It isn't unusual for stars to encounter crossroads in their lives; Actors that broke out of their shells to play the role of their lives, personalities who kissed and told, big names that shed their apprehensions in order to regain their "rightful" place in the public consciousness..
It seems that Kristine Hermosa is at a similar place.
Having enjoyed the benefits and endured the many hardships of stardom, she practically grew up in front of our eyes. Her natural talent and beauty and easy chemistry with her partners made fame almost inevitable. Hermosa has been through a lot- popularity that soars or wanes, controversies or clamor, roles that are easy or demanding- so much so that people tend to even forget that at 25 years old, she ism by most standards, still quite young.
Very Public pairings
"Gayuma" (co-star Jericho Rosales) turned out to be so successful that ABS-CBN executives greenlit a Hermosa-Rosales reunion teleserye. "I was hoping that it will happen because it's been a long time coming. I'm hoping that a lot of people will still support us," she says.
Hermosa, throughout her career, has never had problems with being transparent. "if there's something going on, I will say it myself," she states simply. Some have pointed to her as being aloof and distant, an accusation that people who closely and regularly work with her say is dead wrong.
"She's misunderstood. A lot of people think that she's cold, but she's just shy and very private," says Rikka Dylim.
Despite going against the "tito-tita, beso-beso" air prevalent in the industry, her transparency is credited as refreshing and appealing by others. "She's upfront," says Starstudio's Arnel Ramos.
Still, Ramos and many others (If you what proof, to borrow a phrase from Tina Fey, "there is something called the internet...") continue to deem Hermosa as something akin to an icon along the lines of, say, an Audrey Hepburn?
"She's like the perfect movie star for me. You won't ever catch her looking ugly.Even if she isn't made up, she stil looks beautiful," he says.
An education that pays off
Turning points almost always coincide with moments of great knowledge gleamed. In the case of Hermosa, she has taken it almost to a literal level. She is currently enrolled at the University of the Philippines' Open University, where she is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree.
The Road Ahead
"I've been independent for quite some time. I do everything without a helper. I'm hands-on with my life," Hermosa admits.
And this brings us back to the point: the ability to make choices, and being either consoled or terribly frightened over that fact. Almost everyone reaches some sort of crossroads in their lives, which are all the more magnified for public figures such as Hermosa.
Other personalities are so befuddled by what decision to make, so scared about the possible negative scenarios that they experience a form of extended brain freeze.
But as for Hermosa, she said so herself: she's hands-on. She beefing up her knowledge. She's continuing to build on what she has. She's learning from past mistakes. She's making a decision.
And whatever path she takes, whatever we may think of her, it's clear. She moves forward either way.