(NOTE: This exclusive interview with award-winning actress Cherie Gil happened at the launch of GMA Network’s ‘Barangay 143’ in July 2018)
Award-winning actress Cherie Gil is one proud mama who raised her children well despite the distance — she is based in Manila while her children study abroad.
But Cherie has found a way to make sure that she visits them regularly. She works hard in show business by accepting television series so that she could buy travel tickets.
“In my case, it’s quite unconventional I live here and my kids are all in New York. The effective way is to keep visiting them and communicating,” says Cherie in an exclusive interview. “Every time I do a soap, I go and buy a ticket and I spend it there.”
At the grand launch of Barangay 143, the first Philippine anime series, held at Elements, Centris in Quezon City recently, Cherie says that she always finds time to be with her children.
“My two youngest kids are in school at NYU. College already. And my eldest is working. I was with them recently, I spent my 55th (birthday) with them,” the popular actress says.
Cherie is the daughter of veteran actress Rosemarie Gil and Eddie Mesa. When asked about the best advice her mom even gave her, she says: “I think the most effective advice my mom ever told me both for career and parenting as well and for being a human being is to be most of all honest. As honest one can be to yourself and to others.”
Like her, she says her mom cannot stand liars. “She cannot stand liars, and I eventually cannot stand liars, double-faced people.”
Cherie blasted into the music scene in the early 1980s via the hit OPM love song “Boy (I Love You) which until these days can still be heard on the airwaves.
“I love singing. I started as a singer. That time 45 pa ‘yung record eh. But my destiny is sa pag-aarte. Luckily I can do both singing and acting. So na-apply ko naman ‘yung pagkanta ko sa pag-arte. Two in one,” she adds.
But Cherie, who is memorable to her fans in kontrabida and villain roles, believes acting is her destiny. “I will continue to do this for as long as I can because I love acting, and also I love to do theater.”
Who would forget Cherie who uttered the iconic line “You’re nothing, but a second-rate trying hard copycat!” to Sharon Cuneta in the blockbuster movie “Bituing Walang Ningning” in 1985?
Cherie, who plays Sophia in “Barangay 143” anime series, thanked the public for making that iconic line still alive and popular these days among movie fans.
“I don’t know. I guess life itself just made it so. I thank the public, I thank the queens, my gay friends who made it a trend, the iconic line something we didn’t expect,” says Cherie, who will soon be seen in the new Kapuso teleserye “Onanay” opposite Nora Aunor.
Produced by Synergy88 Entertainment Media Inc., “Barangay 143” will be aired on GMA 7 in October. Other stars who lent their voices for the local anime are Sylvia Sanchez, Alice Dixon, John Arcilla, Paolo Contis, Edu Manzano, and millennial heartthrobs Julie Anne San Jose, Kelley Day, Migo Adacer, and Ruru Madrid.
The upcoming TV series was announced by Jyotirmoy Saha, CEO of August Media Holdings; Jackeline Chua, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Synergy88 Entertainment Media Inc. and Takahiro Kishimoto, Head of Animation, International Business Department of TV Asahi.