After over 17 years in showbiz, Erich Gonzales said she has come a long way since joining Star Circle Quest in 2004. The La Vida Lena star admitted she has also learned a lot from being part of the Star Magic family.
”Ever since I won Star Circle Quest in 2005, sila na yung… kumbaga sa kanila na ako lumaki in this industry. So lagi silang nandiyan to help me and guide me. They’re family. Marami naman ako natutunan. Yung mga experiences natin yun naman yung tumutulong sa atin. To help us grow, makakapag-shape din sa atin. kahit na ano pang mangyari they’re just there. Na-fi-feel ko yung support nila,” she said.
In her current drama series, the 30-year-old actress shared what she has learned from her dual role as Magda and Lena.
“Maraming lessons talaga silang matututunan from La Vida Lena and I feel like yung kuwento is very relatable. Iba rin kasi talaga yung pagmamahal eh, kasi hindi lang para sa pamilya, pati sa sarili. Kasi lahat tayo meron tayo nun, kumbaga innate na yun sa atin.
“And one thing na hindi ko makakalimutan yung sinabi ni Magda na nung tini-tease siya at binu-bully siya sinabi niya na hindi naman sila nag-ma-matter sa kanya so hindi importante yung opinion nila. I guess it’s human nature, I feel like everyone talks talaga. Kumbaga nasa sa ‘yo lang yan kung magpapa-apekto ka ba or kung ano yung gagawin mo. Kumbaga yung perspective, ganun lang. Yun siguro talaga,” she shared.
Just like her previous roles, Erich tries to make each character she portrays memorable and different from one another. In Lena’s story, getting revenge on those who did her wrong in the past is her goal. In real life, Erich said she also believes in karma.
“Siguro dito pinaka-challenge lang talaga is yung paano maging iba yung ipapakita natin sa mga nagawa na nating projects before, kung paano siya hindi magiging same lang sa mga past projects na nagawa natin and with the help of our directors okay naman yata yung kinalabasan.
“I believe what goes around comes around so kumbaga kung ano yung itinanim mo yun yung aanihin mo so might as well magtanim ka na lang ng mga mabubuti sa puso mo and then just stop stressing about the things that you have no control of. And instead focus na lang sa mga bagay na kaya mo naman gawan ng paraan.
“Siguro it’s about prioritizing kung ano yung mas makakatulong para sa iyo. Kasi pag feeling mo okay ka, then you’ll be able to help other people also, parang ganun,” she explained.
With so many new talents joining Star Magic this year, Erich said she does not feel threatened or competitive with the newer generation of artists.
“Mas maganda na dun ka mag-focus kesa sa ibang tao kasi parang it’s just not me para mag-compare sa ibang tao. I’m just very grateful to ABS-CBN and for as long as they want me, I’m here to stay. Yun lang yun,” she said.
Watch La Vida Lena on A2Z, TV5, iWantTFC and the The Filipino Channel (TFC) on cable and IPTV for viewers outside the Philippines.