The 68-year-old beauty queen Gloria Diaz is still on a high over a special role she did on a series being shown worldwide through an American media-services provider and production company.
“I’m not a big guest (actor) but I’m a guest who dropped by twice. So it’s a very little but interesting role,” she said of her marked performance on Netflix’s “Insatiable” season two. “I’m very lucky (to be part of it).”
On the series, Debby Ryan reprises her role as Patty whose past haunts, even taunts her. The struggle to be “good” becomes harder as she battles her inner demons. And Bob (Dallas Roberts), well, he’s helping her cover up something she did in the past, but just how far will his loyalty go?
The first season of the show was a big hit to Filipinos as it touches on beauty pageants — one of the nation’s favorite pastimes, alongside boxing and basketball.
Gloria, who won Miss Universe in 1969, pointed out that everything the show tackles about beauty pageants is pure “make-believe.”
“Well, they say the punch line, ‘The queen takes control or rule,’ so maybe to a certain extent that’s true,” she said. “But the rest is fiction, just to make it more interesting. I’d say the only thing true, to a certain extent, about pageants in the show is that when you win a pageant, you’re the focus, you’re the center.”
As Miss Reyes on the show, Gloria acts like ye olde snobbish diva. How did she prepare for it?
Well, her daughter, actress Isabelle Daza, was there to keep her (Gloria) in character all the way.
“Isabelle told me she (my character) has to be in control of everything. She’s the boss. She’s the main dish. She’s the ‘that’s all I see’ person. So she (Isabelle) was explaining to me how it should be done. She’s the one telling me, like, ‘You have to look expensive. You have to demand respect even if it means you have to scare them,’” the beauty queen said.
What is the message of the show?
“There is no message, it is entertainment. It’s meant to entertain you, to surprise you, to keep you watching, to amuse you. There really is no message. Or maybe that, you know, the queen is boss.”
Asked what beauty pageant mentors can learn from watching “Insatiable,” Gloria said they will “enjoy” it.
“They will enjoy it because it’s making fun of beauty pageants, and making fun of the movie industry. How everybody thinks that ‘If I get this, then it will change my life.’ It’s not more, like, a teaching thing on how to do things so you win, but all done in the name of fun.”
Gloria said though her role is short, those were unforgettable shoots she did for “Insatiable.”
“Oh, my experience on the set was very, very good,” she started. ‘Because coming from the Philippines, it’s a totally different environment. The food they serve on the set, the wardrobe they provided the stars, everything.”
The actress actually felt intimidated in the beginning, especially when the cast and crew tried making her feel even more welcome.
“It’s just so fantastic. I mean, it’s just so much of everything,” she said.
In terms of food, she shared they were spoilt for choice, as if they were having a wedding buffet every day.
“They have healthy snacks, they have fresh juices, somebody’s making cookies. I think there’s also ice cream. Oh my god, I was controlling myself (not to eat). And there’s somebody cooking the steak, fish. So it’s totally different from, you know, my regular set,” she said.
Is this her ticket to Hollywood, we asked.
“At my age? No. This is my bonus.”