‘I feel there are a lot of stories na kailangan pang sabihin, ilabas. And 10 from years now, kung hindi ko gagawin lahat ito ngayon, sa tingin ko du’n ako mas magiging sad.’
The proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is proven yet Bela Padilla still doesn’t think so.
The actress has been starring in movies and on TV series one after another. At a press conference, the 28-year-old pointed out she becomes bored whenever she’s not working.
“Siguro kasi ito (showbiz) na ‘yung ginawa kong buhay ko eh,” she said.
In truth, Bela has deeper purpose for being a workaholic. She quoted French actress Isabelle Huppert who said this on one of her series: “I will regret it more if there’s a story that needs to be told I won’t be able to tell it.”
Bela said bringing stories to the audience is the main purpose she serves in the industry and one she will deliver on as much as she can.
“That series kasi shows the character of Isabelle juggling with three different jobs. So when she was asked by her handler if hindi nga ba siya napapagod (sa dami ng ginagawa niya), ganu’n ‘yung sagot niya,” Bela shared.
“In my case, I feel there are a lot of stories na kailangan pang sabihin, ilabas. And 10 from years now, kung hindi ko gagawin lahat ito ngayon, sa tingin ko du’n ako mas magiging sad at sasabihin sa sarili ko na, ‘Sayang, ako dapat ‘yun. Comfort zone ko na ang pagpepelikula eh… this is where I see myself.”
Of late, Bela has been playing strong female characters. The latest is Edilberta, a female soldier and sniper who embarks on a personal journey of revenge to punish the killer of her parents in “Mañanita.”
Directed by Paul Soriano, the movie is based on the real-life story of Mañanita cops in Davao del Norte. During the time when the war against illegal drugs left a bloody trail across the country, police in Kapalong town have found a non-violent way of asking suspects to surrender – that is through serenading them.
“Mañanita” was the country’s representative in the main competition of the recently concluded Tokyo International Film Festival. It opens in PH cinemas on Dec. 4.
After this, Bela will be seen with Aga Muhlach in this Christmas in Viva’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry, “Miracle In Cell No. 7.”