Not everyone knows that Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach first dreamed of being an actress rather than a beauty queen.
She was only four years old when she was launched as one of the talents in ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Batch 11, appearing with the screen name Pia Romero in such TV shows like “K2BU”, “Your Song”, “Bora” and “Sa Piling Mo.” She also had a taste of doing movies in the Sharon Cuneta-Aga Muhlach starrer “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana” (2003), Kristine Hermosa and Muhlach’s “All My Life” (2004), and the star-studded “All About Love” (2006).
Though her list of showbiz projects may seem long at first glance, Wurtzbach only played bit roles in these titles, which were unable to tap her full potential. Quite possibly the reason for her career-change, the half-German Filipina eventually focused her efforts in joining beauty pageants, and—this one everyone knows—on her third attempt finally bagged the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe crown in 2015. Of course, this led to her grandest achievement yet when she won the pinnacle of all beauty contests via Miss Universe.
Regarded as Queen Pia these days, Wurtzbach recalls her last acting stint in 2012 in a guest role for the fantasy-drama “Aryana.” These days, one of the most beautiful women in the world has been looking back at her one-time showbiz career in interviews for the very fact that she is just about to resume it.
Come the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Wurtzbach will grace the big screen once more, and finally in a lead role. She shares topbilling with Vice Ganda and Daniel Padilla in the comedy “The Revengers.”
While showbiz observers knew this time would come, there are still those who wonder what convinced her to return to the biz after so long.
Explaining she was only waiting for the right project and the right time after completing her reign as Miss Universe, Wurtzbach confirmed, “I really wanted to go back to acting. Even when I was Miss Universe, I knew that acting would be something I’d get back to since I’d been doing it since I was kid and I’m quite comfortable in showbiz.”
Despite her comeback being a comedy, the beauty queen revealed she is currently taking refreshers courses on acting to get back on the saddle.
Speaking at the sidelines of her launch as Century Tuna’s latest endorser, Wurtzbach related, “I need some time to practice my acting skills again so I’ve been taking workshops. I want to be prepared for the movie so I asked for this time from ABS-CBN. The Revengers is a superhero flick, and so far, I’ve fitted my harness, but that’s about it so far.”
The rest of the cast has already started shooting as far as she knows but her first day on the set has yet to come.
“So far I still don’t have a lot of updates for you, and I can’t reveal much because I want most of it to be a surprise. After all, this movie has a lot of firsts—my first role as a superhero, first lead role, and my first MMFF movie,” she added.
Clearly excited about her showbiz come back, Wurtzbach, nevertheless, makes sure she does not neglect her advocacy in HIV and AIDS awareness. She shared how back in May, she was appointed as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific. This is the joint United Nations program on HIV and AIDS. In this capacity, Wurtzbach is tasked to raise HIV awareness among young people and promote zero discrimination towards those living with HIV in key populations.
She also has projects lineup up abroad given her management contract with New York-based talent management company IMG.
“I’ve been working on some projects on the down low. We’re still fixing them so I can’t reveal anything yet,” Wurtzbach ended.