartista din, even mga pamangkin ni Tita Lara (Stephanie Raz, Angela Morena, and Micaella Raz) , and they told me, ‘This is our jobs as actors, to portray these characters in whatever situation they may be in.’ Tapos, tinanong nila ako if this is what I really want.”
Now on her third sexy project, ito ngang High on Sex, alam na ni Kat Dovey ang sagot sa tanong. That yes, showbiz is something worth pursuing.
“Yes, this is really what I want kasi for the first time, I found something na I’m really happy to go in to work and excited akong makakilala ng mga bagong tao every day, talk to people, hear their points of view...basta, masaya siya. It’s not the same routine thing, you go to work, you do the same thing. May changes. There’s always something to look forward to.”
Admittedly, hindi agree ang mom niya sa naging decision niya earlier on. But madali naman daw nagbago ang pananaw nito once she’d seen her initial films.
“No’ng una, ’yong mom ko s’yempre nagulat din na I was gonna get naked and she was telling me not to do it. Pero sabi ko, ‘Mom, I’m gonna do it.’ Tapos, nakita niya ’yong mga movies and nakita niya that they’re artfully done. It’s not just for the sake of having it...they’re backed up by good stories. They’re tastefully done. ’Yon ang importante sa mom ko. And no’ng nakita niya, naging calm and supportive na din siya.”
In High on Sex, Katrina describes her role as a “balikbayan girl na may mabigat na pinagdadaanan.”
“In this series, we see her experience quite a big journey, we see her having different types of relationships, we see slices of her experiences through her senior high journey. Kasi people think na at that stage, nothing could go wrong and that it’s the best time of your life and you should always be happy pero hindi nila naintindihan na some people go through big heavy things at that time in their lives and if we were able to talk about it, baka mas naging masaya tayong lahat at mas maging healthy ’yong life natin.”
As far as her own high-school life is concerned, wala daw siyang maalalang matinding kapilyahan nagawa niya noon compared sa mga mapapanood sa series. Pinaka-malala na sa kanya ang pagka-cutting classes para mag-mall.
And when asked kung sexually curious na din ba siya at that time of her life, she says: “To myself yes, with other people hindi pa.”
At ikinawindang namin ang kasunod niyang pagri-real talk:
“That’s why I started masturbating very young and I’m very open about that. Pero ’yong to have sex with another partner, I did not do that until college.
“No’ng high school, talagang very focused lang ako sa education, getting good grades and especially kaka-pass away lang ng dad ko [noon]. So, ’yon lang talaga ’yong vision ng mom ko, vision namin—graduate muna and then you can enjoy life.
“Kaya sobrang supportive siya [mom] ngayon kasi nabigay ko naman sa kanya [my end of the bargain].
Ang speaking of real talk, we took the chance to ask her if she and Lara Morena’s lovely daughter (from previous relationship) Millen Galang, who’s also her BFF since grade school, are an item.
We chanced upon kasi their cozy photos together on Instagram and gumana nang slight ang aming imagination.
Without batting an eyelash naman niyang inamin na yes, they’re “wifeys.”
“Yes po, we’re wifeys. Yes, she’s my main partner in this life.”
(Millen is also now with Viva.)
And as I was doing my bit of research about her, nadaanan ko rin ang YouTube interview niya with MJ Marfori, where she admitted to being a pansexual, which she described there as “I don’t love base on gender, I love base on heart, base on energy.”
Bukod nga pala sa High on Sex, kasali rin si Kat sa upcoming Brillante Mendoza movie na Virgin Forest, which she says is her favorite project so far. Na-in love siya sa style ni Direk Dante to the point na gusto na rin niyang magsulat at mag-direk ng movies in the future at sana daw maging artista niya si Sid Lucero, ang main star ng pelikula, na magtagal na pala niyang kakilala dahil ka-village yata nila.
It’s scheduled to premiere on Vivamax on June 24. Pero itong High on Sex ay nag-i-streaming na since June 5 at may drop ng new episodes every Sundays.
With everything coming up roses for Kat, hindi aw ang high school days niya ang best days of her life kundi ang present.
“I’d like to say that now is the best time of my life. And sana tuloy-tuloy na gano’n. Every year is the best year. Sana tuloy-tuloy lang na I keep reaching my goals.”
We have the same wish for you.
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