Slowly but surely

She was one of the most controversial housemates in Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition. Torn between two male housemates—Bam Romana and Fred Payawan—Nina Jose made waves without even meaning to.

By Aprylle Liabres (Contributor)

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Published: Tue 5 Sep 2006, 12:11 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:54 PM

Now that she's out of the house, she's still making news, but this time, on her own.

Aside from being seen on various ABS-CBN shows like The Buzz, ASAP, Homeboy, Game Ka Na Ba, Quizon Avenue, Wowowee and Your Song, she has also been tapped as a Penshoppe endorser, along with her fellow PBB Teen Edition housemates Matt Evans, Joaqui Mendoza and Brenda Fox.

Nina is now also part of the cast of the action-adventure series Pedro Penduko, where she plays a nymph named Marikit who is a friend of Reyna Hiyas (Melissa Ricks) and Kitkat (as Maalindog).

But while Nina is slowly coming into her own as a showbiz personality, at her core, she is still a fan. And one of the stars she has idolized ever since is the late Audrey Hepburn.

She singles out Roman Holiday, My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffany’s as her favorite Audrey Hepburn films. Moon River, the theme from Breakfast at Tiffany's, was the song she sang during the auditions for Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition.

Nina's mom is an Audrey fan from way back. “I read books about her and saw her movies. She doesn’t only have beauty and brains but a good heart as well,” says the young celebrity, who celebrated her 18th birthday last August 26.

Nina chose not to have a cotillion or a grand party, but rather, celebrated her special day by hosting an intimate dinner for family and friends.

As part of getting older, Nina has taught herself how to look to the future. Even as she is building a showbiz career, she is also thinking about getting an education.

She plans to take up European Studies at De La Salle University come the second semester of the current schoolyear.

According to Nina, she'd like to enter the foreign service. If she does that, with her charm and talent, she would make a very good ambassador indeed.

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