Amid the untimely death of her mom, online bashers who were quick to judge her and the pressure of finishing a movie, Kim Chiu never thought of giving up. “Hindi rin eh. Kasi itong showbiz, dito na ako nabubuhay, parang dito na ako lumaki. Hindi naman umabot sa punto na gusto ko na sumuko. Pero at least nagkaroon ako ng break for two weeks,” she said in an interview after the press con for Star Cinema’s latest movie offering “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo” held at the Dolphy theater, Tuesday night, July 23.
Some netizens tried to put her down when she seemingly moved on easily as she attended to work commitments soon after her estranged mom passed away last month. But the 23-year-old actress faced it all with a brave front. “Wala eh, parte ng buhay yun eh. Part ‘yan ng pagsubok na haharapin mo sa everyday life mo and masaya ako na na-overcome ko siya. Nandiyan yung mga tao sa paligid ko na hindi bumibitaw sa akin at as kanila ako kumakapit.”
Asked how it’s like shooting a romantic comedy amidst her personal struggles, Kim admitted that it was definitely hard but she needed to get the job done. She was just grateful that her colleagues were sensitive of her needs. “Hindi ko sasabihin na nadalian ako pero mahirap siya. Parang ano ba, kailangan ko magpatawa, kailangan ko ngumiti. Ilang beses namin inulit-ulit na mag-take para kunan yung sobrang ligalig na eksena. Pero masaya ako kasi nandun yung respeto sa set. Palagi ka nila tatanungin, ‘Kaya mo ba?’”
At this point, she’s trying to cope by talking less about it as much as possible. “More or less ayoko pagusapan yung tungkol sa nangyari. Huwag na lang po yun [how I am coping right now] kasi hindi naman parte ng pelikula. Basta ang importante natapos yung movie at nagawa ko yung eksenang kailangan gawin.”
Kim also took the chance to thank the people who stood by her, including her leading man Xian Lim. “Oo naman, kay Xian at sa mga taong sumusuporta sa akin, sa pamilya ko, sa Star Magic. Thankful ako sa mga nandiyan for me, yung totoong nandiyan for me. Yung pamilya ko, of course, lagi naman sila nandiyan, inspirasyon ko sila sa kung ano man nangyayari sa buhay ko. Hindi naman sila bumitaw sa akin.”
Incidentally, her estranged friend Maja Salvador was also quick to defend her during the time a blog site published a blind item, referring to how Kim supposedly neglected the condition of her mom prior to her death. Maja tweeted, “You don't know her... You just know her name... #PleaseDon'tJudge #PleaseRESPECT” soon after Kim posted a furious tweet about the said blog site making up stories without checking facts. But when asked to comment on Maja’s sympathetic gesture, Kim directly answered, “Let’s not talk about it.”