As a seasoned performer, Cherry Pie Picache knows that one of the secrets to longevity in show business is to love one’s craft. She therefore has a few words of wisdom to young actors.
“Sa mga bata ngayon, katulad din noong nag-uumpisa ako, sabi ko nga, old school ako, so ang dami kong natutunan din doon sa mga tinitingala ko, nirerespeto at iniidolo kong mga actors before,” she said during the online press conference last Sept. 2 for her latest TV series, “Marry Me, Marry You.”
(To kids today, just like when I was starting, as I’ve said, I am old school, so I learned a lot from those I look up to, those I respect, and actors that I idolize before.)
Picache plays Elvie, one of Janine Gutierrez’s godmothers in the TV series, which will premiere on Sept. 11 on the iWantTFC app and site; and on Sept. 13 on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z and TV5. Viewers outside the Philippines can catch it on The Filipino Channel and IPTV.
Picache hopes that young stars don’t get offended when she shares with them what she learned in the past.
“I hope that they take it positively na marami kayong matututunan sa lahat ng katrabaho ninyo (that you will learn many things from your co-workers). I hope that you take it into your heart,” she said. “Seryosohin [ang] craft (Take craft seriously) before anything else because that will entail your longevity in the industry.”
Some of the things she learned from actors who came ahead of her were respect and discipline, while noting that most of the young actors she’s worked with are disciplined and respectful.
Picache is also asking young actors not to take for granted the breaks and opportunities that come their way, which she noticed as being more abundant now compared with her days when she was still starting out.
“Sometimes, you know, binibigay sa inyo ang opportunity and chance. Nandodoon na kaagad, hindi katulad namin noon na talagang pinagtatrabahuhan namin ang bawat pagkakataon na mabigyan kami ng eksena sa pelikula o sa telebisyon,” she said.
(Sometimes, you know, the opportunity and chance are given to you. It’s there right away, unlike with us before, where we have to work very hard for us to be given a chance to be in a scene in a movie or television.)
“Marry Me, Marry You,” directed by Dwein Ruedas-Baltazar and Jojo Saguin, also stars Paulo Avelino, Sunshine Dizon, Teresa Loyzaga, Edu Manzano and Vina Morales, with Lito Pimentel, Joko Diaz, Jett Pangan, EJ Jallorina, Luis Vera Perez, Fino Herrera, Meanne Espinosa, Mariella Laurel and Adrian Lindayag. It also features The Squad Plus members Keann Johnson, Analain Salvador and Angelica Lao. JB