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Metro At 30: Kim Chiu Gets Real About Staying Relevant

This actress has successfully translated her celebrity status into an equally compelling presence as a vlogger

A showbiz career seems to have been written in the stars for Kim Chiu. “Unexpected ang pag-audition ko sa Pinoy Big Brother. Sumama lang ako sa friend ko, then I got to so many places,” she tells Metro.Style. “Sometimes, when you least expect things, it will really surprise you.”


This Cebuana started her showbiz career at 16 years old, and her accomplishments throughout the years have all been dedicated to her family. “Nakapagpatayo kami ng own house here sa Manila and sa Cebu, and yung five na kapatid ko, they finished college and they’re having a good life now,” says Kim, feeling grateful for how beautiful her life turned out to be. “Parang okay siya lahat. It turned out really well.”



In her 13 years in the industry, her biggest takeaway thus far is hinged on love. “How you give love is how you receive love. If you give 5% of love on a certain thing, it will not go back to you 100%. If you give your all, it will come back to you nang mas all pa,” she shares.


Showbiz life can be quite tiresome. Someone could lose touch of one’s meaning and purpose in life after being in the same industry for this long. Kim, however, always has her eyes set on her goals. But no matter how goal-oriented she may be, for her, it’s also all about enjoying the ride. “If you put pressure in everything that you do, hindi siya magiging okay. It’s really hard to use the word ‘kailangan ko.’ Not ‘kailangan,’ but siguro, ‘I’m having fun.’ I do this because I’m having fun.”


After all, life’s too short to be spending your days on things that don’t bring you joy and excitement. “Kapag toxic na, stop. Huwag mo i-push ‘yung self mo into something that you’re not happy doing,” she continues. “You have to be happy with everything that you do, on where you are right now. Don’t let people command you on what you have to do.”


Black dress by Neric Beltran


The actress later opened up about the challenge of finding true friends in showbiz. “It’s really hard to find a real friend in showbiz kasi some people you see, kahit you see them as your friend, you don’t know that they see you as competition,” she declares. “Hindi naman maiiwasan ‘yun. The industry is really tough and you really have to be tough also.”


She looks up to seasoned actresses, like Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, whose longevity in the business is truly inspiring. Kim admires Juday also not only for being successful as a showbiz personality but also for being able to fulfill her role as a wife and a mom. “Ang happy niya sa lahat ng aspects ng life niya—family, career, mga anak niya, asawa niya.” Another woman she looks up to is “Star for All Seasons” Vilma Santos. “Sobra siyang empowered woman and ang galing niya sa mga tao. Hindi mo siya makikitaan na napagod na siya kahit ang dami na niyang kinausap na mga tao.”



Kim, who’s currently working on the teleserye Love Thy Woman under Dreamscape with Xian Lim and Yam Concepcion, then got real about the struggles of staying relevant in this field. “How will you stay the same as before, now that everyone’s into different platforms? Ang dami nang platforms for you to be known, unlike before na it’s just the TV that makes you famous, now there’s YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter,” she admits. “I think it’s how you keep up with your colleagues.”


To adapt to the modern times and expand her horizon, Kim started her own YouTube channel which, as of this writing, has 1.28 million subscribers. Through this platform, her fans loved her more, as they are given glimpses into their idol’s private life with every video she uploads. What’s more, she even gained new fans along the way, as netizens get to know her more sans the glitz and glam associated with her showbiz persona.


Hindi ko in-expect na mayroong audience sa YouTube. Mayroon palang ibang world sa YouTube,” Kim expressed amusement at this technological breakthrough. “You can watch YouTube on TV, on a bigger screen, not just on your mobile phones. Weird, pero it works!”


White dress by Neric Beltran


What she likes most about the site is how it can be used as an avenue to express herself more and flex her creative muscles. “It’s a different field, it’s a different audience. I’m showing my other side sa YouTube channel ko. I’m sharing part of my daily life,” she says. "Of course, maiiksi lang ‘yung minutes ng videos and some kids, they’d say, ‘I watch your vlogs.’ ‘Oh really?’ It’s my way of sharing my life to people, my true self.”


This new endeavor hasn’t always been smooth-sailing. In fact, she even reached a point of having to take a month-long break from vlogging. “What goes on the video, that’s your true emotion so you don’t have to put up an emotion for that. Nag-stop ako ng one month kasi parang hindi na ako ito, parang I was just putting up emotions para sa viewers,” Kim admits. “Pero ngayon, bumalik na ulit ako kasi happy na ulit ako. Nahanap ko na ulit ‘yung self ko.”



Finding herself also means discovering new things to be passionate about. “Nagda-drums ako ngayon kasi I saw in my gallery, mga 2016 videos, nakalimutan kong nagda-drums pala ako,” she says, adding that she learned playing the instrument during her preparations for her 10th anniversary concert. “It’s fun, para siyang stress reliever. Masarap siya, palo ka lang nang palo pero may beat kang nabubuo.” Figuratively, even as she goes with the flow of life, she never forgets to march to the beat of her own drum.


Asked what she would like to tell her past self, she instead opted to give herself a pat on the back for a job well done. “Wala naman akong regrets na anything eh kasi I’m always saying everything happens for a reason so I live with no regrets… 2019 has been colorful, a lot of new blessings, a lot of new friends, there’s more to come so I’m excited for what’s next.”



Produced by Kat Cruz-Villanueva, Ceia Ylagan, and Judy Arias

Photography by Seven Barretto

Video by Chapters by Mayad

Styling by Eldzs Mejia

Makeup by Carissa Medved

Hairstyling by MJ Rone

Production design by Kathy Sy King of Event Styles

Styling assistants: Carl Alberto, Gabby Gamboa, Nix Bueno, Aubrey Cazzandra

Special thanks to C&L Decor, Shop Rent Gala, 4th Wall, and 18th Floristry