As wife to Vino Guingona and mom to Athalia, actress Empress Schuck admits she now sees life in a different light.
“I think mas nag-mature in a way kasi we also have a daughter na. Hindi na lang sarili ko ang iniisip ko kasi hindi na ako single. Dalawa na ‘yung iisipin ko,’yung daughter ko tapos ‘yung asawa ko pa,” Schuck said during the online press conference for “The Broken Marriage Vow” on Jan. 17.
(I think I matured more in a way, because we also already have a daughter. I don’t just think of myself anymore because I’m no longer single. I think of two people now, my daughter and husband.)
As she and her husband have just been married for less than a year, Schuck feels she still has a lot to learn about married life. Schuck also learned that she needs to be more caring.
“Siyempre, noong single ako, noong artista ako, ako ‘yung inaalagaan. Laging nandiyan ang nanay ko. Siya ‘yung nagda-drive sa akin. Siya ‘yung nagpi-PA sa akin. Parang hindi ko na-experience na ako naman ang mag-aalaga sa ibang tao,” she said, while referring to her mother, beauty queen and former actress Lorraine Schuck.
(Of course, when I was single, when I was an actress then, I am the one being taken care of. My mom was always there. She’s the one driving for me. She was my production assistant. It’s like I haven’t experienced being the one taking care of other people.)
“Ngayon, dalawa silang inaalagaan ko. Kailangan ko pa talagang paghusayan ‘yon,” she said. (Now, there are two people I take care of. I need to really do well on that.)
Meanwhile, “The Broken Marriage Vow” marks Schuck’s comeback into acting after taking a hiatus.
“Bago pa ako ikasal ay na-inquire na ‘yan sa akin. Naisip ko, ‘oh, my gosh, after ko ikasal may work na agad ko.’ Napakaganda at napakalaking project pa so I am truly grateful to be given this opportunity sa ABS-CBN,” she said.
(Even before I got married, I was already asked about that. I thought, “Oh my gosh, I got work right away after the wedding.” And it’s a very beautiful and big project so I am truly grateful to be given this opportunity in ABS-CBN.)
Schuck plays Grace Jimenez, the secretary of Zanjoe Marudo’s character, David Ilustre. Viewers have a chance to see the series first on iWantTFC and Viu on Saturday (Jan. 22), 48 hours before its TV broadcast. It will then be airing on Jan. 24 at 8:40 p.m. on the Kapamilya Channel, TV5, A2Z, Jeepney TV, Kapamilya Online Live and TFC. JB