Reel talent

SHE MAY be relatively new to the business, but Rhian Ramos has come to accept that intrigues are part and parcel of showbiz.

By Aprylle Liabres (Contributor)

Published: Sat 26 Jul 2008, 1:32 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:13 PM

In fact, Rhian has had to live with them from day one. From the time she entered show business, intrigues were already being spread about her, saying that the only reason she was was taken in at GMA is because she is the niece of GMA Artist Centre head Ida Ramos-Henares. Rhian’s mom is Ida’s younger sister.

“That’s just it. That’s what puzzles me about all these intrigues,” says Rhian. “Because I never took advantage of my aunt’s being with GMA. Even if we had the means before, I never entered showbiz because it wasn’t my thing.”

She clarifies that it was not her aunt who discovered her for showbiz. It was a rather persistent talent scout. Rhian was walking around in a mall when the talent scout saw her, came up to her, and handed her a business card. But she didn’t call the number because she didn’t think anything would come of it.

A month later, she bumped into the same talent scout again. The offer was made, but again, Rhian didn’t do anything about it. On the third time, the talent scout saw Rhian having dinner with her father in the same mall. “He finally gave my dad the card,” she laughs.

Her dad rang up the talent agent, and it all started from there. Rhian began modelling, and now, she is part of the GMA Artist Centre, where she is one of the busiest talents. Right now, she co-hosts Pinoy Idol Extra, and is also part of Codename: Asero with Richard Gutierrez and Heart Evangelista. But what people are really waiting for is Rhian’s big break in La Lola, a local adaptation of an Argentinian telenovela about a man who is such a womaniser that fate decides to teach him a lesson by turning him into a woman. “We’ll start to tape in September, and maybe air by October, which is my birthday,”

reveals Rhian. “I really love the timing of it.”

Rhian will be turning 18 on her birthday. She discloses that there will be a party, even if she didn’t want one in the beginning.

“At first, I didn’t really want to celebrate because I want to be a kid forever,”

she says with a laugh. “In fact, I haven’t celebrated my birthday in three years.

But I realised that I do owe everybody a thank-you for helping turn me into the girl that I am now. There are so many people to thank, in showbiz and out of it. So right now, I can say that there will be a party, even if I don’t know the size of it yet.”

After a little more than two years in showbiz, Rhian says she is adjusting, although slowly. There are still times when she falls victim to attacks of nervousness, like in the recent Golden Screen Awards where she froze onstage while co-hosting with JC de Vera.

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