2020 Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo expressed her interest to work with Kapuso stars such as Marian Rivera, Bea Alonzo, and John Lloyd Cruz after signing a contract with GMA Network, Thursday, November 18.
In the virtual media conference after her contract signing, Mateo said, “Sobrang dami po eh. I want to work with Ms. Marian Rivera, with Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz. Sana, sana mabigyan ako in the future ng pagkakataon na magka-projects kasi I’m sure I’m gonna learn a lot from them.”
She also admitted that Dingdong Dantes was her childhood crush and inspired her to strive hard to become a notable artist.
“I was so inspired kasi hindi lang siya magaling as an actor, he also does hosting. And parang ang galing niya rin— he has endorsements, pinagkakatiwalaan din siya ng brand, so parang holistic yung approach niya. So childhood crush ko po talaga si sir Dingdong Dantes,” she admitted.
Mateo responded that she wanted to, but fate had other plans when asked if she had met the Kapuso Primetime King.
“Not yet. I wanted to kasi hindi matuluy-tuloy. Parang I had, I think offers, na mag-guest sa show niya, sa Amazing Earth. Pero palaging hindi natutuloy. But I always believe in perfect timing kasi I know he’s also busy. Pero I’m looking forward kasi sir Dingdong Dantes po ‘yan eh.”
In the meantime, Mateo will be starring alongside actor-senator Bong Revilla in the upcoming action series Agimat ng Agila.
But if given a chance to play other roles, Mateo hopes to have a kontrabida role.
“Kasi launching ko was horror. When I did Wish Ko Lang to be honest, it was heavy drama. So it was a different format, iba na naman yung atake niya. Since I’ve done horror, may action din with Agila, gusto ko naman this time, if drama s’ya, ako naman po sana yung kontrabida.”
Apart from acting, the former beauty queen also expressed her interest in hosting a show but said she would focus on one thing at a time.
“Acting po muna, wala pa din namang opportunities with hosting. But I really want to try that also. Gusto ko next time ako naman po ang nagtatanong sa inyo,” she pointed. “Siguro isa din ‘yon na sana, in the coming years, pagkatiwalaan din po ako with a talk show kung saan ako naman po yung nagtatanong.”
She also opened up on the possibility of accepting daring roles in the future.
“Hindi ko po kasi masasabi pa talaga. But as of the moment po, I still consider. Kasi it’s hard to transition eh. People do know me as Miss Universe Philippines.
“That’s why I cannot like do something out of the blue. Pero as an actress, it’s art din eh. Yun talaga ang sinasabi ko sa sarili ko. But give it ilang years pa, siguro po. Not now.”
Mateo, who won the 2020 Miss Universe Philippines, has passed her crown to Cebu’s Beatrice Luigi Gomez, representing the country in the next Miss Universe.