After a decade of being in showbiz, Janine Gutierrez said she is always on the lookout to portray as many different roles as she can.
“I welcome more challenging roles. I feel like every role is challenging eh. parang kumbaga iba ibang challenge lang yan eh. Hindi ko din ma-ko-compare kung anong mas mahirap na character, parang iba iba siyang klaseng challenge eh. The challenge is kung paano mo siya gagawing totoo. Pero ever since naman nung ginawa ko yung Elise, parang yun talaga yung film na naisip ko na gustong gusto ko yung kuwento and parang yung feeling ko talaga makakarating sa manunuod yung gusto naming sabihin at gusto naming gawin. So yun lang talaga yung goal ko,” she shared.
The 31-year-old Kapamilya star also shared how she usually decides what role to portray. “I would say it depends sa script pero ito tinanggap ko kahit hindi ko pa nababasa yung script (laughs). So usually sa script talaga yung basehan ko and kung sino yung makakatrabaho ko dito, yung director, yung mga magiging partner ko. Yun talaga yung basehan, kung gusto ko yung kuwento at sa tingin ko maganda siya. Kasi nung in-offer sa akin ito ang text sa akin ay may film inquiry daw from TBA tapos direk JP Habac and JC Santos daw yung kasama. Sabi ko yes please (laughs),” she recalled.
With her recent film with JC Santos, the rom-com Dito at Doon, still enjoying an extended run online, Janine is still hoping it can still be seen in cinemas after the pandemic is over.
“I’m so happy. Sobrang thankful and happy na naisip ako nila direk JP. Sobrang happy talaga ako na nagawa ko yung Dito at Doon. Pero iba pa nga pa rin yung sa sinehan and it’s also another experience. I mean it’s also an interesting experience to watch at home di ba? Parang bagong experience din siya na kailangan mong masubukan. But gusto ko din sana ma-achieve yung mga na-a-achieve ni JC sa mga pelikula niya, she said.
After doing many roles onscreen, Janine said what is most challenging for her occurs off camera.
“Kung physical, prosthetics. Diyos ko ang hirap, four hours kaming nagkakabit ng prosthetics. Aside from that yung medyo mas malalim na sagot would be rejection. Very harsh ang rejection sa industriyang ito and yung wala kang magagawa, wala kang control kasi siyempre bilang artista nag-o-audition ka and of course ang pipikli yung mga producer, so there’s also a certain sense of sila talaga yung mga hawak nung career mo at nung opportunities at kinabukasan mo so that would have to be the hardest part,” she shared.
As the eldest daughter of actors Lotlot de Leon and Ramon Christopher, Janine said she is happy carving out a career in the same industry as her parents and reveals why she would never consider giving it up.
“Parang if you stick it out, dadating din sa ‘yo yung gusto mo if you keep trying and if you keep doing your best. Gawin mo lang yung mga bagay that will bring you closer dun sa bagay na gusto mo talaga gawin. One step at a time makukuha mo din yung gusto mong gawin,” she added.