As part of the cast of iWantTFC’s Feb-Ibig offering The Goodbye Girl premiering on Valentine’s Day this year, Barbie Imperial plays the role of Kiera in the The Other Girl episode of the latest iWantTFC Original series. Kiera is a woman who ends up becoming a mistress to her colleague named Franco (Turs Daza). Upon realizing that he may never be able to fully commit to her, Kiera befriends his wife to get to know the “competition,” only to discover that she is just one of the many women on the side.
Barbie admitted that it was a challenge for her acting outside her usual girl-next-door roles. “Parang first time ko ata gumawa ng role another girl ako. Naging kumportable naman ako sa set namin kasi sila Turs and everyone na kasama namin so it wasn’t that hard na. Tanungan lang kami dun lahat. Even sa standby area sobrang kumportable kami sa isa’t isa. Hihiga kami sa bed. One small bed ilan kami dun (laughs). It felt like parang family kami. So pag nasa set na andun yung kumportable ka na eh so hindi na siya mahirap,” she shared during The Goodbye Girl mediacon last February 3.
Having already confirmed with ABS-CBN News through an exclusive interview that she and Diego Loyzaga have officially broken up, the 23-year-old actress finally put to rest speculations about their relationship ever since Diego flew to the US without her last month. During the exclusive interview, The Goodbye Girl did not go into specific details about what happened during the breakup but shared that it was an amicable separation. Diego and Barbie had just celebrated their first anniversary as a couple last December.
During the mediacon, Barbie shared her thoughts on breakups and understanding why some people choose to not face the person they’ve just broken up with.
“One of the hardest goodbyes is one you don’t see coming. Yung hindi mo na-anticipate na yun na yung last time na makikita mo yung taong yun. For me yun ang pinakamahirap na goodbye. Yun for me ang mahirap. Yung hindi mo alam na mangyayari kasi hindi ka ready. But, ganun talaga. Life (laughs). I also have to understand na iba iba ang coping mechanism ng mga tao. So for me ito ang gusto ko harap-harapan, dun sa isang tao hindi yun yung coping mechanism nila so I have to respect that. So if wala na, hindi na ako mag-fo-focus sa bakit ganun siya umalis? Bakit ganito niya ako iniwan? Mag-focus na lang ako sa ganito ako magiging okay, ganito ko aayusin yung sarili ko,” she explained.
When asked to share what is her most recent lesson learned about Love, The Goodbye Girl actress stressed the importance of learning how to love yourself before other people, as based on her own past experiences.
“More on kasi before parang pag naririnig natin na mahalin mo muna yung sarili mo bago ka magmahal ng iba parang gasgas di ba? Pero yung natutunan ko sa mga past relationships ko was kailangan mo talagang mahalin yung sarili mo. Totoo pala yun. Kasi I’m the kind of person na kahit na nauubos na ako, paubos na ako ng paubos, bigay pa rin ako ng bigay ng love sa ibang tao. Nung finally natutunan ko na baka kaya paulit ulit na nangyayari sa akin ito kasi hindi ko talaga minamahal yung sarili ko. Kasi it’s like all the same stories each boyfriend. So parang what if ibahin ko ngayon? Sarili ko naman yung mahalin ko.
“Self-love is very important. You have to love yourself para alam mo kung kailan ka aalis, alam mo kung kailan mo ipaglalaban yung sarili mo, alam mo yung worth mo as a person. That’s it. If you don’t love yourself talaga, parang ang mangyayari go with the flow ka lang even if hindi na yun para sa inyong dalawa. Love yourself para matapang ka, yung tapang mo nandiyan, yung panininindigan mo nandiyan,” she said.