Phoebe Walker is one of the brightest stars to emerge from the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), clinching the Best Supporting Actress plum for her superb portrayal of a mysterious nun in Erik Matti’s “Seklusyon.”
The movie also gave her the chance to take part in an international film festival, namely the first Macao International Film Festival.
With her first-ever acting award safely tucked under her belt, Phoebe is poised to shine even brighter having signed a 10-movie contract with entertainment giant, Viva.
In a recent interview, the actress shared how grateful she is with the positive developments in her career.
“Nakakatuwa po, I feel so blessed,” she said. “Actually I went to the MMFF awards night without any expectations at all. It was so overwhelming when my name was called as winner.”
Phoebe is happy with the attention she has been getting, noting, “Even my parents, sobrang masaya sila, very proud sila sa akin kasi ang daming balita tungkol sa akin, ang daming nag-i-interview.”
Does she feel like 2017 is going to be a breakout year for her?
“Like what I’ve said before, realistic naman ako mag-isip. I don’t expect anything sa showbiz. I just want to maintain na lang ’yung gratitude ko as always.”
Asked if she is open to going under the knife if it would help elevate her status in show business, Phoebe said, “Gusto ko natural lahat. It’s just my own personal belief na if you think your beautiful and you are confident with what you have, that’s good na. Masaya na ako sa ganito.”
Phoebe revealed she had to pass through the proverbial eye of the needle to prove her worth as an actress.
“I took every blow, nahirapan talaga ako,” she said.
The 25-year-old, who first hogged the limelight in 2014 when she joined the second season of “Amazing Race Philippines,” wasn’t coy about accepting controversial sexy roles in the past to keep her career going.
“A lot of artists didn’t have to accept sexy roles para makilala ’di ba? Pero ako I have to kasi hindi nga ako kilala,” she reasoned.
“Conservative talaga ako eh, pero sabi ng dati kong road manager kailangan ko talagang pagdaanan ’yun,” Phoebe added.
The actress doesn’t regret any of it, though.
“I could have worked in an office kasi I took up a business course naman, but this is what I chose and I think I am dedicated enough to keep at it,” she noted.
Phoebe shared the various experiences she had when she was just starting her career as an “extra.”
She remembered actor Luis Manzano being quite the gentleman towards her.
“First na araw ko sa set, ang nag-standout sa akin si Luis kasi sobrang bait niya sa akin. Naaalala ko ’yung tumayo pa siya sa upuan para lang paupuin ako kahit na hindi kami magkakilala or anything.”
The actress also recalled being subjected to discrimination back then but “hindi naman mawawala ’yun ganoon talaga.”
Phoebe added: “Ako naman po baguhan lang ako sa industriya, pero siyempre malaki ang respeto ko sa mga matatagal na. Nandito lang po ako para ipakita kung ano ’yung kaya ko.”
Despite the award-winning actress tag, Phoebe promises to keep her feet planted on terra firma.
“Na-mold na ako ngayon because of my past experience so, hindi ko nakikita ’yung sarili ko na lalaki ang ulo,” she said. “Thankful and grateful lang ako palagi sa lahat ng opportunity na binibigay sa akin.”
The half-British actress dismissed notion she is “suplada” or “mataray.”
“Since college palagi ako inaasar pero hindi naman po siya intentional, ganun lang talaga ’yung (expression ng) mukha ko,” she said, laughing.
“Ang nakakatuwa kasi nakatulong siya sa portrayal ko sa ‘Seklusyon,’ pero ’yun nga, sana ma-break ko pa rin ’yung ganoong perception sa mga next projects ko.” (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)