Actress Hillary Tan dreams of being a female action star.
In an exclusive interview with LionhearTV, Hillary revealed that her dream project would be playing a “bida” in an action film or a TV series.
“I know it will be very challenging and it will require a lot of training, but that is my dream role,” the 21-year-old actress said.
Hillary’s acting career started in 2011, when she was discovered in a Star Magic acting workshop by her manager Kristian Kabigting.
Since then, she has appeared in various TV shows and movies.
“Back in high school, I found myself that I’m really into arts like acting, dancing, and music,” Hillary shared.
“So when I see Filipino and Hollywood actors doing movies and TV series, I want to be like them. They inspired me in terms of how they express themselves through acting,” she added.
According to Hillary, playing her character “Jam” in the drama series “Be Careful With My Heart” was the hardest role she had ever played so far.
“Because Jam’s personality is so much different from my personality. She’s boyish and she likes boyish activities such as basketball,” the actress said.
“That is totally different from me because I’m more of a girly type. So I really had to adjust and change myself for the character whenever I’m doing the role,” she added.
To get into a character, the actress said she studies her role first.
“I study the character’s attitude and life experiences. I tried to forget the real me and be the character that I’m going to portray,” she said.
“Then I analyze, internalize and memorize the lines,” she added.
When asked about her favorite actor, Hillary said she idolized multi-awarded actress Bea Alonzo.
“Because she’s (Bea) really good in acting. Whatever role you give to her, she can pull it off and she’s also down to earth,” she explained.
“So, my most memorable experience in a taping was when I got to bond with Bea and other big stars like Derek Ramsay, Paulo Avelino, and Vin Abrenica in a movie. They were very kind. I remember when I was little, I just watched them on TV,” she added.
Hillary said she is now busy preparing for her upcoming series “Boys Next Door” to be shown on TV5 and an online digital vlog show, “The Eat Girls” on Asterisk Digital TV YouTube channel.
“I also have two commercials coming out,” she added.
Continue reading below to get to know Hillary better:
Hill or Hillary
March 12, 1999
A Walk To Remember.
Look at her now by Selena Gomez.
WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
I wanted to be a businesswoman.
IN YOUR FREE TIME, WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY DOING?
Rest and spend time with my family and friends. We eat, watch movies, or make out of town or outside the country trips because I love traveling as well.
WHO IS YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND AMONG YOUR FELLOW STARS?
I’m close to all of them.
THE MOST FUN ROLE YOU’VE EVER PLAYED
Aina in “Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita” TV series because she is a mean girl. I always find it fun when I’m portraying a character like that.
IF NOT AN ACTOR, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR PROFESSION WOULD BE?
A businesswoman or an entrepreneur.
WHAT’S THE MOST ADVENTUROUS THING YOU’VE DONE SO FAR?
When me and my high school friends went to Mt. Pulag. We camped overnight there and went hiking for four hours to reach the top of the mountain. It was my first time to do such a long hike.
WHAT’S THE MOST EXPENSIVE THING YOU HAVE EVER BOUGHT?
A Chanel bag.
IF YOU COULD INSTANTLY CHANGE ONE ASPECT OF YOUR PERSONALITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
To get over my fears.
WHAT’S THE BRAVEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE?
When I have to be separated from my parents to study in college.
WHAT’S YOUR STRANGEST/HIDDEN TALENT?
I can play drums and eat or drink a pure lemon or calamansi with no “sour” facial expression.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STRANGE PHOBIA?
Fear of heights and fear of losing my phone or internet.
WHAT DOES THE WORD “LOVE” MEANS TO YOU?
Love means giving and not expecting anything in return.
DESCRIBE IN ONE TO TWO WORDS YOUR CURRENT LOVE LIFE
To be a great artist and to receive awards.
YOUR ADVICE TO ASPIRING ACTORS
Never give up on your dreams. Keep on dreaming. Your time will come.