Playing the role of the understanding parent of Keann Johnson in the latest iWantTFC series Love Beneath The Stars, Nikki Valdez said she did not have any hesitation accepting the role which can hopefully be a good influence on other parents experiencing the same situation with their children.
“Natutuwa ako to be part of this sequel, kasi in the movie nabanggit ata yung relationship ni Luke with his mom and I’m just honored to be playing the mom pala in the series na magkakaroon pala ng sequel. I’m really happy to be doing this role. Maganda yung backstory niya. She’s not just a cool mom but accepting and understanding of her son’s choices and decisions. I’m really grateful to be representing yung mga parents or yung mga moms na ganun,” she said.
Having joined showbiz during her early teens as part of ABS-CBN Dolphy sitcom Home Along Da Riles, Nikki said she is comfortable being around people of different orientations.
“In my 24 years, I have been exposed to the LGBTQ+ community. All my life nakapaligid sila sa amin. They’re very happy people. Love is universal so who are you to choose for a person? Sobrang open kami ng anak ko. And then I told her, ‘When the day comes, ito yung choice mo. I will support you.’ That’s what i told her,” she recalled.
As a doting mother to her only daughter Olivia Ysabelle, Nikki says she would support her child regardless of what her decisions are in life.
“Since my daughter just turned 13 recently, Olivia and I we’re very open to each other. We tell her that, ‘Anything that you want to know’—kahit hindi kami agree at some point—‘ang importante is you are open to us.’
“At the age of 13, she has recently asked me what is being a pansexual about. So ako, sa totoo lang, hindi ko alam yung isasagot ko kasi hindi ko alam. I’m not very much aware of yung description ng preferences ng mga tao. But I made a research on it and ang take ko diyan, sabi ko nga my character here resonates so much because I found myself telling her na, ‘It’s okay. I would rather you discover on your own kung ano yung tingin mo ang choices mo but be open,” she said.
Through the show and her latest role, the Love Beneath The Stars actress explained what message she wants to send out to the viewers of the new BL series.
“That we are entitled to showing how we truly feel about someone. But aside from respecting yourself and respecting others, we have rules to abide with na hindi ka lalagpas doon. Basta hindi ka nakakatapak ng ibang tao, hindi ka nakakasakit ng ibang tao, you have all the right to go for what you believe in and to love who you want to love,” she added.
Watch the iWantTFC original series Love Beneath the Stars every Monday starting August 16. Written and directed by Dolly Dulu, it stars Adrian Lindayag, Keann Johnson, Nikki Valdez, Agot Isidro, Romnick Sarmenta, Victor Silayan, and Iyah Mina.