Charlie Dizon on the power of envisioning her goals

Vanessa Balbuena (The Freeman) - January 20, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  From another promising talent, Charlie Dizon was catapulted overnight to Important Star after her recent MMFF Best Actress win where she bested the likes of Nora Aunor and Iza Calzado. The sudden recognition and accolades was one the “Fan Girl” star consistently visualized and appealed to the heavens for.

“I always prayed about it. I always envision that one day, may mapapatunayan ako, kasi yun talaga yung pinaka nahirapan ako na phase in my life. Iniisip ko ang hirap mapansin, ang hirap lahat. Yun lang yung goal ko, maging maayos yung ginagawa ko. I always pray na sana one day ma-recognize, and kung kailan man yung perfect timing, sana ready ako,” the 24-year-old actress said over a Zoom interview.

“At that time, gusto ko lang magtrabaho. Gusto ko lang may marating. Kada may natatanggap akong trabaho, feeling ko laging special. Feeling ko papunta na ako sa gusto kong puntahan.”

Just three years after she was launched as part of a new Star Circle batch – along with Tony Labrusca, Donny Pangilinan, Leila Alcasid, Markus Paterson, etc. – Charlie now has “award-winning” always attached to her now more recognizable name. “Ngayon na nakamit ko siya, sobrang grateful ako,” said Charlie, who last year also starred in the film “Four Sisters Before the Wedding.”

While it felt like a long shot for her, Charlie admitted that getting her moment in the sun constantly occupied her thoughts. “Lagi kong iniisip. Gusto ko talaga manalo. Pinagdadasal ko,” she said.

Charlie accepted “Fan Girl” not knowing the film’s storyline. Producers just had to mention Paulo Avelino and director Antoinette Jadaone, and she was all in. “Nung sinabi na ako ang gaganap, syempre nangibabaw yung tuwa na first time ko magbibida sa pelikula. Nung sinabi ni Direk Tonette yung kwento, mas na amaze and na-excite ako. Ang alam ko lang nung una makakasama ko si Direk Tonette and Paulo, so doon pa lang, nagtiwala na ako kasi alam kong magaling si Direk Tonette.”

With production completed before the chaos of 2020, Charlie was glum about the film’s long-delayed release and missing out on her first MMFF experience: the premiere night, the float parade, awards night, the works. But Charlie just as quickly reminded herself to adapt an attitude of gratitude.

“Nagawa na namin yung ‘Fan Girl,’ so that time nanghihinayang talaga ako, na paano pa siya mapapalabas. Noong lumabas na siya tapos tinangkilik at napabuti naman yung…may pros and cons yung digital release. Pro, mas madali kumalat sa social media. Yung con, ang daming namirata agad. Hati yung feeling. Nanghinayang ako na walang premiere night and float. But at the end of the day, maganda din yung mga nangyari. Mas okay na maging grateful nalang kung anong nangyari.”

How has life changed so far? “Nagulat ako sa dami ng tao who congratulated. Naging busy yung social media ko bigla, naging sunod-sunod yung ganap,” she said. “Masaya naman. I’m just going with the flow. Kapag kinakabahan ako, nagdadasal na lang ako.”

After months of uncertainty, Charlie now doesn’t mind juggling more than her usual. “Ang naisip ko ang swerte ko na may nagbibigay ng trabaho during the pandemic kasi yun yung time talaga na ang daming nawalan ng trabaho and ang tagal nag-stay sa bahay, so lahat talaga during that time, tinatanggap ko,” she recalled.

The iWantTFC series “Horrorscope” was where she was seen next after “Fan Girl.” And as viewers are now curious what else this golden girl has to offer, Charlie’s police rookie role in this horror anthology was one she couldn’t pass up on.

“Character description pa lang, and we had a script reading, nakita ko na maganda talaga yung gagawin naming episode. Nakita ko din gaano ka hands-on si Direk Ato Bautista, and maganda yung vision niya sa project.”

“That’s what made me say yes even if mahirap ang lock-in taping,” she added. “Pero masaya din sa lock-in dahil nagiging totoo yung chemistry between the actors. Mas focused lahat, not only the actors, but also the staff.”

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