Former Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up Ara Arida never imagined it would be like this: she would appear in movies.

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Ara Arida. (Photo courtesy of Instagram)

“Hindi ko akalain na magkakaroon talaga ako ng movie. Lately lahat ng mga nangyayari sa career ko unexpected,” said Ara during the press conference for the film “Coming Home” held at Discovery Suites in Ortigas, Pasig City recently.

Ara, 31, thanked former Senator Jinggoy Estrada for inviting her to join the film which is expected to be shown in summer.

“Thank you Senator Jinggoy dahil nakapasa ako sa taste mo, hahahaha! I will really do my best,” the beauty queen said.

Asked if there were kissing scenes, Ara joked and said: “Love scenes nga eh. Kung ano iyong sabihin ni Direk, gagawin natin.”

In the movie, Ara plays the reluctant mistress to Jinggoy whose original wife in the film is portrayed by award-winning actress Sylvia Sanchez.

Ara said that she could never relate to the role of a mistress (because she was never a mistress and would never be) but she knew what it felt like to be a breadwinner.

“As a breadwinner, naka-relate ako. I’ve been working for my family. It’s really me right now. Hindi naman talaga iyong down na down sila. Goal ko talaga is maibigay ko iyong gusto nila. Iyon ang lagi kong iniisip,” said Ara, one of the co-hosts of the daily morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda” on ABS-CBN.

Ara said that her dreams for her family who stays in Laguna are slowly coming true.

“Unti-unti naman natutupad ang mga pangarap ko sa kanila. Gusto ko may mangyari man, like health-related, may mabubunot at mabubunot ka. Gusto ko rin ipaayos ang bahay namin sa Laguna pero sanay na sila sa ganun,” she added.

Ara said that her appearance in the popular teleserye ‘The Killer Bride” made her feel that she could join the acting bandwagon.

“I am still overwhelmed. Right now, I would take any role siguro at na-e-enjoy ko now umarte. Salamat sa ‘Killer Bride’ dahil sila ang nagpa-feel sa akin na masarap pala sa showbiz,” she said. “It’s so challenging to act pero once na nagawa mo, you are fulfilled.”

Ara also thanked the beauty queens who appeared in the movies and television series ahead of her.

“It opened doors for us. Mas napasalamatan ko sila kesa isipin ko na rival sila dahil sila ang nauna. Because of them, nagka-idea ang production na puwede naman palang paartehin ang beauty queens hindi lang focused sa ganitong image.I’m so thankful sa mga nauna kaya ginalingan nila at nagkaroon kami ng chance now,” she also said.

Ara admitted that she is not so much conscious about her looks these days as compared to several years ago.

“Noong una, after my reign, mga 3 to 4 years, may ganyan akong naiisip. Pero on second thought, it helps kasi paglalabas ka kailangan mo rin mag-ayos. Dati dapat talagang naka fully made-up. Now, nakakalabas na ako kahit walang make-up. Kahit simpleng shorts and shirt okay lang sa akin. Lumalabas din ako na naka-pang gym at pawis-pawis but I don’t mind. Basta maayos lang siguro,” she added.

Line produced by ALV Films and produced by Maverick Films, “Coming Come” is directed by Adolfo Alix Jr., with a screenplay by Gina Marissa Tagasa. Alix also penned the story’s initial concept.

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