Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa has signed a three-year management contract with Viva Artists Agency (VAA) which encompasses training, TV, movie and hosting projects and, perhaps, even recording.
“I’m ready to move forward to a new stage in my life,” she said.
Though it’s a different world from pageantry, Kylie is confident she’ll conquer show business too as she is the kind of person who prepares for anything she takes on.
“Gusto ko po kasi mag-grow,” she explained. “I always want to try new things and ’yung natsa-challenge ako. And ito po ay out of my comfort zone.”
Why did she opt to sign with VAA?
“Kasi po parang alam ko po na makakatulong sila (VAA) sa akin at sa career ko. Aligned din po ’yung gusto ko sa gusto nila.”
The model-beauty queen hopes to do another movie soon. Her acting debut is in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Ang Panday.”
“Sana po ’yung substantial roles (ang makuha ko), ’yung parang mashi-share ko po ’yung gusto kong i-share (na advocacy),” she maintained.
Kylie has no qualms doing an action movie as “gusto ko po kasing natsa-challenge ’yung sarili ko and ’yung medyo Angelina Jolie (ang dating).”
“Ang Panday,” an epic fantasy action movie, is based on the comic book character created by Carlo J. Caparas.
Kylie revealed she’s always wanted to work with Coco and that her cameo in the movie allowed her to experience several firsts.
“First salang ko ta’s first take ta’s first kong nakita si Coco,” she said. “Kahit po maiksi lang ’yung role ko, happy po ako sa result.”
How’s it working with the versatile actor?
“Si Coco kasi cute siya na parang relatable pero ang nagustuhan ko talaga sa kanya ’yung pagtakbo ng isip niya, it’s very creative,” she shared. “Siya ’yung nagdirek, siya ’yung nag-isip, siya rin ’yung nagsulat ng script, so siya sa lahat kaya bilib ako kung paano niya nagawa ’yun.”
She revealed Coco earned another admirer in her as “nu’ng nag-usap kami, kinukwento niya kung paano siya nag-start, kung paano siya natuto, kung saan din siya nanggaling at kung gaano niya ka gustong itaas ang pelikulang Pilipino.”
Though some people have tried linking her to Coco, Kylie is actually dating a non-showbiz guy.
In good terms
Kylie dismissed notions about her supposed rivalry with 2017 Miss International Philippines Mariel de Leon, the other “Ang Panday” leading lady.
“Sana po walang ganyan (kung sinong mas magaling sa amin),” she said. “Alam ko po ’yung feeling ng pinagko-compare and sana po good comments lang ’yung ibigay.”
Kylie only wants positive vibes, thank you.
“That’s what I’m teaching myself right now na sana lahat positive from thoughts to words.”
As she turns a new page in her life, Kylie vows to never forget where she came from.
“I mean pagpapatuloy ko pa rin po ’yung mental health advocacy ko. And this year mag-o-open na po ’yung foundation ko, which is Mental Health Matters,” she said.
Kylie is an advocate of depression and suicide awareness. She had volunteered for the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, which aims to educate people about those conditions.
For their activities, she organizes open fora and talks every month for and by people suffering emotional stress, to vent out what they’re going through.
“And also ’yung mga stories nila na overcoming, ’yung mga depression po nila or ’yung mga survivals or how they went through it or mga family and friend of people who are going through it,” she added.
Kylie focuses on disseminating awareness on the subject as the age of those who suffer from it are getting younger and younger.
“So I’m out here to say na naranasan ko na po ’yun and sana po malaman nila na its okay to talk about it if you’re going through this. Don’t be ashamed, ask for professional help, and speak to someone about it kasi this may even save your life,” she said.
“Most cases of depression may lead to suicide if not treated so it’s very important for someone who’s going through it… one, to be aware about what they’re going through and, two, pag-usapan po nila.”
She advises those hooked on the internet to limit usage and maybe even filter reading the bad comments on their social media accounts.
“We need to disconnect ourselves once in a while. Be with you friends, be with nature and spend time with your loves one and family.”