Catriona Gray reveals type of role for acting debut

Published June 1, 2021, 3:49 PM

by Robert Requintina

Catriona Gray

Former Miss Universe Catriona Gray hasn’t done a movie. But given the chance, she would love to star in an action flick.

“It’s hard to say, but I am definitely open to opportunities. But I would love to be given an opportunity to be in an action movie because I have a black belt in karate from when I was younger,”said Gray during a Zoom press conference for the launch of her latest single “Raise Your Flag” on June 1.

Catriona added: “And I would love the opportunity to have a fight scene or something. So I guess that would be something I would be super open to in regard to working with different people. Honestly, I would not be picky whatsoever because it would be a learning experience either way. That is what I need as a newcomer into that type of field.”

On the idea that she would be paired with her real-life boyfriend Sam Milby on screen, the Australian-Filipino beauty queen said: “I would be open to it, but I guess I really enjoy keeping our relationship private.”

Catriona has just released her own version of the rousing hymn “Raise Your Flag” which magnifies the song’s uplifting message beyond the world of pageantry. 

“It’s not just about a Filipina who raised our flag on the Universe stage. It’s about all of our journeys, believing in ourselves, and standing up for what is right,” said Catriona, who is now on vacation with her parents in Australia.  

Originally scheduled for 2020, Catriona believes now is the perfect time to release “R.Y.F,” since its theme is more significant than ever amidst today’s trials. “That message is so relevant today and, now more than ever, I believe we need the courage to raise our voice for the collective benefit of others.” 

Catriona also stepped in to give her own twist to the lyrics of “R.Y.F,” and described its music video as “a reflection of what the song is about for me.” 

Inspired by the beauty queen’s memorable statements from her Miss Universe journey, “Raise Your Flag” is a 2019 single written by Trisha Denise and ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo.

The track, meant to encourage those who are feeling lost or disheartened, was originally recorded by KZ Tandingan with a rap verse written and performed by Kritiko.