After finally fulfilling her wish of being part of Cinemalaya film festival this year with her film Malamaya, Sunshine Cruz said she is very proud of the work she did on the movie because her role as a painter is very different from her real life persona. “I don’t smoke and Nora is a chain smoker so yun yung isa sa mahirap na ginawa ko. Minsan hindi lang isang stick sa isang eksena yung nauubos ko. Minsan anim, pito, mga ganun. So minsan nakakahilo. There was a time I almost passed out. Nahilo ako sa smoking, ang init kasi sa U.P. we had to repeat the scene over and over again kasi sa sobrang hilo ko nakakalimutan ko na yung lines ko. Pero sacrifice of course para pagmukhang believable yung character ko,” she shared during the Malamaya presscon held last July 16 in Quezon city.
The Malamaya star said she also had to change the way she speaks for her dominant character in the film. “Ang dami kong favorite na eksena pero kasi feisty si Nora. Hindi niyo pa ako nakikitang magsalita ng ganito sa kahit anong serye or pelikula pero this time maraming words si Nora na ginamit dito na magugulat kayo,” she admits.
As she turns 42 years old on July 18, the single mother of three said she is already thankful for all her projects this year. “Sa ngayon kasi parang sobrang blessed na nga ako. I’m doing three movies, Stepmother’s Lover, Malamaya, The Heiress under Regal Films and kakatapos ko lang mag-taping ng Hiwaga ng Kambat sa ABS-CBN. I’m doing another serye na sisimulan na rin yung Love Thy Woman under Dreamscape productions. So in terms of career, mag-dire-diretso lang talaga ito, wala na akong mahihiling pa. Sa personal naman I have three wonderful, smart kids who love and respect me,” she said.
If she had to make a birthday wish, Shine said it would have to e about entrepreneurship. “Masaya lang so siguro business ventures, yun na lang. Gusto ko magkaroon ng food business since nakapag-culinary din ako. Gusto ko magkaroon ng clothing line at sariling makeup line. So yun yung mg plano na sana this year matupad,” she added.