As part of the upcoming movie Ex With Benefits, Meg Imperial said she looks forward to returning to the big screen.
“I think isa ito sa biggest projects ko since ito yung isa sa films under Star Cinema and Viva so talagang pinaghandaan siya at pinaganda plus I'm working with Derek Ramsay, Coleen Garcia and of course direk Gino Santos. One year in the making ito. Sobrang ang tagal na niya at saka malaki yung project dahil madaming readers yung book, madaming fans yung title na Ex With Benefits so kasama din ako dun. Maraming nag-aabang and very controversial ang Ex With Benefits so kinakabahan ako just because sobrang laki nung film them being part of this sobrang na-e-excite din ako dahil madaming expectations ang tao for sure,” she shared during the film's grand presscon held last August 22 inside ABS-CBN.
To share topbilling with Derek is something Meg finds incredible.
“Hindi ako makapaniwala kasi siyempre Derek Ramsay yan so ang feeling ko ma-i-intimidate ako but surprisingly hindi. Very approachable siya and siya talaga yung unang kumausap sa akin and then nagpa-picture pa siya on our first day so sabi ko ang bait niya and very comfortable ako working with him. Parang gusto ko siya ulit makasama sa next project, parang ganun yung feeling,” she admitted. For the movie, Meg said she had to strive to look sexier especially since she knew she would be compared to Coleen Garcia on screen. “Yes but it helped kasi na-motivate ako na to go on a diet and to do workouts and para naman makasabay sa kanilang dalawa,” she added.
After doing the popular series Moon of Desire, many wondered why Meg did not have an immediate follow-up project. The 22-year-old actress admits the delay was her own fault. After admitting that she almost dated JM De Guzman last July but the actor had abruptly stopped communicating with her, the assumption was that he is part of the reason she became less visible in showbiz.
“To answer bakit natagalan, nagkaroon lang ng mga problems in between but I'm recovering now. I'm okay na and mas tina-try ko now to improve myself para if may project na dadating mabibigay ko yung best ko and mas makikita nila yung different na Meg Imperial na. From that problem, alam naman kasi ng tao lahat yan di ba? Na very na-vi-visualize naman nila kung ano yung naging problem before so siguro I accept it na it's my fault din kung bakit nangyari yun and napabayaan ko rin yung sarili ko. So yun acceptance first and dahil din sa tulong ng mga taong nasa paligid ko, with my manager boss Vic Del Rosario na tumulong talaga sa akin at mino-motivate talaga niya ako sabi niya, 'Yun lang naman ang naging problem sa 'yo, with your attitude, with your work ethics wala ka naman naging problem, yun lang talaga,’” she explained to Push.com.ph.
Meg admitted she put on pounds which she is now steadily working off with exercise and diet.
“I still eat every three or four hours pero nandun tayo na I count my calories a day and I burn more. I gained weight so that's my fault. Biggest problem ko yun kasi siyempre in this industry you have to be slim and you have to look good always so na-haggard ako siguro. I was not bitter but sad yes. Sad dahil I felt like I missed the opportunity na magtuloy-tuloy kasi I heard there was a lot of projects dapat right after that but since nag-gain ako ng weight I think yun yung naging biggest problem ko,” she said.
If there is anything the Ex With Benefits actress has learned from the experience, she said it is to be more focused.
“I have to take care of myself and kailangan talagang mag-strive pa ako to be better and siguro yung sa focus ko ngayon. I want to focus on myself, sa work rather than sa ibang tao dahil siguro parang na-distract ako sa ibang tao na very emotional ako na parang may sinabi sa ‘yo yung tao sobrang dinidibdib ko siya to the point na dini-depress ko yung sarili ko which is mali. It's not to be less trusting, siguro mas more mature dealing with pain or emotions. Kasi before parang ang hirap tanggapin yung mga sinasabi nilang negativity about you instead of bringing out the best in you. So dapat gawin mong motivation yun to do better so yun yun,” she shared.
Although she has not closed her heart on love, Meg said she does not see herself in a serious relationship any time soon. “I'm open to dating pero it's less priority now because I think, feeling ko lang magiging one of the reasons siya para ma-distract ako sa work so ayoko muna dun. Parang ngayon pa lang ako nag-bi-build again ng something for my name na malinis ko yung before,” she said.