Daphne Oseña-Paez says that her family life gives meaning to her achievements as a career woman.
Daphne Oseña-Paez may be one of the country’s fashion and beauty icons, but she has a lot of things going on in her life that she rarely thinks of herself as one. The host/producer of Urban Zone has also evolved into a “lifestyle brand” by coming out with her own line of furniture, bed linens, and even jewelry. “I’ve always had a background in creativity and art. I’ve a degree in Fine Art History and Urban Planning at the University of Toronto. I’ve always envisioned that I would develop products that will make your home stylish starting with the linens. I have focused on licensing my brand kind of like Martha Stewart. These are all lucrative operations by me and my partners in the industry,” said Daphne in an interview with ABS-CBN.com at a recent event for Forever Olay.
Daphne’s really proud of what she has accomplished through Urban Zone because the show has inspired many viewers to work hard so they can create beautiful homes of their own as well. “Urban Zone is basically just a show that I had envisioned to create for F where I grew up. I’ve been there for seven years. And then after that I just wanted to sell stories about how people live. So I go to different houses that are stylish and then I ask them about the designs. It actually evolved and it became the authority in interior design in the country. We didn’t plan on touching people's lives. But I’m getting so much email about how it inspired people so I am just happy with what we’ve done so far.”
But being a mother to three young girls, you’d be surprised at how Daphne managed to be a career woman and a devoted homemaker at the same time. “Sophia is 7, Lily is 4, and Bella is 1. It’s all about knowing your priorities and I’ve my rules from the very start. I say no to a lot of work. I say no to work that takes me out of town too much. I don’t know other TV hosts that would say no to a trip to Paris, but I’ve said no because for me children are only young once and I really want to be there for my children.” Obviously, spending quality time with her family is still her number one priority. “I think that is the biggest blessing that I am really grateful for. None of this would mean anything without my husband and children who are so healthy, beautiful, and loving,” she added.
Daphne further shared that she once had the chance to join showbiz, but she declined simply because it’s not her thing. “I know my strengths and weaknesses. I’ve been offered before to be part of a teleserye. And I’ve been offered a part in the movie A Very Special Love as John Lloyd Cruz’s sister. My name is actually in the credits but it was only in the photos that I appeared. I am terrified of acting. Maybe one day [I’d try acting], if I drink enough wine. I don’t know,” she related with a laugh.
One thing she’s sure of though is that longevity in the biz can be achieved through sheer hard work and lots of patience. “If I can give advice to all the younger people who are in television, choose your projects and take care of yourself. This might work for others differently, but don’t do things just because they will make you famous. I took my time, I knew my craft. I did not become the network's TV star, but I learned how to run a TV show.”