Bea Alonzo: Fave Leading Lady And Movie Drama Princess

Bea tells Cosmo what she loves and loathes about showbiz and talks about what makes her fearless. Read our full interview.
FFFBeaM.jpgShe might traipse along the safer side of the showbiz spectrum, especially compared to other stars her age, but make no mistake. Bea Alonzo has made some truly fearless decisions in the last seven years of her career.

From moving out of her family home to pursue her independence at the age of 19 to consistently playing mature roles that would typically go to more seasoned actresses, Bea shows she's got guts. And there's definitely no denying she's got talent.

Bea tells Cosmo all about her showbiz life, and dishes some sensible advice on going for your goals.

You've been successful in the entertainment industry since you were 15. Do you have any advice for young women who are trying to advance in their respective careers?

Siguro just go for your dreams and reach for your goals. Never give up. 'Tsaka 'wag mamadaliin 'yung mga bagay. Laging mayroong perfect time for every single thing in this life. In God's time, lahat ng gusto mo, as long as you have good intentions, makukuha mo.

Do you consider yourself a role model? How do you think you inspire young women?

I don't know. Am I a role model? I'm not sure, but I am trying to be a role model. I'm not sure kung nagagawa ko siya, but every single day, I try to be a better person. I don't trust myself with that responsibility yet. Parang feeling ko uunahin ko 'yung sarili ko bago ko isipin na maka-inspire—hindi inspire e—na gayahin ako ng maraming maraming tao. Parang feeling ko na wala pa ako roon sa point na almost perfect ka na, or you think na nakuha mo na ang gusto mong maging.

You've been in the showbiz industry for seven-plus years already. What do you like best about it?

I love that it's spontaneous. I love that it's not like office work, na routine siya. Parang feeling ko dahil nag-e-evolve 'yung mga tao sa mundo, nag-e-evolve din 'yung acting namin, nag-e-evolve how we inspire people, nag-e-evolve 'yung stories, and I love that about our job. That it's not boring at all. We go to different locations. Yesterday I was just in Divisoria. Hindi ka makakapunta roon talaga, o hindi mo ma-e-experience 'yung life nila kung hindi ka artista. I mean, hindi mo magagawa 'yung mga ginagawa ng mga tao nasa ganyang situation kung hindi ka pumupunta sa ganyang locations. Or you get to be a doctor for a day. You get to be another person that has a lot of problems that are different from your problems. It's like my outlet, that I get to not think about my personal problems because I'm thinking about the problems of that character.

If there was one thing you could change about the showbiz industry, what would that be?

The system (laughs). Can I just say that? Marami yatang magagalit sa 'kin (laughs). No, really! The hintayan part, the not-so-efficient part of it na hindi mo naman mababago right away. I mean, it became a culture, it became a tradition na gan'on na. But if we could just plan, alam mo 'yun, hindi 'yung "Okay, we're gonna plan to shoot 50 sequences tomorrow," tapos magagawa namin 25 just because ang taas ng ambition namin na makukuha namin 50 even though we all know it's impossible. 'Yung mga ganyan. O kaya 'yung...ano pa ba? Siguro 'yung puyat. We work almost 24 hours a day, every single day. In fairness naman, nache-change na kahit papaano. What else? Siyempre before ko pa pinasok 'to na-foresee ko na mawawalan talaga ako ng privacy. It's part of our job. So hindi ako pwede magreklamo roon.

What is the most challenging thing about being an actress?

Siguro hindi lang being an actress. Every profession siguro, nag-aapply 'to, na you can't be assured na you're going to be here forever. Alam mo na in the future, marami pang darating, marami pang mas maganda, mas magaling. What you can do is just to improve yourself and be passionate. Don't compete too much with other people, just compete with yourself. Kasi kapag nakatingin ka sa ibang tao, nawawala ka, nawawala ka sa sarili mo, parang you focus on what they do and not on what you do.

What do you consider to be your greatest non-showbiz achievement?

Ano ba? Siguro 'yung pagiging breadwinner ko. Nakapagtapos na ako ng college, so one down. Siguro 'yun ang biggest achievement ko.

What is the most fearless thing you've ever done?

I don't know. Fearless. Nandoon lagi ako sa safe side! Ano ba? Ano ba ang fearless? To live alone at 19? To live independently at the age of 19? Maybe...without...parang, I didn't care about what people would say about me. Kasi in our world, 'pag sinabing umalis ka na sa shelter ng parents mo at that age, sasabihin nila you wanted to do something wild. Hindi nila maintindihan that you just want to be independent. Alam mo 'yon? So I didn't care. I guess that's fearless? Because I didn't have the image of Angelica Panganiban or Anne (Curtis) na walang pakialam. At that time, mas lalong close-minded pa 'yung fans ko. "O, dapat ano ka, good girl!" I don't know, I have to think about that. Maybe andami kong ginawa na fearless that I just don't realize.

In line with being fearless, is there anything you've always wanted to do but you haven't done?

Go skydiving! When I was 18, isa 'yun sa mga gusto kong gawin. Kasi at that time, I just didn't care. I was fearless. Siguro 'yun 'yung age na fearless ako. I could do any single thing, anything fearless, na I wouldn't care kung ano 'yung sasabihin ng tao o kung mamamatay ba ako o hindi. Siguro 'yun 'yung stage na 'yon. Rebellious stage. Hindi naman rebellious. Siguro 'yun 'yung stage ko na I'd break free. I wanted to go skydiving but my mom didn't allow me talaga. As in she made sure. Kasi we went to Singapore for my birthday, 'yun 'yung parang special. Talagang she made sure na sasama siya talaga para hindi ako makaalis. E I didn't have the power to go out of the hotel na mag-isa lang. Hindi pwede, kasi every single day mayroong gagawin, so I wasn't able to do it. But after that, ngayon, ayoko na! Hindi, parang it's always been a mystery to me kung ano 'yung pakiramdam. So maybe I will in the future, but as of the moment, hindi pa.

We've asked what makes you fearless. What makes you fun?

I can be fun, like, I can do silly things with my friends. What makes me fun? Na hindi ako takot pumangit in front of my friends or in front of others. Na I want to learn or I want to try a lot of things na hindi ko pa nata-try. Or I can be childish at times, I have my childish side, so that makes me fun, I guess.

See behind-the-scenes photos from Bea's cover shoot when you click on this link, and watch the video of the interview by clicking here.
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