You auditioned to be an AV idol at the age of 18. What motivated you then?
Well, my friends were doing it, and that kind of made me want to do it. And then after that, I wanted to continue doing it because I wanted to be the No. 1 in the industry. It was also out of curiosity. Getting famous was a part of it too, but curiosity was, by far, the biggest reason.
What went through your head when you got your first contract—a contract that essentially meant that you were going to have sex with all these men for a living?
At first, I was really nervous. I was really scared. Like any first job, I didn’t have a real idea of how to do it. But I guess what propelled me was the fans. The more I did it, I started to slowly realize that there were a lot of fans that were looking forward to my work. That made me happy. As I’ve said, the fame was a big draw, too. So when I started seeing the fans, I just went, “Okay, I want to do this. I have to do this.” I was really strong—I had to be.
Were there people around you telling you not to go through with it?
Yes, of course. It’s funny because when I look back at it, half of my friends were supportive, but the other half, they were, like, “No. That’s bad. You’re bad.” You know? Naturally, my parents were against it, too—and my boyfriend as well.
What did you tell them?
I just told them, “No, this is what I want to do. So, I’m doing it.”
Did you ever imagine that “doing it” meant that you’d become this big?
No, no, no! Not at all! I have no real idea why, out of the many, many actresses in the scene, I’d be able to build up a following such as this. It truly surprises me every day.
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Special thanks to Marga Vargas and Joy Andrade; Shot on location at Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila