Sanya Lopez has always wowed with her whistlebait figure but she’d downplay compliments, saying it’s nothing.
Well, nothing has turned into something — a lucrative deal to be exact.
Picked as the latest calendar girl of a big beverage company, the actress is up there alright as far as being sexy goes. The honor glows brighter considering that her predecessor is no less than Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.
“I feel so special,” she admitted in an interview shortly after she was officially launched as brand ambassador “Now, I’m part of history because this calendar offer from them has been going on yearly and for decades now.”
How did she prepare for it, we asked.
For starters, she doubled the time spent on working out. Eating pork and beef went from negligible to nil. Even before this, Sanya was already into badminton, running, dancing, boxing, and Muay Thai.
Actually, Sanya had second thoughts in accepting the endorsement.
“Sobrang sexy kasi ang kailangan so napaisip ako ‘Kaya ko na ba, ready na ba ako dito.’ Kasi bihira lang po ako mag-suot ng ganu’n ka sobrang sexy, but thankful ako na kinaya ko naman. Basta mukhang magaganda ang shot, hindi mukhang bastusin, ’yun naman po ang importante,” she said.
“Gusto ko ang makita sa akin ng tao ay isang babae na matapang, hindi sexy lang. Babaeng palaban, ganado sa buhay, walang kinatatakutan, na kaya maging one of the boys,” she related, then added with a laugh, “’Yung parang may pagka-Amazona.”
What was the reaction of older brother, Jak Roberto, to her being calendar girl?
“Tiwala naman siya na aalagaan ako and ako rin hindi nag-alala kasi alam kong ’di ako pababayaan ng Ginebra San Miguel (that rolls out the calendar),” she said.
With the many blessings she’s been receiving, she has certainly gone a long way. Sanya is set to return to the big screen via “Isa Pang Bahaghari (One More Rainbow)” under the helm of Joel Lamangan. The film is headlined by the likes of Nora Aunor and Phillip Salvador.
In the interview, she couldn’t help but look back on her humble beginning.
The actress divulged that even as a kid, she had dreamed of becoming an actress.
“Pero dumating sa punto na hanggang pangarap lang,” she said. “Pero nu’ng binisita ko sa taping si Kuya, ’di ko akalain biglang darating si Kuya Germs (late German Moreno) na sabi niya sa akin ‘Gusto mong mag-artista?’ Parang natulala lang ako kay Kuya Germs kasi siya na mismo ’yung nagtanong. Siyempre kilala natin siya as talent manager, star maker, so talagang malaki ang utang na loob ko sa kanya.”
Asked who her inspirations are in life, Sanya mentioned her brother and mother.
“’Yung nag-inspire sa akin, of course, my brother na talagang from the very start alam mong andiyan (para sa akin) na sumusuporta. Grabe din ’yung mga pinagdaanan niya sa buhay,” she said. “Isa pa ’yung mommy ko na halos lahat ng trabaho sinubukan niya.”
How did she overcome the struggles she encountered in life?
“Before ako mag-start ng ‘Encantadia (first lead role),’ nag-audition ako ng limang beses du’n,” she revealed. “Hindi rin madali ang lahat. Medyo nagduda din sa akin, siyempre bago ka, ano naman ’yung kayo mong gawin? Pero dahil du’n, isa ’yun sa mga nag-inspire sa akin kung bakit nandito ako ngayon at ’di ako sumusuko.”
Sanya certainly believes patience is a virtue.
“Kapag masyado mong minamadali ang lahat, hindi mo rin nagagawa ng maayos ’yung mga bagay. Kailangan mong mag-intay para mas masarap ’yung makuha mo, mas maganda ’yung makuha mo, mas maging successful ka. Kumbaga mas masarap ’yung isang bagay na nakukuha mo ng pinaghirapan mo.”