Actress Kim Chiu says she already misses having a boyfriend, but that when she does, she calls screen partner and rumored suitor Xian Lim, one of her closest friends.
The two worked together in two top-rating TV projects and the recent Star Cinema release, “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo,” directed by Joyce Bernal.
Kim, 23, insists she is not entertaining suitors at the moment. “No one sends me flowers, except Xian. Thank you, Xian,” she says. “Neither do I have other guy friends. I’m focused on spending time with my family.”
Despite being single, Kim claims she is happy. “I’ve learned that, to stay happy, I should be more accepting of everything that happens. That’s why in all my interviews now, I advise girls my age to live life to the fullest.”
While she doesn’t dread falling in love again, the actress is in no hurry for commitment. “I’m taking it slow—I’d like to really know a person before we become exclusive. I’m not the type who replaces boyfriends as often as changing outfits.”
Kim was recently estranged from best friend actress Maja Salvador, because the latter is now dating fellow Kapamilya artist (and Kim’s ex) Gerald Anderson. But she says she is starting to trust again. “Slowly,” she stresses. “One can’t be a man-hater forever. Being around Xian helped me a lot.”
No second chances
But she doesn’t believe in second chances. “What’s done is done. You’ve walked down that path and it’s best to move forward, to learn and experience new things.”
She believes her recently departed mom is her guardian angel. “She guides me when I have to make important decisions. If I could have one wish, I’d wish for her to still be with us,” Kim says.
She searched for her mother for years in her home province Cebu only to find her in a coma. On June 25, Kim’s mom Louella died of brain aneurysm and was buried four days later. The family recently commemorated the 40th day of Louella’s passing with a dinner gathering.
“Relatives from both my father’s and mother’s sides attended. It was no longer as emotional as the burial,” she relates.
Kim reiterates the importance, for her, of staying close to her siblings despite a very busy schedule. “Outside show biz, I’ve invested in a number of businesses. My sister and I co-own a bakeshop and a French fries franchise.”
Kim wants to mature professionally by exploring varied acting options. “I intend to grow in this business,” she says. “I joined show biz via a reality show; I guess in a way people watched me grow up. I can’t play teenybopper roles forever. I aspire to portray roles that will help me win acting awards.”
Starting Sept. 7, Kim will be seen in four episodes of ABS-CBN’s “Wansapanataym Presents: My Fairy Kasambahay,” along with Angel Aquino, John Lapus, Shamaine Buencamino, Miguel Vergara, Arnold Reyes and Simon Ibarra. The series is written by Cris Lim and Arlene Tamayo and directed by Jerry Sineneng.