After graduating from the weekend kiddie show Goin' Bulilit two years ago, Sharlene San Pedro admitted she is excited to be part of the new season of LUV U where she plays the role of Shirley Bernardo. She is joined by other Goin' Bulilit alumni Nash Aguas, Mika Dela Cruz, Kobi Vidanes, and Alexa Ilacad.
The teen-oriented show's previous seasons already showcased the talents of Sharlene's Goin’ Bulilit batch mates Miles Ocampo, Kiray Celis, and CJ Navato. Sharlene said she did not get jealous when they got assigned to the new show and she didn't. “Ay hindi po kasi mas matanda sila sa akin at mas nauna sila nag-graduate. Nung nag-start yung LUV U, nag-go-Goin' Bulilit pa kami nun. Hindi pa ako graduate. Masaya kasi bagong show at saka sigurado magugustuhan niyo ang bagong cast. Bago yung makikita niyo ngayon sa show at saka madami kayong dapat abangan kasi masaya yung LUV U ngayon at saka kuwela, ganyan,” she shared.
The 14-year-old actress admitted she misses her Goin' Bulilit cast mates. “Yung pinaka-namiss ko? Yung mga kasama namin kasi masaya kami, laro laro lang kami doon eh. Ngayon hindi pa kasi talaga ako nag-te-taping, sila pa lang (laughs),” she said.
After taking a hiatus from showbiz, Sharlene said she took the time to focus on her studies and prepare for her comeback as a teen actress. She said she did not get disheartened by the gap in her acting career. “Hindi ko inexpect pero sinabi kasi ni direk na magpahinga daw muna kami, magpapayat, magpatangkad, yun. Hindi naman nawawalan ng pag-asa, kailangan lang pag bumalik kami iba na, hindi na yung kagaya ng dati na mga bata. Teens na kami. Nagpahinga kami tapos nag-aral ako tapos nag-Must Be Love ako with Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla tapos nag-MMK. At saka guestings,” she said.
Sharlene said she really enjoyed her working experience with two of the most popular Kapamilya teen stars in showbiz. Sharlene played the role of Lavinia, Kathryn's supportive best friend in the movie. “Silang dalawa mabait yun. Nung una kinabahan ako, akala ko parang di ba ang tanda nila, kakausapin ba nila ako, ganyan. Pero masaya pala sila kasama at saka parang walang gap sa age. Si Kuya DJ nakakalaro ko sa basketball, si Ate Kathryn naman nakaka-kuwentuhan ko. Masaya sila kasama sa set,” she said.
As a former child star, Sharlene said she is willing to work hard to be considered a more mature actress now. The current third year high school student is not bothered that she had to lie low in her career. “Hindi naman po ganun. Parang nabibigyan din naman ako ng solo role sa MMK, ganun po. Hindi ko naman hinahanap kung ano yung ibigay sa akin, gagawin ko,” she said. Sharlene admitted she felt very challenged by her recent role on MMK. “Nung una, nagulat ako kasi yung role parang di ba kakaiba kasi buntis ka tapos na-rape? Pero inisip ko na lang yung sa totoong nangyari sa letter sender, sabi ko gagawin ko na lang para mabigyan ng hustisya yung ginawa niya. Na-nominate ako dun sa Asian awards,” she said. Now, Sharlene said she is even open to doing kontrabida roles if it can showcase her talent. “Kung ano naman yung role na maibigay sa akin, yun pagbubutihan ko naman,” she added.