In her new iWantTFC series Bola Bola, Francine Diaz plays a smart and chubby girl named Thea who tries to navigate through the ups and downs of her teen years.
“Parati siyang top of her class and palagi niyang binibigay best niya sa lahat ng ginagawa niya. And she’s a very mapagmahal na kaibigan at anak. Mahilig siyang magluto and she’s funny. Pero pag kinilala mo siya, malalim siyang tao,” she said during the Bola Bola mediacon last March 17.
After declaring that her career is her priority after celebrating her debut last February, Francine revealed that she has actually never experienced being officially courted or asked out for a date in her life. Unlike her role in Bola Bola though, Francine said she has also never experienced being turned down by a guy because of her physical appearance.
“Never pa ako yinaya for a date. Never pa akong nag-aya. Siguro indirect? Hindi man sinabi na big girl ako pero dati kasi alam ko na hindi ako ganun ka-sexy. I mean hindi ko naman sinasabi na ganun na ako ka-sexy pero I would say nagdadalaga na ako ngayon (laughs). Unlike before na talagang bata, and may siopao face. Never pa akong naligawan. I think nabola lang. Pero hindi naman siya seryosong bola. Kumbaga siyempre, kabataan, nasa teenage life. May mga pa-fall. So I think wala pang nanligaw sa akin ever. Bola lang talaga (laughs),” said.
When prodded if that meant she had already fallen for someone in the past, the 18-year-old actress candidly confirmed it without sharing any details about the guy, “Konti (laughs). Naniwala so na-fall (laughs).”
The Bola Bola star said she can tell if a guy is being serious with her feelings.
“Siguro ang hindi bola sa akin kapag totoo kang tao and kapag straightforward ka without being mean naman. Kasi may mga straightforward na basta basta lang nagsasalita at walang konsiderasyon sa mga words na sinasabi nila. For me I think ang hindi bola is maging mabait ka and marespeto sa tao, sa babae, and yung alang pa-ligoy ligoy. Kasi kapag may pa-hint hint ka yan ang bola talaga (laughs). Either maging forward ka or mag shut up ka na lang,” she explained.
Watch Bola Bola starting March 26 on iWantTFC. Directed by JP Habac. Produced by Dreamscape Entertainment. Starring Francine Diaz, Akira Morishita of BGYO, KD Estrada, Ashton Salvador, Analain Salvador, Danica Ontengco, Arlene Muhlach, Vance Larena, and Lito Pimentel.