For most of us, daily schedules are limited to waking up, showing up for work (physically or virtually), and daily chores. Other people, however, go beyond the sleep-work-eat-repeat mode and have a little more weight on their backs. Do you ever wonder how celebrities are able to go to their location shoots, pictorials, guesting, endorsements, and interviews, while maintaining a positive work-life balance and taking care of themselves and their families? GMA actress, model, endorser, and young mom Max Collins shares about adapting to the pandemic, time management, her parenting style, and self-care secrets.
Staying on top of the game
The pandemic has greatly impacted the entertainment industry but this To Have and To Hold and Citizen Jake star remained resilient. When she was pregnant, giving birth at the hospital was risky at that time, so she decided to have a home birth instead. Finally in July 2020, she gave birth to Baby Skye.
After giving birth, Max found it difficult to decide whether to go back to work given the restrictions and the whole entertainment industry that changed its system drastically. “I have to be away from my baby for months at a time. Eventually I adapted, but it wasn’t easy. I tried to find more ways to work from home and have a stronger online presence. Nothing is more fulfilling than seeing my son grow before my eyes as a happy, healthy, and loving boy,” she said.
Self-care to the Max
“I used my strength as a mom to fuel me to be a better version of myself. I was able to lose the weight and feel good about my appearance thanks to the help of Le Meur Aesthetics which I endorse and my fitness trainers Coach Inigo Hizon and Citadel Bernardo,” the Kapuso actress said.
“I choose products and brands that reflect my own lifestyle and personal style. One of the reasons why I chose to be an endorser for Le Meur is because of its founder, Mae Ng, who is a lady boss at the young age of 27. I love working with empowered women who love to empower others. I also love how Le Meur is so dedicated to giving Filipinas the best in French skincare technology and beauty treatments,” she stated.
Le Meur Aesthetics, one of the most trusted brands in the country when it comes to the latest in French technology, has brought global beauty innovations to help Filipinos achieve healthier and more beautiful skin and body. Thus, considering how exhausting Max’s hysterical daily schedule is, she still manages to don stylish outfits and smile for the camera, despite the daily pressure, thanks to Le Meur.
Max is beyond grateful that there are skincare treatments that help her still look youthful. And to what extent does she go when it comes to skin care? “I’ve had so non-invasive treatments done and I’m so happy with the results. I’ve gotten botox a few times on my face, Youth 360—which is my favorite—Exilis, and Meso Lipo which has helped my arms appear smaller. I’ve also been addicted to their newest treatment for summer, the Em Sculpt Neo that helps tone my tummy, arms and butt,” she shared.
Despite the frenzied schedule, Max’s priorities are still self-care and self-love. After all, self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be physically and mentally healthy. For instance, yoga has really helped her focus on her real center, and she also acknowledges how working out, in general, has greatly improved her mental and emotional health.
Waking up early and having healthy habits have helped her manage her time more efficiently. “I’m still learning how to handle my stress and pressure, but what I’ve found to be helpful is when I find me-time early in the morning. I like waking up at 5am while my son is still asleep, do yoga or jog, make sure I take deep breaths, take a cold shower, and find a nice outfit to wear—whether or not I’m just staying home—I find that starting the day right puts me in a good headspace,” she said.
“I prioritize taking care of my wellbeing because it reflects in everything that I do. When I’m in a good mood, I feel more grateful and I’m an overall better person. I try to de-stress by either working out, having a good cup of coffee, or pampering myself with a massage or a visit to my Le Meur. I try my best to take care of my physical appearance because it’s an important part of my job; as an actress I need to look good,” Max added.
The Kapuso actress
For Max, the most fulfilling part about being an actress is to be able to give justice to her roles, when she is able to affect the audience and make them sympathize with a character, even those that one would normally dislike because she finds great satisfaction in humanizing flawed characters.
“What I love about my profession is that my next role is always a surprise—a different character, a different story, set, cast and crew. It never gets boring,” she smiled. And for her ultimate dream character to portray? “It would be similar to one of the characters in Euphoria—a bit dark, complex and problematic. I don’t really have a particular dream role, but I do have dream projects which is to do a project in LA one day, and also get the chance to work with Director Connie Macatuno,” Max said.
Achieving balance in all aspects of daily life, managing time wisely, prioritizing what’s important, having enough time for family, while leaving quality me-time is crucial for everyone’s mental health as it reduces stress levels, improves physical health, makes you more productive, and enhances the bond you share with people you love. Max believes that in order to do well in all aspects of her life—whether it is about being an actress, model, or mom—she first must be happy on and off-cam. (Manila Bulletin Entertainment)