MANILA, Philippines – Two-time FAMAS Best Actress Nadine Luster, one of the busiest young stars in the film industry, whose face is on display all the time and pops up almost everywhere, has now taken on a lighter workload and named Siargao her . second home.
“Now I’m super happy when I have a day to just sit on the couch and watch TV all day. You know, it’s always the little things for me. I am also very lucky because I can always fly to Siargao when I have a week off,” said the “Deleter” actress during the “G Creator Con” Talks held at the Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City on 17 September.
Luster admitted that she had made the conscious decision to take it easy. “I just stopped communicating so much with my work, I mean, with everything. So I tried to breathe. That’s where I can breathe. For some reason, I really feel that bad energy when I’m here in Manila. And even when I try to relax, you know there’s always something happening on my phone. The deadlines are also very stressful,” says Lustre.
She said this experience has taught her to simply stop being a “yes man” when something doesn’t sit right with her. “If it’s something that doesn’t really align with your values and vision, then don’t do it. And if your body tells you you can’t do it anymore, don’t do it. Because your body knows best. And the thing is, you really have to put a limit on the things that we do,” Lustre said.
“I still feel uncomfortable when I’m here. But when I fly, when I travel, I can really breathe. It’s really different, Manila kasi is more of a workplace for me, it’s at home but you get the idea,” she continued, also admitting that she is not good at dealing with deadlines and multi-tasking.
Luster also said that there came a time when she lost her passion for her profession. “I was so, so, so exhausted that I didn’t want to do it anymore,” she admitted. But all she needed was to take a break. “When I started doing it again, I found my passion for acting again. So don’t force yourself. Push yourself a lot, but don’t push yourself too much if you feel like you’re going to die,” she added.
The noise around her, as a celebrity, also contributed to her brief moment of despair. “It became very pushy, with everything people would say online or even in person, it also makes you question yourself and your identity,” Luster explained, but said she ignored all the nonsense and just focused on the nonsense they are constructive. “In the end, the most important thing is that I know myself and that I really don’t hurt anyone. I just do my own thing, you know? she continued.
And because of her personal experience with unfavorable statements online, the singer-actress says she consciously tries to make the digital space more uplifting. “Social media ensures that everyone has access to it. And we kind of have a responsibility to be role models, you know. We do not know who has access to our content. It could look like someone who’s, you know, very, very young. And the thing is, it affects them in some way if the content isn’t…really good,” Luster said.
She may have slowed down a bit, but Luster said there are still so many things she wants to do in her life. “I think everyone would agree when I say there is so much to do, but so little time,” she said.
“What I do is I really focus on what I have on my plate at the moment. And once I’m done with that, I’ll put all my effort, my time, and my heart into what I have now. And once I’m done, I try to do something else. So that’s pretty much what I do. I just finish what I have first, and then I move on to the next one,” Luster said.
She hopes people will find inspiration in her story as they embark on their own life journey. “Don’t give up on your dreams because it’s all about timing. You know, I almost gave up on mine until a few years later, you know, when things started to change and my dream came true,” she shared.
Luster told people to rely on “divine timing” because “if it is not the time for you, that just means you are not ready for what you are about to receive. Just hold on tight to your dreams and don’t give up.” /ra