MANILA, Philippines – Veteran director Jose Javier Reyes has an idea on how one can be considered a "timeless" star.
Speaking to ANC’s “View from the Top,” Reyes explained that having a mark in the entertainment scene does not only entail that one should have good looks.
“Not necessarily beauty because that will fade. You may be beautiful as a young person but then it’s your process of evolution which is important in the eyes of the audience. Your personality is so important. Thirdly, your disposition, how you deal with other people,” he said.
Reyes said it is sad that the Philippines is a country that always tends to mistake celebrities for artists.
“One thing that we should study carefully is does it necessarily mean that if you are successful as a TV star, that you can also bring in the box office the moment you appear in the big screen? Not necessarily so,” he said.
“There was a time before when there were TV stars and there were movie stars. Now they are one and the same. Nowadays, the television creates the movie stars. They are not really movie stars, they are just TV stars in the big screen,” he added.
Reyes even noted that most people nowadays are “more concerned to be celebrities than artists.”
On Vilma, Juday
Reyes mentioned the mark left by Star for all Seasons Vilma Santos in the entertainment industry.
“I think of 2 examples. One is Vilma Santos who has succeeded to evolve from a child star in ‘Trudis Liit’ evolving into this teeny-bopper in the Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Pictures singing with Edgar Mortiz until she eventually became ‘Burlesk Queen’ until she became ‘Sister Stella L’ and now she is the Governor of the province of Batangas,” he narrated.
He also recognized the achievements of Young Superstar Judy Ann Santos.
“Another one who is following that path is Judy Ann Santos. From the child star in ‘Ula’ into ‘Mara Clara’ into what she became in ‘Kasal Kasali Kasalo’ and now she has became the personification of the young mother reinventing herself as a chef. From what I’ve heard, she wants to go back to school because she wants to validate herself some more despite everything she has already achieved,” Reyes said.
Reyes said it is the admirable efforts of the “timeless” stars to have long range plans that differentiate them from the rest in the industry.
“They are not only beautiful human beings but then they are beautiful examples to a multitude who adore them,” he said.