KATE Valdez was last seen playing the contravida, Natalie, in “Onanay”. While waiting for her next TV assignment, she now gets to do her very first movie, “Black Lipstick”, which opens in theaters on Wednesday, October 9. In the story, she also plays a villain role to Kyline Alcantara, but no matter how busy she is with showbiz work, she has not neglected her college studies and still attends her classes in Miriam College.
At the “Black Lipstick” presscon, she was asked about the rumors circulating about her, that she has an attitude problem and some stars are now allegedly avoiding to work with her.
“I really don’t know kunsaan nanggagaling ang mga tsismis na 'yan,” she says. “May ilang fans na nagsabing akala nila, suplada kasi ako lagi akong nagtataray noon sa ‘Onanay’, but I assured them I was just playing a contravida role at hindi ako ganoon sa totoong buhay.”
One story says she is quite demanding on the set. “Narinig ko ngang sabi, feeling mayaman daw ako, but it’s not true. I don't even have a car. We’re just renting, so bakit naman ako magyayaman-yamanan?”
It’s also reported that she was taken out of Studio 7 because of her attitude problem.
“Wala na po ako roon kasi my contract has ended. I can feel naman na love ako ng Studio 7 family ko, so I really don’t know where such stories are coming from. To be honest, I feel sad kasi it affects my friendship sa mga kasama ko roon. Wala naman akong nakakaaway na sinuman sa Studio 7. But I have faith in the Lord at ang mahalaga, I can feel that He loves me. I lessened my load sa showbiz kasi nga nag-focused muna ako sa studies ko.”
She’s happy to support Kyline Alcantara in “Black Lipstick” which tackles bullying, especially in school. She plays one of the mean girls who bullied Kyline as she has a skin ailment called vitiligo. Has she herself experienced bullying?
“Ay, opo. Ayan nga, right now, I’m being bullied ng mga taong nagkakalat ng tsismis about me. But it’s all up to you how you’d handle it. The important thing is be strong at alam mo talaga kung sino ka. Dapat, hindi mawawala ang faith mo kay God, kasi He’s the one who knows the truth at nakakaalam ng lahat. I’m happy to be part of this movie na may magandang mensahe about bullying para sa mga kabataan. Si Kyline, dahil sa pang-aapi sa kanya, nabigyan ng chance na gumanda at ipakita sa mga tao na mas maganda ka kung maganda rin ang iyong kalooban at hindi lang ang iyong panlabas na kaanyuan.”