Katrina said that she used her “maldita” persona as a way to hide her shyness
Kapuso actress and “StarStruck 1” finalist Katrina Halili revealed that becoming an actress wasn’t her childhood dream.
She shared this during her guest appearance on one of the episodes of “Suprise Guest” podcast With GMA-7 news reporter Pia Arcangel.
“Never, hindi ko siya dream. Hindi dahil hindi ko siya type, kung hindi feeling ko hindi ko talaga siya kaya. Kasi mahiyain ako, pero ako lang nakakaalam,” she confessed.
Being an introvert, Katrina would only show her interest in acting inside her room, running through movie lines by herself, with Claudine Barretto as her favorite.
Even then, seeing herself on the screen was beyond her wildest dreams due to her shy disposition.
As she mentioned in previous interviews, Katrina was discovered while casually dining in a restaurant and invited her to audition for “StarStruck.”
“Hindi po ako nag-audition. Nakuha ako sa roving, ‘yung kumakain lang sa restaurant, ‘tapos sabi, pasok na ako sa Top 100 ng ‘Starstruck.'”
Is Katrina really maldita?
Katrina also acknowledged how she came off as maldita during her time in “StarStruck.”
However, she reveals to Pia that it was actually a defense mechanism for her shyness so that she wouldn’t participate in other activities.
One such instance was her encounter with dance instructor Douglas Nierras where she was sent out of the dance rehearsals.
She recalls, “Ang tingin sa akin sa ‘StarStruck,’ maldita, pero hindi ko lang talaga ginagawa ‘yung task kasi nahihiya ako.
“Actually, wala ngang alam ‘yung family ko na nasa ‘StarStruck’ ako, nakita na lang nila ako sa TV. Ayoko kasi may makakita sa akin, nahihiya ako.”
Katrina’s family being oblivious to her beginnings in “StarStruck” was depicted when her life story was featured in a 2005 episode of “Magpakailanman.”
But despite her image at the time, Katrina has found lifelong friendships in the show, with co-finalists Cristine Reyes and Mark Herras to name two.
Katrina said, “Ang pinaka naging close ko, unang-una, si Cristine Reyes, ‘tapos Mark Herras, silang dalawa. Kasi mga bad boy and bad girl. Mga hindi rin nagpa-participate!
“Napasama ako sa kanila kaya naging mukhang bad girl rin ako,” she quips.
Her bad girl image bore fruit and allowed her to make a mark in the industry after getting antagonist, iconic roles in the shows like “Darna,” “Majika,” and “MariMar.”
Eventually, Katrina was able to reinvent herself playing more kind characters in the shows “Prima Donnas” and “Unica Hija.”
Katrina currently plays a gray character in the primetime series “Black Rider.”