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Filipino-British actress Phoebe Walker’s effective performance as a mysterious nun in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) finalist “Seklusyon” had many people wondering who she is. It heightened come awards night when she bagged the Best Supporting Actress trophy, and beat actresses her senior, including Mercedes Cabral, Gladys Reyes and Cai Cortez.

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Phoebe Walker

“When they see me, people still congratulate me. So talagang tumatak sa mga tao (ang role ko do’n) Iyon ang prayer ko na kahit may sexy image na ako, still nangingibabaw pa din ang performance,” Phoebe said in an interview for her upcoming action movie “Double Barrel” co-starring AJ Muhlach.

Phoebe admitted her first acting award boosted her confidence and paved the way for more opportunities.

“Feeling ko ang galing-galing ko umarte. The award did make a lot of people proud kaya ako nabigyan ng ganitong break. Feeling ko kung wala ’yung award I don’t think things would have happened the way it did to me,” she said.

It didn’t take long for Phoebe to earn her first acting award as she only started her showbiz career five years ago. She starred in several movies, including “Gayuma” and “Trophy Wife.”

Amid the big recognition, Phoebe still has the mindset of a newbie – willing to explore and wait for her big break.
“’Yung award po is not expected. I feel like it’s just a figurine lang. So patuloy lang like how I started five years ago. How I look at my work, same lang. If it takes time, then it will take time basta I know it’s worth it.”

Phoebe’s next role is that of a housewife who is entangled with her husband’s (played by AJ) drug dealings. Phoebe finds her new role very challenging as she also engaged in many action scenes, doing gun fights and vehicular chases.

“Mahirap lang kami dito. ’Yung asawa ko kasi dito nagda-drugs at nahuli ng pulis. Magiging tirador ako dito kasi si AJ in-employ ng pulis. May stunts ako. Takot ako mag-motor, first time ko din humawak ng baril. So nag-practice kami with the police talaga,” she said.

Luckily for her and the cast members, they were directed by Toto Natividad, who is known for doing action movies. Phoebe also stars alongside Jeric Raval, Mon Confiado and Ali Khatibi.

“Puro beterano ’yung mga nag-handle sa amin. Lahat sila known for actions,” she said.

Phoebe went daring again in the movie “Double Barrel” but she set some limitations this time.

“Nagkaroon naman ako ng opinyon kung ano lang ’yung kumportable ako,” Phoebe said.

Phoebe wants to be known more as a versatile actress. She and Viva’s big boss Vic del Rosario have already discussed about the career path she wants to take.

“Ayaw ko din kasi makilala na bold star but bilang aktres na magaling. There’s nothing wrong with that naman kasi madami din naming batikan na actress na dumaan sa ganyan pero ngayon ay well-respected na. Iyon lang naman ang habol ko. Ang goal ko kapag may sexy role ako ay mahigitan ng performance ko ang pagpapa-sexy,””she said.

While she goes sexy in movies, Phoebe is the exact opposite of the roles she plays.

“May pagka-manang ’yung style ko. I don’t even post bikini photos on social media. So that’s what makes it interesting. When I do sexy, I know there’s a different touch to it,” she said.

Phoebe shared how some of her family members also have different opinions about her profession. Many stars today started doing offbeat roles before making it big in showbiz.

“Kasi ’yung pamilya ko, I went to UK for three weeks, hindi nila maintindihan. Hindi nila napanuod pero nabasa nila ’yung English articles na meron akong nudity sa ‘Seklusyon.’ So, ’yung lola ko ayaw pagusapan. So, nakaka-hurt lang pero siyempre that’s their view. Hindi naman nila naiintindihan ’yung Philippine showbiz,” she said.

Phoebe hopes to eventually penetrate TV where she can have more following and gain the admiration of the young audiences too. She believes having a wholesome image is more relatable to the masses.

“Kasi ang gusto kong direction ng career ko hangga’t maaari ay makapasok ako sa TV, mas maging mainstream. Mas pwedeng iidolo ng mga kabataan. At kung maging spokesperson ako someday, gusto ko ng credibility. Although I know doing love scene doesn’t take credibility. But sa image meron siyang bearing,” she said.

Viva Films’ “Double Barrel” opens in cinemas nationwide on Aug. 2.

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