Best of both worldsBy Nestor Torre
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Last month, we chanced upon some interviews on TV that offered more than just the usual platitudes and promotional fluff. Topping the list was Janice de Belen’s long talk with Aiza Seguerra.
What made it truly choice was the fact that both interviewer and interviewee were former child stars, so they were coming from the same place, knew the territory like the back of their hands, and had a lot to share.
After all, being a child star may look like fun and games, but it’s really a tough row to hoe, especially because the workers are so young, impressionable and vulnerable.
Janice and Aiza were further linked by the “eventful” lives they’ve both lived after their childhood years were over.
Janice became a teenage mother and later married someone who eventually fell for somebody else—and even upped and married that one! That kind of rude awakening, courtesy of the extremely fickle finger of fate, could teach its willing and unwilling pupil a lesson or 10!
As for Aiza, she chose rather early on to fess up and reveal that she liked girls much more than boys, and has had to cope with some negative repercussions from deciding to “out” herself so honestly and unequivocally.
So, when the two former child stars and “Ph.D.” graduates of the “University of Life” sat down for their TV chat, it promised to be a memorable exchange of “been-there, done-that” views and experiences—and it lived up to expectations!
Janice should be credited for asking the right questions, and Aiza also did her rightful share by being candid and sometimes even blunt by way of her responses. Well, that’s par for the course for both of them, because they’re famous for telling it like it is, to viewers’ grateful edification.
Also quite viewable—and quotable—was an interview we caught some weeks ago with the “now you see her, now you don’t” BB Gandanghari. Ever since her “self-reinvention” some years back, BB has been a perplexing conundrum—and even contradiction—to some. So, we’re glad that we caught the interview, because it proved to be more forthcoming and illuminating than BB’s previous appearances on TV.
Even better, BB turned out to be a good talker, only occasionally finding herself at a loss for words—or wordplay.
In fact, she was such an entertaining talker that we wanted to listen to her on a more regular basis—which is why we are suggesting to a canny TV producer that he/she should whip up a talk show for BB. On it, the “self-reinvented” star could focus on the less obvious facets of life, the sort of stuff avoided or not done justice to by more standard and myopically predictable TV talk fests.
To make the show even more eventful, why not combine the two unique personalities we’ve featured, and get Aiza Seguerra to cohost the show?
BB and Aiza will be a most unusual and stellar combination, you’ll agree, potentially combining the best and most outré of both and all worlds!
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