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Miles Ocampo ecstatic as she snags first leading role after 15 years

Miles Ocampo also opens up about the questions she asked herself when the careers of her fellow child stars started taking off.

BY PUSH TEAM

FRESH SCOOPS

11/12/2019 11:01 AM
Miles Ocampo ecstatic as she snags first leading role after 15 years


It may have taken 15 years before Miles Ocampo snagged her first-ever leading role in a movie, but it sure is worth the wait. 

Having played mostly supporting roles and ensemble characters in the past, Ocampo said that she isn't used to staying long hours on set.

“Hindi po ako sanay. Sabi ko nga po kay Direk, ‘Direk, ganito pala ‘yun. Kasi sanay po ako pag nagshu-shoot ‘di ba po may iba pang nakukunan. Ito mula po opening to closing ng araw, ako ‘yung kasama,” she said during a press conference held Monday, November 11.

Ocampo, who plays an aspiring writer in the film, shared that there came a point in her life where she asked herself what was taking so long for her career to take off. 

“Hindi po. Well, medyo. Nung mga bata-bata pa po ako. Dumating po ako sa point na nagtatanong ako: ‘Bakit ang tagal? Bakit wala pa?’ Pero kahit papaano habang tumatagal tayo sa industriya, na-realize ko na hindi ko pala ini-aim ‘yung maging super galing. Parang ang para sa akin, kung sino ‘yung nagtatagal, kung sino ‘yung nag-stay, masaya na po ako sa ganun,” she said.

While there are people who easily give up on their dreams, Miles thinks quitting is not an option - especially for someone who loves her craft so much.

“No. Kasi po bata pa lang po ako, ito na ‘yung gusto kong gawin. And ‘yung conflict naman po with my school, ‘yun nga lang minsan may mga kailangan akong matanggihan na projects na kailangan ko po talagang piliin ‘yung iba. Kaya ko po natatanggihan. But ‘yun po. Hindi naman po pumasok sa isip ko na mag-stop ever,” she said. 

The former Goin’ Bulilit star, who is currently taking up a Creative Writing program at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, says her love for acting will go on until the day her hair turns gray.

“Siguro kasi ever since bata ako ito po ‘yung ginusto ko talaga gawin. Kaya po hanggang ngayon hindi ko siya mabitawan. Ngayon din tinatry ko siya off-cam. So alam ko sa sarili ko na hanggang pagtanda ko, ito ‘yung gusto kong gawin,” she stated. 

Ocampo, who prioritizes her studies, said she had to turn down a lot of projects to make sure she gets to keep up with her classes.

“Minsan may mga projects ako na kailangan lang talaga matanggihan, kailangan kong piliin at the same time. Kasi po part din ng grade namin minsan ‘yung attendance so malaking factor for me ‘yung piliin ko lang ‘yung talagang worth it para sa akin.”

Meanwhile, Miles shared how happy she is to be able to fulfill her dream to star in a romantic-comedy film.

“May mga moments na kinikilig ako. Iniimagine ko na gagawin ko siya sa mga eksena. Kasi po lumaki ka sa industriya. Pangarap mong mag rom-com. Tapos nung ginagawa na po namin ‘yung mga ganung eksena, nakakakilig,” she said.

Write About Love, which also stars Rocco Nacino, Yeng Constantino, and Joem Bascon, will hit Philippine cinemas on December 25.