SHAIRA Diaz is one of the discoveries of TV5’s Artista Academy in 2012 when she was known as Shaira Mae de la Cruz. When TV5’s entertainment arm folded up, she moved to TAPE and was cast in the youth-oriented morning show, “Trops”, on GMA-7. She also guested in other TAPE shows like “Eat Bulaga” and “Sunday Pinasaya”. But now, she’s officially a Kapuso actress assigned in her first primetime show, “Pamilya Roces”, that airs after “Onanay”.
“I’m so happy to be a Kapuso,” she says. “Nakakatuwa kasi kapipirma ko lang ng 5-year contract sa GMA Artist Center, co-managed with Arnold Vegafria, heto’t nabigyan ako agad ng regular show after mag-guest muna ako sa ‘Contessa’.”
She confesses she got depressed when TV5 stopped producing their own entertainment shows. “I got so worried kasi naging breadwinner ako ng family namin after my parents broke up. Ikalawa ako sa tatlong magkakapatid at ang youngest namin is 15 years old pa lang. 'Yung eldest namin, naghihintay pa ng assignment abroad as a seaman. Ang mom ko naman, sa bahay lang, so ako talaga ang inaasahan nila. At nang kunin ako ng GMA, doon ko nga na-realize na hindi tayo dapat basta mawalan ng pag-asa as long as lagi kang nagdarasal at hindi bumibitiw sa pagkakakapit kay Lord.”
What’s her role in “Pamilya Roces”? “I’m Amethyst, anak ni Sir Roi Vinzon and Tita Ana Roces. 'Yung dad ko, may mga anak rin kina Tita Gloria Diaz at Tita Beth Oropesa. Sa mom ko naman, may half sister ako, si Jasmine Curtis Smith na anak niya sa first marriage niya. Ako 'yung pinakabata sa lahat ng magkakapatid at tagaawat sa kanila kapag nag-aaway sila. Favorite ako ng daddy namin, kaya si Gabbi Garcia, naiiinggit sa akin.”
How about her lovelife? She was in a relationship for the longest time with Edgar Allan Guzman, but they eventually broke up.
“As of now, zero. Wala akong karelasyon. Okay lang naman kasi busy rin ako sa college studies ko. I’m taking up marketing and management sa University of Perpetual Help in Las Piñas.”
How is she and Edgar? “We’re okay. Friends naman kami. Choice naman namin parehong i-prioritize ang career namin, so maayos naman kami.”
Edgar is now also with GMA-7. Would she be willing to work with him again? “Okay lang naman. It depends sa GMA management. Trabaho lang naman 'yun and we’re both professionals.”