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Journey to stardom

The name Sanya Lopez now rings a bell and the budding actress couldn’t be happier about it

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Shaira Lenn Roberto, more popularly known as Sanya Lopez, has been making a name for herself in showbiz, thanks to a prominent role on “Encantadia.”

Sanya Lopez as Sang’gre Danaya (mb.com.ph)

Sanya Lopez as Sang’gre Danaya

Most people didn’t know she got her start on “Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman,” with help from her older brother, Jak Roberto, who was co-hosting the show back then with the late German Moreno.

Apparently, a fan mistook her for Kim Rodriguez, a matter which caught the attention of Kuya Germs who promptly offered her a co-hosting gig on the show as well.

Brother and sister have been supportive of each other’s showbiz career since. The two were cast in the 2014 Philippine family drama series “The Half Sisters,” with Sanya eventually gaining enough notice to be considered for a Sang’gre role on “Encantadia.” The rest, as they say, is history.

Though happy for her, Jak was hoping he’d go places too after his stint on “The Half Sisters.”

Sanya shared, “That time sabi niya sa akin, ‘Sanya buti ka pa meron kang ‘Encantadia,’ ta’s sabi ko ‘Ikaw rin magkakaroon ka din.’”

She proved herself right as soon after, Jak was cast on “Meant To Be.”

“Of course, we’re both very happy naman sa mga nangyayari sa careers namin,” Sanya added.

Of course their parents are happiest of them all.

“Parehas nila pinapanuod ’yung show namin,” Sanya said. “’Yung family naman namin ay supportive naman sila. Minsan nga na-e-excite silang magkwento sa iba nu’ng mga susunod na mangyayari.”

The two now live separately from their family so they can be closer to work. But they make an effort to visit their family once in a while.

They aim to buy a new house where they can all live together.

“Pero ngayon ang priority ko po muna ’yung kotse kasi ’yun po ’yung way ko para makapunta ako sa work,” Sanya explained.

It’s the same with her brother.

“Si Jak po meron ngayong sasakyan, pero parang balak niyang bumili ng bago,” she said. “Parang gusto niya ng Ford Ranger para lalaking-lalaki (daw) talaga.”

Who is your crush?

Asked about her love life, Sanya said, “Wala po, hindi pa po ako nagkaka-boyfriend, ever po talaga.”

“Actually nagtataka na din ako, sabi nga ng Lola ko, ‘Hindi kaya tomboy ’to?’”

Though she has suitors, Sanya wants to focus on work for now.

“Siguro din po talagang wala pa akong gana sa ganyan. Parang pakiramdam ko wala pa ako du’n sa time na agad-agad eh,” she added.

If anything, Sanya is vocal of her admiration for her brother’s friend and “Meant To Be” co-star, Ivan Dorschner.

“Pinakilala ako ni Jak sa kanya pero hindi ko po alam kung alam ni Ivan na crush ko siya,” she shared. “Alam po ni Kuya, hindi ko lang din po alam kung tsinismis niya po.”

Sanya first saw the 26-year-old Filipino-American actor during GMA’s New Year’s Special show.

“Medyo kinikilig lang ako, ganu’n lang,” she shared.

First kiss

Sanya is paired with Rocco Nacino on “Encantadia.” The two recently engaged in a kiss via the show. It was Sanya’s first kiss, ever.

“Actually na-iyak ako, pero kaya ako na-iyak ay dahil sa sobrang kaba. Pero okay naman, after nu’n hinug naman ako ni Rocco to comfort me.

“Tsaka smack lang naman siya, pero matagal na walang any movements.”

Sanya didn’t expect fans would appreciate her partnership with Rocco.

“Nu’ng umpisa kasi parang ang eksena namin ay lagi akong nagtataray sa kanya (sa Twitter), hanggang sa magkaroon na kami ng Twitterseryes,” she said.

But is it possible she would develop real feelings for Rocco?

“Close lang kami in a way na parang barkada, nag she-share lang kami ng mga stories sa isa’t-isa,” she explained. “Mabait naman siya, gwapo naman siya at madalas kami magkasundo pero sweet lang talaga siya.”

“Siguro ’yung closeness namin same lang din naman with Mikee (Quintos), Gabbi (Garcia) and other cast po.”

Lessons along the way

Asked what she has learned so far doing “Encantadia” she said, “Kung paano makisama at patuloy pa ring magpakumbaba.”

She is happy to have found a second family with her “Encantadia” co-stars.

“Masaya kami. very close. We are like family na po kasi eh. Wala kaming pataasan ng ihi na sinasabi or kumpitensiya, nagtutulungan pa nga kami.”

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