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Cristine Reyes: One Bold Move After Another

Unfazed by controversies and criticism, Cosmo's Cover Girl continues to wow the public with her wise, fearless choices.
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ex_cris1.jpgCristine Reyes has done nothing but make bold moves in her career.

Just last month, the young actress was hailed FHM Philippines’ Sexiest Woman, quite a long way from her timid debut last year. But that awkward first appearance nevertheless took her places: She debuted on the big screen with Green Green Paradise, directed by Hong Kong TV director Kant Leung. She didn’t fall short of endorsements either: after appearing in Cathy Valencia Skin and Cosmetic ads with sister Ara Mina, she graced billboards for local clothing line Mint.

Everything would have been smooth-sailing from there, yet Cristine's path proved to be a bumpy one. Shortly after declining a role in GMA's Joaquin Bordado, the young actress started appearing in WoWowee with Ara, who had also left the Kapuso network at the time. Needless to say, GMA was not pleased with her stint.

It was only a matter of time before she finally confirmed her plans of moving to ABS-CBN, where she was immediately offered the title role of Eva Fonda, a remake of the 1976 film starring Alma Moreno.

"Eva Fonda was my most daring role to date," she tells Cosmo. In Eva Fonda, Cristine played a woman who struggled to pick up her life after she was raped in her local fishing village. PEP.ph praised her acting as "one of the most daring performances ever tackled by a young actress...pulled off with just the right sensuality."[nextpage]

ex_cris2.jpgHer Eva Fonda stint was quickly followed by appearances in May Bukas Pa, another drama series, and a role in The Bud Brothers Series. Cristine also became a regular host in comedy gag show Banana Split.

Barely a year after her move to ABS-CBN, however, she was rumored to be signing deals with GMA-7. Throughout the negotiations, Cristine wisely refused to answer all questions related to the Kapuso network until she herself was sure of the details. Speculations of her return to GMA-7 ended only after PEP confirmed that she had renewed her contract with ABS-CBN last July 30.

While Cristine is now more known for being crowned as FHM's sexiest woman this year, she tells Cosmo that she's focusing on her acting career now. "I want to be not just a serious actress, but a versatile actress," she says. "Gusto ko 'yung mga roles na gagawin ko challenging talaga, 'yung mailalabas ang talent ko."

And for as long as Cristine knows when to strike another bold move, such a goal doesn't sound so far off.
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