Angel Locsin is first to admit the last five years have been a roller-coaster ride for her, both in personal and professional aspects.
Not only did she develop a disc bulge in the spine caused by her rigorous training in preparation for her supposed “Darna” film, the actress also went through a “bitter” breakup.
And although she had appeared occasionally on TV, it was way back 2014 when she last had her own series. It made her lose self-confidence, eventually deeming herself a “big disappointment.”
“I felt so down that time. I was sad and disappointed with myself. I can honestly say that was a very challenging phase in my life,” she said.
After being “broken” once, Angel is more than ready for her big-time return to primetime television with the lead role on the ABS-CBN series, “The General’s Daughter.”
Stronger and more energetic than ever, the 33-year-old feels like she’s a “newbie” again in the industry.
“I never call myself a big star,” she humbly said. “I think I don’t deserve to be named like that. I always tell myself that I’m not the only actress in this industry, and that I should not only focus on myself but rather, I should be concerned with the people around me.”
The actress described herself as “more mature” now. Being in limbo for years also taught her to be appreciative of what her co-workers do to put everything in good place.
Asked what keeps her going, Angel cited the people who stood by her side during the lean times – those who didn’t stop. believing she can be a better person.
“If not for them, I wouldn’t be here anymore,” she said. “That’s why I’m doing my best to be the best version of myself because I don’t want to disappoint them. I’m excited to see them be proud of me.”
Be an inspiration
In “The General’s Daughter,” Angel is Rhian Bonifacio. She is a daughter of a military general raised to take down their family’s biggest enemy. However, little does she know that she is set up to commit the biggest mistake of her life because the person she is tasked to kill is her real father.
With the story about the lives of military families, viewers can expect Angel doing stunts and fight scenes that will once again prove her mettle as the country’s premier action-drama actress.
However, many also expressed concern over her doing “dangerous” scenes that might lead to spine problem anew.
Angel revealed she underwent martial arts and military trainings. She also learned how to ride a motorcycle for the role.
Nevertheless, the actress assured everyone she’s “extra careful,” and that she will never risk herself doing physical stunts.
“Like what I’ve said, I’m more mature now. I know what’s dangerous for me. I’m not the ‘buwis buhay’ girl anymore!” she laughed. “I prepared myself for this and I make sure I will not cause any delay to the production. So if I need to have a double, go! I’m not a hard-headed person. That’s why I’m also thankful that my co-workers, the staff and crew are taking care of me.”
In accepting the role, Angel’s goal is to inspire other people who have the same health condition as her.
She believes having a disc bulge doesn’t mean one must stop what she loves to do.
“This is not the end. Having this doesn’t mean you’re a boring person. Your journey will not end here. That’s why I’m very eager to this because I want to show all the people that I still can. Although I have to be extra careful, but I’m still here doing action stunts, pursuing what I really want as an actress,” she said.
Screen veterans and current-generation stars, including Maricel Soriano, Janice de Belen, Eula Valdez, Albert Martinez, Tirso Cruz III, Ryza Cenon, JC de Vera, Paulo Avelino, Arjo Atayde, Ronnie Alonte, and Loisa Andalio, come together for series.
Thinking of that makes Angel kilig.
“Imagine, I have Tito Albert, Ate Janice, Ate Eula, and Tito Tirso and Inay Maricel in one show? Grabe!,” she exclaimed. “Who am I to complain?”
Asked if she’s willing to experience the iconic slap of the Diamond Star, Angel politely declined.
“Nakakatakot!,” she quipped. “I think we’re allies in the series so I have nothing to worry about.”
Under the helm of Manny Palo and Mervyn Brondial, “The General’s Daughter” airs beginning Jan. 21 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.