Boyish, cheerful, shy, and caring. These are some words Faye Lorenzo would describe herself back when she was little.
More than those, the Kapuso star recalls how she had big dreams to help her family.
But, how, she asked herself back then. Glimpses of iconic scenes from film and television gave her an idea.
“I still remember when I was a kid, kapag nanood ako ng movie or teleserye, sabi ko mag-aartista ako to help my family. Then, nag-acting ako sa salamin, hanggang sa tumulo ‘yong luha ko. Usually, kontrabida ang mga ginagaya ko,”
A dream come true
As she grew older, Faye began taking steps to turn that dream into a reality.
She pursued modeling before an audition for one of the countries’ biggest television networks came knocking.
“Hindi ko makakalimutan ‘yung nag-audition ako sa [GMA] Artist Center. Super kinabahan ako, kasi ‘yong bosses ng GMA, sila ‘yong nasa harapan mo. Sobrang pawis na pawis ako noong panahong iyon,”
Being in front of the Kapuso executives was nerve-wracking for Faye, but words from her late grandmother put her at ease.
“Inisip ko na lang yung sinabi ng lola ko before siya mamatay. Ayun [ang] nagpalakas ng loob ko and sinabi ko sa sarili ko na ‘Ito na ‘yong chance Faye. Mahihiya ka pa ba? Hindi lahat nabibigyan ng ganitong pagkakataon.’ Kaya binigay ko lahat ng best ko sa audition.”
After waiting for a while, Faye got a call from her manager, telling her that she passed her audition.
She could not believe how she was finally a Kapuso star, feeling ready to enter into a brand new world.
“Unti-unting nag-sink in. Pakiramdam ko panaginip lang [noong una]. Hindi ko maipaliwanag ‘yong nararamdaman ko that time. Ang saya [ko], excited, at kinakabahan kasi bagong mundo na ‘yung papasukin ko.”
Making laughs at her first try
Entering the unfamiliar realm of show business, Faye had one goal in mind: to be a good actress.
“Gusto kong matuto kung paano ‘yong tamang emosyon sa pag-arte. Feeling ko kasi ito ‘yong craft ko na dapat kong husayan lagi everytime na may ibibigay sa akin na work,”
Now part of the Kapuso network, she got her first project in the form of the longest-running gag show in the Philippines: Bubble Gang.
Faye told Village Pipol how the show is an answered prayer, as this is a gateway for her to pursue her other passion of making people laugh.
“Ang saya, very grateful kasi dream ko talaga na makapasok sa Bubble Gang. Pinagdasal ko talaga na ma-regular ako sa Bubble Gang dahil passion ko rin ang pagpapatawa. Every taping namin, super excited ako,”
Just like her audition, Faye felt nervous during her first day on set.
However, she credits her co-stars like Michael V., Antonio Aquitania, and Paolo Contis, among others, for making her feel welcome.
“Nakakatuwa sina kuya Bitoy, kuya Paolo, at iba pang co-actors ko sa Bubble Gang. Hindi ko naramdaman na new artist ako. Sobrang down to earth nila. Ang laki ng tulong nila kasi mahirap talagang magpatawa,”
Moreover, her cast members helped her in the art of comedy, especially when it comes to delivering punch lines.
“Ang gaan nila katrabaho, parang naglalaro lang kami sa set kasi sobrang saya nila lahat kasama. Hindi mo ramdam na nagtratrabaho ka,”
A will to learn
Furthermore, Faye ventured into a more serious type of acting when she starred in Madrasta last February 2019.
At first, she struggled as more projects came in after Bubble Gang. However, she chose to see it as a blessing.
“Nahirapan ako kasi sunod-sunod ‘yong work ko. After Bubble Gang, kinabukasan, Madrasta taping naman. Although, I feel blessed [kahit] sobrang busy ako that time.”
Although when asked if there were times she wanted to quit, Faye said no, seeing her projects as challenges where she can further improve herself.
“To be honest, mas na-challenge ako ngayon sa ibinibigay sa aking projects. So, mananatili ako sa showbiz kasi mas marami akong natutunan sa co-actors ko.”
Never give up on your dreams
When it comes to some of her best showbiz moments, on the other hand, Faye cites working with the people she used to watch as a kid.
“I feel blessed. Before kasi ‘yong mga artists na you look up to ay hindi mo pala alam, makakaeksena mo [na] sa trabaho. Noong bata ako pinapanood ko lang sila.”
For people who want to pursue show business, Faye advises,
“‘Wag silang susuko sa dreams nila kasi ibibigay ni Lord ‘yan in the right time and place. Medyo delayed sometimes, but feeling ko inihahanda ka lang Niya. Maniwala ka lang sa Kanya kasi napakaganda ng plano Niya para sa’yo,”
And what’s next for Faye? Two films are in the works and she cannot wait to showcase them to her loving fans.
“Mayroon akong movie na ginawa na soon ipapalabas na. Mayroon ding movie na dapat mag-shooshoot na kami [now] kaya lang nag-ECQ. Naurong ang shooting namin. Of course, mapapanood n’yo pa rin ako sa iba’t ibang palabas sa GMA. Just follow me on my social media accounts para updated kayo.”
We are so excited for what’s to come for you, Faye! Good luck with your future projects!
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Words by Kobe Adam Joshua Laurena
Kobe Adam Joshua Laurena is a writer who loves to tell stories from the perspectives of different people and everyday life. Apart from the pen, he loves to pick up the lipstick to transform into his frustrated drag persona: Anita Good Lovin’. He aspires to combine his love for writing and drag by creating a novel, short story, or screenplay about local drag queens in the future. He also has an obsession with sitcoms, women’s pro-wrestling, and Funko Pops.