As one of the top endorsers in the country, Solenn Heusaff admitted it's not enough for her to be a model, actress, painter, and TV host, she is also focusing right now on another passion: her two restaurants. “I think I love food talaga. Dati akong mataba. Super pag may bagong restaurant gusto ko yung first week nandun na ako. I'm critical din about food. Marunong naman ako magluto pero hindi ako chef. So kahit hindi ako professional chef I criticize a lot (laughs). So yun parang since my brother (Erwan Heussaff) entered the food industry sabi ko at least may support din galing from me and baka gusto niya may mga ventures, kung bagay sa lifestyle or beliefs ko then I will take part of it. So nag-open kami ng Hatch 22 sa Rockwell. We've learned through our ups and downs, hindi masyado maganda sa umpisa yung mga comments pero we're working on it pero now I think we're strong na,” she said during the Vitress Catwalk event held last August 8 at Bonifacio High Street.
The 29-year-old actress is also especially proud of her second restaurant which she personally designed located inside BGC. “Ngayon may bago kaming restaurant called Crisp on 28th street. It's a cafe na mas maliit sa Hatch 22 so mas cozy tapos we're still decorating it. We're open naman kung gusto niyo kumain pero yung mga decorations may mga two more weeks. Since I paint din I'm doing a mural there sa labas. Yung vibe parang New York style na hipster cafe,” she shared.
Solenn said she would rather focus on the more creative aspects of the business and lets her brother Erwan handle the technical work. “Yung mga numbers hindi ako, very bad ako dun (laughs). So ako yung design, yung concept and food items, menu. Tapos pag may decorations, paintings, ganun. It's fun. There's two more restaurants in our plans for next year,” she added.
As with all new businesses, Solenn said she and her brother could not help but clash sometimes. “Sa bagong restaurant namin sobrang sarap. We have a very, very good calamansi meringue tart. Basta sa Hatch 22 yung pinaka-best sellers namin na ayaw ng brother ko sa umpisa pero I fought for it. Kasi half of it is a bakery. Sabi ko sa Rockwell ang dami ng sosyal na bakery, maraming artisan ata sa baba so sabi ko let's do a panaderia. Pero si Erwan ayaw niya ng sweet bread kasi. Ayun we did our own version of Pan de Regla kasi favorite ko yun. It's homemade. Our bestsellers are Pan de Regla and Spanish bread. Yung Spanish bread namin may regular at may bacon Spanish bread at may Nutella Spanish bread,” she said.
Even with her busy schedule, the longtime Vitress celebrity endorser said she makes sure to have time to still do fitness. “You have to make time so if my call time is 8 am I work out at 5 am. I sleep on the set na lang. I work out six days a week, depends lang pag super pagod then three to four days minimum. I really feel na disgusting ako pag hindi ako nag-wo-workout. Kasi when you get used to it, pag one day na walang workout you feel so dead,” she admitted.
As part of a high-profile showbiz barkada, Solenn admitted she and her friends (which include Anne Curtis and Isabelle Daza) have learned to deal with controversy. “Wala we don't talk about it. Kasi we know how showbiz in the Philippines works. Para sa amin parang it's actually more tiring to talk about it kasi there's more important issues in the Philippines that we need to address and talk about kesa yung mga news na maliliit na incident or walang meaning sa buhay, so parang we don't even talk about it. We don't even say, 'Oh my God, girl I heard...' Walang ganun, wala talaga,” she said.
Even being labeled as “party girls” is something that does not bother Solenn anymore. “I think they're over that phase. Baka they're on drugs (laughs). I had that a lot, I think dahil sa 'It' girls. First of all, we didn't give ourselves that name. Actually we hate that name. Hindi ko alam anong ibig sabihin ng 'It' girls. So parang since lahat kami mahilig mag-dress-up, mahilig mag-ayos, mahilig mag-travel, baka sa tingin nila we just go out and party. Actually the last time we went out feeling ko mga three years ago. Lagi ako in bed by 9 pm, kahit New Year's. As in I force myself hanggang midnight gising ako, parang lola na ako (laughs). I've been through the phase where I went out a lot. Hindi naman party girl kasi para sa akin yung party girl parang ibig sabihin naglalasing, drugs, all that stuff. Hindi ako ganun. Of course I used to go out and enjoy with my friends, care bears sa anong tingin ng iba. If I want to dance on the table gagawin ko. Pero ngayon hindi talaga ako party girl. Kahit yung mga friends ko they tell me, 'Solenn you're so boring (laughs)' pero kahit sila they don't really go out na,” she said.