The lives of celebrities seem picture perfect but even they have their fair share of low moments.
In the case of Devon Seron, it happened a few years after exiting the “Pinoy Big Brother” house in 2010.
The budding actress revealed she almost gave up on showbiz then because she felt like her career was going nowhere. She was landing mostly supporting roles while her contemporaries, like James Reid, were already fast-tracking their way to stardom.
“Ilang beses na po ako nag-isip na mag-quit na lang, na maghanap na lang po ako ng ibang career. May mga times po kasi na ang hirap ma-overcome ng personal issues ko,” she said.
“I remember na almost one year akong walang work. Kumbaga, I asked myself na mag-a-artista pa ba ako? Parang ibang (trabaho) na lang, eh iniisip ko po ’yung family ko, kasi ako po ’yung breadwinner.”
Good thing she kept at it even as she would go on to earn the moniker “Pambansang Kapatid ng mga Bida.”
Her hard work has paid off with Regal Films granting her a marked role in “Pwera Usog” early this year, which earned the nod of critics.
Following the success of “Pwera Usog,” Devon landed a leading role in the upcoming movie “You With Me,” alongside Korean heartthrobs Kim Hyun-Woo and Jin Ju-Hyeong.
In it, she plays Kim, a wealthy Filipino girl who goes to Korea to run away from her overprotective parents.
Of course, Devon can only be thankful with the opportunity, which she considers her biggest break so far.
“I feel super blessed po talaga. Finally meron na po akong movie na maipagmamalaki na ako ’yung bida,” she enthused.
She is not resting on her laurels, however.
“I believe simula pa lang po ito. Marami pa po akong gustong matutunan sa pag-arte, mga bagay na matutunan sa mga co-actors ko. Mahal ko po ang pag-arte, kaya natutuwa po ako na nabibigyan ako ng pagkakataon na gawin ito,” she said.
Devon admitted she actually “gate crashed” the auditions for the film.
“Akala ko kasi indie film ’yun. ’De sabi ko sige ta-try ko, eh sinuwerte, na-achieve sabi ko na lang talaga ‘Thank you Lord! Bibigay ko ang best ko para dito,’” she said.
As part of her preparations, Devon underwent a fashion makeover and attended a series of acting workshops. She also studied the Korean language and watched several K-drama series.
“Actually hindi po ako masyasdong into K-drama. Pero pinanuod ko po ’yung series nila (Kim Hyun-Woo and Jin Ju-Hyeong) para makita ko po kung paano sila umarte,” she maintained.
And what’s more exciting is 80 percent of the film was shot in South Korea and the production team was the same people behind TV hit series “Goblin.”
“Para akong bata na binigyan ng candy kasi ang ganda po ng place talaga, memorable po lahat na ang hirap talaga pumili ng favorite place,” she said.
Devon stayed in Korea for months. Any adjustments, we asked.
“Sa weather po siguro kasi malamigin po kasi ako eh. Actually ’yung tirik po ang araw at ’yun daw po ang pinaka-mainit na panahon du’n, pero ako naka-jacket pa din,” she said, laughing. “Pero sa food, sa ibang bagay, the rest okay naman po.”
“You With Me” is produced by Gitana Productions and directed by Rommel Ricafort.
In a separate interview, Rommel said Devon is perfect choice for the lead role.
“Nu’ng iniisip namin ang istorya, ang thinking talaga namin dapat Filipina ang itsura (ng bida), hindi mestiza,” she explained.
“Actually meron kaming short list pero nu’ng pumasok si Devon para mag-audition, sabi ko ‘Ay eto na ’to’ although hindi ko sinabi sa kanya agad.”
Collaborating with a Korean production is totally new for the director.
According to Rommel, Koreans are well-organized and strict with their time.
“Tapos iniintindi muna talaga nilang maigi ang instructions bago sila umalis at kung meron naman silang hindi maintindihan, talagang nagtatanong sila,” he said.
Devon, on her part, describes Koreans as “very mabait.”
“Inaalalayan pa talaga nila ako lalo na sa mga scenes na nahihirapan ako. Tapos nakakatuwa din kasi walang issue sa kanila ng big star, very maaalaga that’s why madali po ako nakapag-adjust,” she said.
So, how does it feel working with Korean heartthrobs?
“Nakakakilig po,” she said smiling.
Devon, who is a NBSB (No Boyfriend Since Birth) revealed she didn’t have a hard time working with the two especially with their kilig scenes. He describes the actors as very charming.
The 24-year-old actress is open to the possibility of having a romantic relationship with any of her leading men.
“Hindi ko naman po kino-close ang doors ko lalo na ngayon na, hindi naman ako bata,” she said. “Actually basta ang gusto ko lang naman po gentleman, may respeto sa magulang, God-fearing and well-mannered, ’yun ’yung sa tingin kong perfect partner.” (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)
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