“She doesn’t do interviews in person.”
They’re words no writer likes to hear, yet this was team soon after I’d arrived at the set of her SCOUT cover shoot. Less than a minute later, though, so fast I almost got whiplash, a new directive was given: she right now.
Perhaps the initial directive was the start in the entertainment scene at age 14 via the talent search show Star Circle Quest and has since spent nearly half of her life under the glare of the spotlight. It industry where a young actress could only have so much control over what gets spun face interview” policy was set in place as a form of protection.
with an easy laugh and the knowledge of the right words to convey what she means without revealing too much—a total pro who knows how to run the show with equal parts discretion and authenticity.
Siargao, the her and Jericho Rosales, Erich cites the resonance she felt with her character an Eat, Pray, Love type of thing. I was offered also wanted to do the same thing: some The remark sounds simple enough—the past year: “Marami akong lessons na babaunin to prioritize myself, that it’s not wrong to love myself more. Before, I’d think of how short life is to keep doing that all the with actor Daniel Matsunaga early last an effort to counter rumors regarding the issue without directly addressing it and died out.
And Siargao did provide her the space and escape she needed, along with the necessary push to remind her of her inner day on Siargao to catch a wave, so I guess my sense of tsamba “But I knew I have it in me to take risks. I’m not afraid to take chances and just jump in right away. Wala nang, ‘ Naku, baka ganyan...’”
She did have her hesitations, though, when it came to saying yes to Tanduay’s calendar girl. “Too much risk ba ’ yung asking me for so long to model for them, ready yet.”
However, when they came wooing again last year, Erich felt it synced well with the other projects she was already working on. Aside from Siargao, there’s also the suspense thriller We Will Not Die Tonight, where she plays a stuntwoman is a production that reunites her with time as a producer. “For that movie, I was to do all my action scenes; I had no stunt so with Siargao pa “And that’s when Tanduay approached for it now.’ I’m not getting any younger, I’m at the right age, so I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ But I
asked if I could have a say in the creative process, and they
The project is perhaps the most visual marker of the kind of creative independence and control that Erich wants mainstream projects, mostly under her home studio, and a lot of smaller independent ones. “I like trying to learn new myself in them; there are no limits, unlike in mainstream movies where there tends making them].”
Independent projects also provide her the opportunity to muscles that cannot acting onscreen. The script for We Will Not Die Tonight Somes, who felt that the on. “So I read it, and it’s a super interesting story of survival that plays out all in one night. The title says it all: ‘ We will not die tonight.’ Ayun na siya talaga, so there’s a lot of running and action scenes.” Her interest piqued, Erich decided to sign the camera. “I’m really part of the whole production process, even in the editing and the scoring of the scenes. Pumapapel talaga, pa- involved, haha!” Set for release this year, We Will Not Die Tonight do more in the future. “If there are more opportunities for me Kahit hindi ako yung artista, as
Storytelling and the work it involves have kept Erich Importante sa ’kin na naniniwala ako sa isang project, that I can put my “Hindi ko talaga kaya ’yun,” she admits. “Sometimes, I don’t get invited to parties anymore kasi alam ng organizers hindi naman ako pupunta, haha! when I do, I’ll just say hi to people and then I’ll head home early. Hindi talaga ako pala labas.”
Whatever free time she has, Erich prefers to spend it reading or tending to her home garden—“I grow roses, lettuce, anything I can”—or adding to her arsenal of short stories and poetry. “Someday, I’ll share them—when I have kasi so I’m poems into songs.” She also focuses on her various acting commitments. Even though I’m the youngest in the family, I’m like the ate. And my life is an open from Davao, I came from nothing—as in walang wala, so alam ko ang pakiramdam ng parehong meron at wala. That makes me really value hard work. So instead of
ahead, especially since on top of We Will Not Die Tonight, she has a new teleserye The Blood Sisters, which will have her playing triplets. “I look forward to a year that’s more productive and rewarding. There are anything she might say. “I’ve learned that it’s not enough to watch out for opportunities; sometimes, I have to create them. That’s why most times, I don’t overthink the things sikat just going in and doing the work.”
“I’ve learned that it’s not enough to watch out for opportunities; to create them. ”