When asked for her advice to newbie actors, Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos remarked, “Never give up. And again definitely it’s hard work. Never stop dreaming. Tuloy mo lang. At again dedication. Don’t lose hope. And then luck, darating at darating din yan sa ’yo.”
She added that if one wants to attain success in the industry, he should make sacrifices and love his craft, “Kung hindi mo mamahalin ang trabaho mo sa industriya hindi ka tatagal. So let’s say na if you really want to be in the movie industry, dadaanan mo [lahat] which means there is sacrifice and through that sacrifice if you work hard may pupuntahan. May sakripisyo talaga ang lahat ng nasa industriya whether movies or television,” she said.
The Cinemalaya best actress shared that if things turned out differently for her, she would have still chosen to act. “Siguro nasa dugo ko na, bata pa ako umaarte na talaga ako so whether its an extra or ‘yung leading role kaagad sa Trudis Liit, it’s really siguro na nasa showbiz pa rin ako.”
Governor Vi is currently starring in the indie movie Ekstra. She said that she was happy to portray a role far different from the ones she’s taken on before. “Masaya ako na gumanap na ‘yung role na nakakikita ko lagi sa pelikula, ‘yung hindi na naman ikaw ang bida, ‘yung ikaw ang ekstra,” she said.
On the message that the movie wants to impart, the actress relayed, “Sa lahat ng napagdaanan ni Loida Malabanan (her character in the film) and ‘yung never giving up and being positive. So again ‘yun ang isa sa pinakita ng pelikula, nabalewala siya, napahiya siya pero hindi gumive-up, ‘yun ang gusto niya, ‘yun ang passion niya at nandon ang pagiging positibo,” she stated.
The actress remarked that she learned a lot of things about bit players from the film and she hopes that the audience would be able to recognize the importance of extras in filmmaking. “There are no small roles. Dito nakita mo sa dialogue ko hindi makagagawa ng pelikula kung walang ekstra so which means dapat ‘yung respect na kahit papaano nakakalimutan pag sinabing ekstra. Baka this time makatulong ang movie na ito para masabi na they are also worthy sa paggawa ng isang makabuluhang pelikula ang mga ekstra,” she said.