DIANA Zubiri plays the mom of Janine Gutierrez in “Dragon Lady”. Didn’t she have second thoughts accepting the role, considering the fact that she’s not really that much older than Janine?
“No, I didn’t hesitate to accept the offer of GMA kasi maganda naman 'yung role ko as Almira Sanchez,” she says. “When the story opens, hindi pa ako ang gumaganap but si Bea Binene as the young Almira, na nagkaanak ng isang batang isinumpa, si Celestina or Ina, na may features of a dragon, kaya nga ‘Dragon Lady’ ang title ng show. And when Ina grows up, ako na ang gumaganap na mother niya, who’s very protective kasi mahal na mahal ko ang anak ko at handa akong protektahan siya sa lahat ng mga nang-aapi sa kanya dahil sa kanyang kakaibang kaanyuan. So walang problema sa’kin to play a mother role kasi in real life, mother na rin naman talaga ako to two children who I love so much.”
Her eldest child is a boy named King, now 9 years old, from her first husband who passed away. Her second is a baby girl named Aliyah Rose, with her second husband, Andrew Smith. Aside from “Dragon Lady”, Diana is in another project, “Mystified”, to be shown live streaming on iFlix this month. It serves as a reunion for her original “Encantadia” co-stars: Iza Calzado, Sunshine Dizon and Karylle Yuzon. Is it true that they themselves produced it?
“No, we’re ready to do so, but iFlix said they’ll produce it so sila ang producer,” she replies. “They’ve seen ‘Encantadia’ and they liked it, so gusto nila, malapit doon 'yung material. Lahat ng kasama namin sa ‘Mystified’, sila ring mga kasama namin before sa ‘Encantadia’, along with our original director, Mark Reyes.”
So how is it working with Iza, Sunshine and Karylle once again? “Okay na okay. Although we haven’t worked together for so long, we have maintained our communication with each other through the years so ganoon pa rin ka-warm ang samahan namin. Ang difference lang, lahat kami ngayon, may mga asawa na so mas mature na ang outlook namin in life at pati ang mga bagay na pinagkukuwentuhan namin.”