Angel Locsin’s showbiz foray was initially meant as a two-year pit stop to raise funds for a medical emergency, up until she discovered her passion for the industry.
In a podcast interview with actor Matteo Guidicelli, Locsin admitted that she intended to stay in showbiz to raise money for her father’s hospital expenses.
“Dapat two years lang ako sa showbiz, yun lang kasi ang deadline ko noon. Mag-iipon lang ako tapos ipapa-opera ko yung tatay ko. Tapos, noong naka-ipon na ako ng mga 75%, sinabi sa amin ng doctor na hindi na pwede. Ngayon, 94 na si Daddy pero noong time na yun, mga 80 plus na si Daddy,” Locsin shared.
Locsin said her father’s hospital visits made her doubt her purpose in showbiz. At that time, she enjoyed taking up acting, modeling, and advertisement gigs but she never thought about staying in the industry for the long term.
“Medyo na-lost ako, wala akong purpose. Hindi ako alam kung anong gagawin. And then, na-challenge ako. Hindi ko alam kung naranasan mo yung minsan may bullying or discrimination. Na-challenge lang ako na, ‘Okay, ipapakita ko na kaya ko. Tanggap lang ako nang tanggap ng trabaho,” she said.
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Locsin explained that it was working with veteran actors that ignited her passion for acting.
“Na-impress ako sa passion nila. Si Tita Amy Austria, siya yung unang napanood ko na, ‘Nay, bakit ka umiiyak eh VO lang ito.’ ‘Kasi anak, maririnig ng tao yung emosyon mo, so dapat iiyak mo rin kung kailangan umiyak ka,” she began. “Noog time na yun, hindi ko naiintindihan, kasi hindi ka kita sa camera… doon ko na na-discover yung passion ko rin. Na-curious ako kung paano ginagawa.”
Even if Darna is Locsin’s most well-known series to date, Angel recalled that it was the GMA-7 fantaserye Mulawin that propelled her to stardom.
“Ang nagbigay sa akin ng pangalan siguro yung Mulawin with Richard Gutierrez. Hindi pa kasi uso yung mga fantaserye noon yung mga fight scenes, lalo na sa mga babae,” she added.
The actress also admitted that she missed working on teleseryes and films. Despite this, she said that she needs to focus on herself and her wedding to fiancé Neil Arce at the moment.
Aside from Darna and Mulawin, Locsin has appeared in well-known teleseryes such as The Legal Wife and Lobo.
Article photos from @therealangellocsin on Instagram