LAUREN Young was such a vicious villain in “Contessa” and she now plays another villain role in her new soap, “Hiram na Anak”. Doesn’t she mind that she seems to have been typecast in contravida roles?
“Not at all,” she says. “I love my job as an actress and I’m just thankful na tuluy-tuloy lang ang trabaho ko sa GMA. After ‘Contessa’, I went to Korea to work for a Korean show with Ejay Falcon, then I had a vacation there for one week. When I came back home, I got a pleasant surprise dahil I was informed na may kasunod na agad akong bagong soap, ito ngang ‘Hiram na Anak’. Yes, contravida rin ako rito, pero hindi kasing sama ng role ko sa ‘Contessa’ kasi pumapatay ako roon ng tao. Dito, inagaw ko lang si Paolo Contis from Empress Schuck kahit alam kong may baby na sila at willing akong magsama kaming tatlo sa loob ng iisang bahay.”
The production staff of the shows she has worked with all say that she might be so bad on screen, but off cam, she’s one of the kindest and most well-behaved actresses they’ve ever worked with. “Thanks naman. They told me that themselves. E, bakit naman ako magsusungit o magmamaldita sa set when I love what I’m doing? I’m just appreciative of all the blessings that I get. Sa taping, you stay in an air-conditioned tent, libre lahat ng food nyo, may talent fee ka pa, so ang ganda-ganda ng work namin, magrereklamo pa ba ako?”
She really has a good attitude and this shows even in her relationship with her manager, Pia Magalona, the mother of her ex-BF, Elmo. “Seven years na kami. When Elmo and I broke up, I told her about it. I said if we could still work together professionally, I still want her to manage me. Sabi naman niya, work is work, so tinuloy namin. She’s really a good manager for me and she’s like my second mom. Marami na kaming pinagsamahan, but we don’t talk about personal lives.”
Has she heard about what happened to Elmo and his last girlfriend, Janella Salvador, who said she was physically abused by him? “Yes, but iba ang pagkakakilala ko kay Elmo. Ang hirap mag-comment diyan kasi no matter what I say, may magagalit sa akin. So the safest answer for me is: it’s none of my business. I don’t even know Janella. As for Elmo, we just say hi when we see each other. Hanggang dun lang.”
Has she experienced the same thing with Elmo? “Nope! Do you think I’d allow anyone to hurt me? Sapakin mo ko, sasapakin din kita. I don’t know. For me, I think someone is lying. Sometimes, some people can bend the truth. But it’s really none of my business. Mamaya, sasabihin, nangingialam pa ako.”
When her line “someone is lying” was quoted in the intenet, Lauren got a lot bashing, saying that she has no right to imply that Janella is lying. Someone even sent her a photo of Janella with bruises on her arm, telling her that they wish someday, someone would also hurt her.
Lauren quickly answered them back: “ I never said she was lying. But fine okay, yeah sure. She’s a liar, I’m a sawsawera and I totally used this opportunity so that more people would watch my new show #HiramNaAnak. O, happy na kayo? THANKS!”
Then someone said she should try doing bold roles so her career would pick up and she also answered it: “Excuse me, I am very happy with my career as I always have consistent work. You are rude and if you were my fan, I would be ashamed to have you in my fandom because of how you speak to others. Shame on you for behaving this way. I’m not going to apologize for doing my job: which is to answer questions during a press conference. If my answers don’t please everyone, so be it.”