At one point, Shaina Magdayao thought she had done just about everything in show business so she thought of quitting. Fortunately for her fans, she was then showered with interesting projects that told her God wants her to stay.
“I can say that 2019 has been great to me,” she said in an interview. “There are so many opportunities that I just have to grab unless I regret it. I’m like, ‘Ang kapal naman ng mukha ko kung tatalikuran (ko na ang showbiz).’ I can say now that hindi pa pala talaga ako tapos dito.”
The actress is in Lav Diaz’s “Ang Hupa (The Halt)” shown at Cannes Film Festival recently. She is also part of iWanT original series “Past, Present, Perfect?”
Shaina turns 30 in November. Though she hasn’t thought of her birthday wish yet, she is confident God will provide her “unexpected” things.
Speaking of Cannes, Shaina attended the prestigious event.
Also starring Piolo Pascual, “Ang Hupa” was in the Directors’ Fortnight lineup, a non-competitive film showcase that ran concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival in France.
“Ang Hupa” was among the 24 films selected. It was one of only three films from Asia, alongside Takashi Miike’s “Hatsukoi”(“First Love”) and Johnny Ma’s “Huo Zhe Chang Zhe” (“The Live To Sing”).
She admitted feeling “nanliliit” being with foreign stars from Hollywood and Bollywood.
“It was overwhelming but very humbling,” she said.
According to her, the festival opened her eyes to a different world.
“To the point that now I really appreciate the people around me because when you go there, you’re on your own. You do your own makeup, you prepare your things, unlike here in the Philippines where actors like me are very spoiled,” she explained.
Shaina thanked Direk Lav for including her in the film.
“I see a different perspective now because of him. I’m more gigil to work. And I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in the future,” she said.
About the series
“Past, Present, Pefect?” is about a writer who, facing a major roadblock in her career and life, ironically enough looks to her past – including her first love and heartbreak – so she can move forward.
The digital series, which stars Loisa Andalio and Shaina as the young and old Shantal respectively, takes viewers back to their high school days, post-college ambitions, and puppy love conquests.
A student with a gift for words, Shantal uses her talent to woo her crush, her high school professor Daniel (Vin Abrenica), by secretly writing him poems and declarations of love. As they become close because of their love for literature, Daniel, recognizing her potential, urges her to pursue her dream of becoming an award-winning writer.
Shantal’s world is turned upside down when she confesses her feelings for Daniel and gets rejected at their graduation ball.
In the present, Shantal navigates adulthood and struggles to pay for her bills by translating text books and subtitling porn – a far cry from her dream to write poetry and novels.
Things go awry for Shantal when she experiences writer’s block, unable to come up with a solid follow-up to her first successful romance pocket book.
Will Shantal be able to find renewed faith in herself and write the stories she wants to tell? What lessons from her past will help her shape the future chapters of her life?
The series, now streaming for free on iWant, has been earning positive response from viewers.
Shaina considers her character as a whiff of fresh air, since she is known for doing heavy drama roles.
“This is the first time I did a light role. I’m grateful they entrusted this to me.”
Past and future
At the press conference, “Past, Present, Perfect?” director Dwein Baltazar expressed her desire to work with John Lloyd Cruz, who is still on “indefinite leave” from showbiz.
It’s no secret Shaina and John Lloyd had a romantic relationship before.
A reporter asked her if she’s willing to work with him in the future.
“Well, Direk Dwein didn’t say that if ever she worked with him, I will also be in the cast,” she laughed.
Turning serious, Shaina said she wants to respect John Lloyd’s privacy.
“I mean, it wouldn’t be fair if I talk things about him especially he’s not active at the moment. I don’t want to drag his name to things that he has no knowledge about, the same way I didn’t want him to do it to me,” she said.
Shaina still hasn’t renewed her contract with ABS-CBN as of press time, prompting speculations of a network transfer.
For the record, the actress made clear she hasn’t received any offer from GMA.
“Sa ngayon, wala,” she noted.
Shaina would rather not speak with finality when it comes to her future career path though she did say: “I’d been with ABS-CBN for many many years, but I actually started my career with GMA. All I can say now is that I’m happy, I’m content with where I am right now. I’m here, so let’s see.”