EXCLUSIVE: Diana Zubiri On Her Parenting Style And Her Latest Movie, "Mystified"
Dress by Tadashi Shoji from Rustan's
Diana Zubiri has been in showbiz since she was in her teens, and was thrust into stardom with a string of films and TV shows that cast her in sexy roles. Throughout the decades, she has worked hard to be seen as more than just a pretty face with a sexy body; she has always wanted to prove that she's a full-fledged actress (a great one, at that!), and has managed to do so successfully.
Diana hasn’t changed one bit, though—she looks as fresh and determined as she did when she broke into the scene, and one needs to be reminded that she’s a mom of two, and definitely knows what it’s like to balance career and family life.
Photos from @dianazubirismith
Her face lights up when she talks about her children, King and Aliyah. She’s happy to be a hands-on mom, and on top of that, a wife, entrepreneur, and of course, an actress. How does she manage to juggle everything on her plate? “Kapag walang work, we go out, just the four of us, para at least mabawi mo 'yung time that you’re away. So that you can be with them 100%. But for example, if I have work, dapat may isang parent sa bahay. So siya rin, [Andrew Smith, Diana’s husband] hands-on din. 'Yun 'yung parenting style namin. Sometimes, I bring my kids to tapings!,” she tells Metro.Style. “But you know, waiting time in taping, mahirap. Sinama ko minsan 'yung isa, sobrang nag-complain, hindi niya kaya 'yung maghintay. Kawawa lang din. But sometimes, when I don’t have time to see them, I would bring them along, especially the baby—she enjoys it. Mahilig kasi siya sa labas, so siya 'yung sinasama ko during the tapings ng Mystified. Mahilig siya sa tao, which is good.”
"If I have work, dapat may isang parent sa bahay. So siya rin [Andrew Smith, Diana’s husband] hands-on din. 'Yun 'yung parenting style namin"
Top by H&M and skirt by Zara
Mystified is the much-awaited reunion movie of Diana with Iza Calzado Wintle, Sunshine Dizon, and Karylle, one that revolves around four women (witches, specifically), their friendships, and how they come together to fight the forces of evil. “It’s all about the celebration of friendship,” Diana shares. “This is the first movie we’ve produced. Bubusugin pa rin namin kayo sa mga fight scenes, sa mga away. Or just to see all of us together, complete, all in one screen, will be great!”
It’s been 13 years since Diana last worked on a project with the three ladies. In their previous TV show, Diana played the youngest of four sisters; in real life, she is likewise the youngest in this group of friends. The rapport of the four was evident in the banter you can hear from them in between takes for this Metro.Style cover shoot, and it was as if no time had ever passed between them—which is perhaps why fans were always thrown into a frenzy whenever any of the four of them would post about one another, or give hints about their reunion movie. Diana says, “We missed doing shows together, so we thought, why not produce it ourselves? So matagal na talaga siya in the works. Parang everyone has been pressuring us to do it, so it finally happened.”
“We missed doing shows together, so we thought, why not produce it ourselves?"
Photo from @dianazubirismith
As of press time, the long wait for Mystified will soon be over, because it’s about to be ready for streaming on iflix. Apart from this, Diana is currently part of a telenovela. She’s also running her own food franchise and sports apparel businesses—these on top of being a wife and a mother.
Considering all that she has experienced in the career she chose, Diana says when asked whether she would allow her kids to enter showbiz: “Kung gusto nila, I don’t have a problem. Kung ayaw nila, better!”
Produced by Grace Libero-Cruz
Photography by Paolo Pineda
Creative direction by Chookie Cruz
Sittings editor: Geolette Esguerra
Styling by Kat Cruz-Villanueva, John Karunungan, and Hillary Lee of Styledit Group
Makeup by Ting Duque
Hairstyling by Mark Ibarrola
Video producer: Joan Ko
Videography by Spotlight Creatives
Shoot assistant: Cara Tirona
Shot on location at Marquis Events Place in BGC, Taguig