MYLENE Dizon is back with GMA-7 in “Sahaya” after doing “The Good Son” with ABS-CBN almost a year ago. “I’m a freelancer so puwede ako kahit saang network na kumukuha sa’kin,” she says. “I just go where the work is. Here, I play the mom of title-roler Bianca Umali and I like the project as it enlightens viewers about the culture of our indigenous countrymen, the Badjaos.”
Even before the interview with Mylene started, she already requested not to ask her questions about her tiff with John Estrada while they were doing “Good Son”. But John is now also with GMA. Is it okay for her to work with him in a future project? “I don’t think so,” she says. “Next topic na lang, please.”
John was asked the same question at the presscon of “Kara Mia” and he feels the same way. “Huwag na lang siguro,” he says.
Mylene is busy raising her two sons. “Yung panganay ko is now a teenager. So gusto ko naman to devote more time sa kanila kasi ang bilis nilang magsilaki.”
Aside from “Sahaya”, Mylene is in two other good projects. She’s in the Cinemalaya entry, “Belle Douloeur”, which means “beautiful pain”, and in the digital project of Dreamscape, “Don’t Call Me Tita”. In “Belle Douloeur”, she plays a spinster who falls in love for the first time with a much younger man, played by Kit Thompson and they have sizzling love scenes together. This is the directorial debut of Atty. Joji Alonso of Quantum Films who produced award winning films like “Kubrador”, “English Only, Please”, “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” and “Walang Forever”.
In “Don’t Call Me Tita”, Mylene shares topbilling with Agot Isidro, Cherry Pie Picache, Joanna Ampil and Angelica Panganiban, directed by Andoy Ranay. Off-cam, Mylene is in a relationship with former cager Jason Webb who is now assistant coach and team consultant of the Magnolia basketball team.
“Ang dami kong nakarelasyon in the past pero six years na kami at siya ang longest na nakarelasyon ko,” she adds. “I guess the lesson here is try and try again. Hindi naman ako big star, so I have nothing to hide. Life is easier for me.”
Before this, she was on with actor Paolo Paraiso (the dad of her two sons) and band vocalist Ira Cruz. “I’m 42 na and I guess I’m more mature now. I feel more secure with Jason as we really got to know each other. We’re both into health and fitness. We even work out together. Big factor din na he gets along fine with my sons who also get along well with his kids from his former wife. Last year, we even went to Boracay, all of us, and it was a lot of fun.”
Do they intend to eventually walk down the aisle? “No, okay na kami ng ganito. We’re doing fine as we are now.”
For “Sahaya”, she trained to do the traditional dance of the Badjaos. “It’s not easy. The dance is a tradition passed from one generation to another and it’s dying. It’s part of their own indigenous culture and they have a very rich culture that I hope we can explore further as the taping of our show goes on. May consultants kami on the set to make sure we’re doing everything right for the Badjaos.”
“Sahaya” starts showing this Monday on GMA Telebabad, replacing “Onanay”.