SHERYL Cruz is 45 but looks much younger than her age due to right diet and regular exercise. She’s now playing a truly challenging role in GMA-7’s new Afternoon Prime offering, “Magkaagaw”, that will replace “Hanggang sa Dulo ng Buhay Ko” after “Eat Bulaga”.
In the story, she will figure in not just one but two love triangles. First, she will be competing with Sunshine Dizon for the affection of Alfred Vargas. Later, she’ll have a love triangle with a much younger couple, Jeric Gonzales and Klea Pineda.
Recently, she appeared in a sexy pictorial for All Out or AO lifestyle website for men, showing off her curvaceous figure to advantage, something that she avoided before. What made her consent to go sexy this time?
“Kasi then, I had to maintain a sweet and more conservative image,” she says. “But now, I can make my own decisions. Hindi ko na kailangang humingi ng permission kahit kanino in doing such matters. I’m a single mother and I’m also celebrating being an independent woman. They all say I still got it naman, so I don’t think there’s something wrong in flaunting what you have.”
So she did not consult anyone before shooting her sexy photos? “I did ask my only daughter, Chelsea, and she’s very supportive naman. She said, go, mom! Back when I was a teen star, of course, hindi ko magagawa ito kasi people have known me as a child actress with a sweet image. But now, marami akong contemporaries who have done a similarly daring pictorial before me. We are definitely now more empowered.”
She figures in a love affair with a much younger man in “Magkaagaw”, Jeric Gonzales. “Talagang naiiba for me itong show na ito kasi I play a cougar. It’s timely kasi such situations really happen naman in real life, di ba? People are now more open about it. 'Yung iba, it works for them, so well and good. 'Yung iba naman, parang nage-experiment lang. Pero sa ‘Magkaagaw’, 'yung character ko, si Veron, a top executive, ginagamit lang si Jeric as Jio para maghiganti sa mother niyang si Sunshine Dizon as Laura na inagaw ang father ni Jeric from me, si Alfred Vargas. But later on, made-develop talaga ang feelings ko for Jeric at diyan na magkakaroon ng maraming complications sa story.”
In real life, does she see herself entertaining suitors who are much younger than her?
“Well, I’ve always had naman admirers who are younger than me. I don’t know how they get my number but they send me text messages and some even ask me to go out and to have coffee daw. But I handle them very politely and tell them hindi ako puwede kasi I’m so busy with work, which is true, especially now na panay-panay ang tapings namin for ‘Magkaagaw’. At this point in my life, I’m not the type who’s looking for a new love life. Masaya naman kami ng anak ko and I’m fulfilled with my career, so unless someone really irresistible would come along, I’d rather stay unattached muna. Mas tahimik pa ang buhay ko.”