They are two of the most fierce and accomplished actresses of their generation. They are versatile as the have played both the victim and the villain. They prove that their beauty runs deep. They are fearless and dedicated thespians. They are smart, articulate, and confident. They have been living the life they want and have become the persons that they have always wanted to be. All these, together with their stunning looks, make Max Collins and Glaiza de Castro beautiful.
Glaiza, 30, entered showbiz in 2001 while 26-year-old Max made her television debut in 2007. Although they continue to thrive in the small and big screens, both reveal that they did not dream about becoming actresses. “Though ‘yung acting naman involves performing pero I really wanted to be a singer. ‘Yun talaga ‘yung una,” reveals Glaiza who has released two albums and has staged several concerts.
“Since mas nabibigyan ako ng opportunity na umarte, naisip ko to take it seriously kasi gusto kong tumulong sa mga magulang ko. Nung una hindi ko pa siya na-appreciate. Every time na magkakaroon ako ng taping, lagi akong kinakabahan. Hindi ako makatulog tapos lagi kong iniisip na, ‘Shucks, iiyak na naman ako. Mabibigat na naman ‘yung mga eksena ko.’” The turnaround happened when she worked with Direk Joyce Bernal in Stairway to Heaven. “Nakita ko siya as a craft na puwede ko pang i-expand. So at first bread and butter ko siya pero ngayon, part na siya ng passion ko.”
Max was also last seen in Contessa which she joined after The One That Got Away wrapped up in May. “It was just really fun for me because I came in late na so na-enjoy ko siya kasi wala ‘yung pressure. It was more of I can play with the character and then see what I think Perfida should look like, should sound like and it was fun working with Glaiza. Iba ‘yung feeling, nakaka-therapeutic ‘yung experience to be able to cry with someone who’s crying with you. I just enjoyed having scenes with her.”
Her most recent film is Citizen Jake was directed by Philippine cinema legend Mike de Leon. “My takeaway was I can do better. I feel like mas na-inspire ako to become a better actress because of the film and because I saw how Direk Mike works and how he’s so passionate about his craft. As in like it’s his baby, ‘yung movie niya is his baby and he’s very protective of his baby. So kailangan maging ganun ka rin sa craft mo.”
Both are aware that their choices affect their supporters that is why they are conscious of the messages they are imparting to the public. “Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako na nabibigyan ako ng mga roles na in line doon sa gusto kong i-convey na message or image. Doing Pirena, Contessa, Althea, Liway, nasasabi ko talaga through those roles ‘yung mga gusto kong sabihin na resilience, hope, faith, love. ‘Yun ‘yung mga principles na lagi kong kine-carry kapag gumagawa ako ng project.”
She is also able to touch lives through her music. “Meron akong isang song about pursuing your dreams and your passion and may isang nag-message sa akin na meron siyang cancer tapos she listens to it every day tapos na-i-inspire siya. So para sa akin, okay, it served its purpose. Masaya ako na may mga taong na-i-inspire kami through what we do, through what we share.”