Empress now welcomes love and mature roles as she turns 18.
Empress is very much excited about celebrating her 18th birthday this coming February 19. The young actress said that like most debutantes, she will be having a special party, but without the formal customs. "Rocker chick 'lsquo;yung theme, so lahat ng pupunta pwedeng magsuot ng pink, black, or white. Nung teenager ako ganito na talaga ang gusto kong maging theme ng debut ko. Gustong gusto ko kasi 'lsquo;yung pink and black. Ayoko rin kasi ng pa-cute, 'lsquo;yung fairytale at mga princess. Gusto ko maiba. Once lang kasi ang debut kaya gusto ko hindi katulad ng karamihan."
She also shared that aside from her family and relatives, her close friends in showbiz will also come to her party, like the stars she got to work with in her shows Rosalka, Shoutout, and Abt Ur Luv, her friends from Star Magic, and a few executives of ABS-CBN.
Now that she'rsquo;s old enough, Empress said that she is ready to accept mature roles both on TV and movies. "Halos lahat naman kapag 18 years old na dapat naman may transformation. Dapat na ring mag mature. Kailangan since nandito ako sa industriya. Okay naman ako tumanggap ng mature roles para naman hindi rin paulit ulit 'lsquo;yung mga ginagawa ko. Hindi na pa-cute lang."
Empress revealed that she has also gotten the approval of her parents to finally accept suitors. But she clarified that this doesn'rsquo;t mean that she is in a hurry to get into a relationship because for now, her priority is her showbiz career. "Siguro ngayon pwede nang may manligaw. Ang pangit naman na 18 na ako tapos ayoko pang magpaligaw. Pero it doesn'rsquo;t mean na gusto ko na talaga magka-boyfriend. Wala pa talaga kasi sa isip ko 'lsquo;yun. Kasi ngayong 18 na ako ang mas naiisip ko talaga is pag-igihin 'lsquo;yung trabaho ko. Kapag may gustong manligaw na sa akin okay lang, wala naman yatang masama. Ayoko lang na isipin nilang porke pinayagan ko silang manligaw e sasagutin ko na sila agad. Ayoko naman na magpaasa rin. Kapag ready na ako at nakita ko talaga na 'lsquo;yung guy e sincere at willing maghintay kung kailan ako ready, okay sa akin."
For now she is just happy for her friends who have their own love lives, like her close pal Melissa Ricks who just recently admitted that she has long been dating Jake Cuenca. "I'rsquo;m happy for Melissa. Parang natanggalan ng tinik. As long as happy 'lsquo;yung friend ko at nakikita kong inaalagaan siya ni Jake, okay sa akin. Nakakasama namin minsan si Jake and he'rsquo;s nice naman."
Push.com.ph asked Empress if it'rsquo;s true that her other close friend Erich Gonzales in secretly having a relationship with young actor Enrique Gil. Empress, Erich, and Enrique are mainstays of the daily reality-variety show Shouto