EXCLUSIVE: Arabella Davao on Her Fave Star Cinema Movies and Her Ultimate Showbiz "Peg"
On her Metro Chats guesting, the newly-signed Star Magic artist also talked about her close relationship with her cousin Janine Gutierrez, the leading men who make her blush, and the K-dramas she currently loves
Growing up, Arabella Davao—the daughter of veteran actors Jackie Lou Blanco and Ricky Davao, and the granddaughter of renowned singer/actress Pilita Corrales—has always been a big fan of ABS-CBN programming.
“Teleseryes, Star Cinema movies,” she said on Kumu's FYE Channel, during her guesting on Metro Chats last week, “I would really wait for [them] in the cinema. If there’s a movie I really wanted to see I would see it on the first weekend with my mom.”
It was always in the back of her mind, being an actress—which has always been a big part of her life, from her parents’ occupations to the theater and dance clubs she used to join in school. “It was always on my mind,” Arabella said.
Arabella, who is a newly-signed Star Magic artist launched during the Star Magic Black Pen Day last June, particularly loved Starting Over Again starring Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual. As she embarks on her journey in the world of local showbiz, she reveals that Toni G is her “peg,” thanks to the latter’s comedic timing, dramatic talents, and hosting skills.
In the same conversation with Metro Editor-in-Chief Geolette Esguerra, Arabella shared the showbiz lessons her grandmother and her parents have given her. “My dad’s first advice is really, if you want to be good at acting, you have to become a good person first,” Arabella shared.
“In any job that you do, it starts there. Your character, how you treat people. From my lola specifically, it’s that for every event, she’s never late. She doesn’t care if she’s three hours early; she just doesn’t want people to wait for her,” Arabella laughs. “So I guess the common ground with all their advice is really professionalism and thinking of other people.”
Arabella also shared the Star Cinema films that she loves—She’s Dating the Gangster, It Takes a Man and a Woman, and Starting Over Again, to name a few—and the leading men that make her blush: Joshua Garcia and Grae Fernandez. “I’m a big fan of Joshua, his acting,” Arabella says. “The truth that he shows in his scenes. He’s really charming and he looks super mabait and chill.”
Now that she’s a bonafide Star Magic talent, Arabella knows that she still has a long way to go when it comes to developing and nurturing her confidence. One of her reservations about becoming an actress was really her shyness.
“I wouldn’t say I was really really confident from the beginning and I still have a lot to work on when it comes to my confidence and being shy,” she says. Arabella also shared that the world of social media and bashing scare her, but she knows that they are natural parts of show business as well. “I know that if ever I read anything that’s not so nice, I just have to pay not much attention unless of course it’s something that would help me improve—constructive criticism,” she said.
During the chat, Arabella also talked about the countries and cities she’s visited—she particularly loves Iceland and Croatia because she’s more of a nature girl versus a city girl. She loves the mountains and beaches, as well as nature spots and scenic views.
A viewer also asked if she would ever consider working alongside her cousin, Janine Gutierrez, who Arabella says is a big part of her support system: “Janine is someone who always texts me, 'Do you need something? Do you need a dress? Do you need a stylist?'”
But she also admits that it is a world of pressure to potentially work with someone from her family. “Once I’m more comfortable,” she says, “I would love to.”
When Arabella isn’t streaming on Kumu or participating in Star Magic acting workshops, she’s consuming media, and she’s been into K-drama recently, with Nevertheless and The World of the Married being two of her current favorite shows.
Watch Arabella Davao's full Metro Chats interview below:
Lead photo by Rxandy Capinpin