New year, new challenges

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    The daughter of showbiz greats – Nora Aunor and Boyet de Leon – it seemed natural for Lotlot de Leon to follow in her parents’ footsteps.

    She was a household in her youth. She started as a child star before standing out in her Ninong German Moreno’s “That’s Entertainment” on television. In 1988, she had her own show, “Lotlot and Friends.” In 1989, she got married to Ramon Christopher, the son of Eddie Gutierrez and Pilita Corrales. The union – which was dissolved in 2010 – would produce four children.

    Lotlot took a break from showbiz to care for family. She tried her hand at business – selling food, clothes, even jewelry. But showbiz always beckoned and she would at all times heed its call, even picking up a special acting citation in 2016 from the All Lights India International Film Festival for her performance in “1st Sem.”

    She starts the year by inking a three-year management contract with Leo V. Dominguez’s LVD Management.

    “I think lahat po yata ginawa ko na,” she said, “I’ve always tried to deviate where I am supposed to be at – nagtayo na ako restaurant, nagbenta na ako ng damit, ng alahas, kulang na lang life insurance.

    “Pero artista pa rin ako,” she continued, “At the end of the day, this is still my job. I think it’s time for me talaga, it’s not naman that I did not embrace it truly, but to accept that this is really my job. Artista.

    “Mahirap po gawin [ang umarte] but the satisfaction you get is different,” she also said.

    Her decision to sign up with LVD Management not only signifies her embracing of her craft but also her willingness to be challenged. In fact, she is especially proud of “The Beauty Queens,” because she plays a lesbian for the first time. In the digital series directed by Joel Lamangan, she is Precy, the secret lover of Gloria Diaz, the country’s first Miss Universe.

    “’Pag binasa mo ‘yung script, makaka relate ka sa kanya. It’s just tomboy sya pero yung pagmamahal at affection is the same as any human being. Hindi mahirap kunin ang character ni Precy kasi maiintindihan siya,” she related.

    Another first for her is auditioning for a part. She tried her luck – and passed the auditions – for a role in “Almost Paradise,” an international production of Electric Entertainment of Dean Devlin that is line produced by ABS-CBN. “Almost Paradise” is topbilled by American actor Christian Kane.

    “Very minor lang role but the whole experience was really good. I was in Cebu for five days. Nasa episode 6 ako,” she said.

    “I play the friend of the leading lady’s character. It was my first time to audition for anything so talagang ninerbyos ako. Siyempre hindi ko talaga alam ang proseso tsaka drop script pa ‘yun so kailangan memorized ang lines at syempre nung pumasok ako, may mga kilala akong artista andun din.”

    Aside from “Almost Paradise” and “The Beauty Queens,” she is also part of Erik Matti’s thrilling “On the Job 2.” With such varied projects on her plate, Lotlot is looking like a winner.

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