Risky Business: Lovi Poe

Award-winning actress and singer, Lovi Poe, isn’t one to hesitate on making big moves in her career. Currently working on her latest project, Flower of Evil – she brings us up to speed on her decision to leave her previous network that’s been her home for 15 years to take a chance on something new and unexplored.

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Actress Lovi Poe, who’s still locked in from her shoot for the adaptation of the award-winning K-Drama series, Flower of Evil, takes a break to answer our Zoom call, sporting a neat ponytail with barely any makeup on. If you’re familiar with her past roles, it’s easy to assume that she might be cold and intimidating in real life. Surprisingly, she’s nothing of the sort.

“We’ve been taping the past few weeks for Flower of Evil. Our bosses gave us some time and hung out with us as we watched a few scenes. It’s our time to connect and relax today with the whole cast and crew,” says the 33-year-old performer. It’s not her first rodeo when it comes to the whole locked-in set-up. She starred in several shows for GMA (I Can See YouOwe My Love) and IWantTFC (Sleep with Me) while in the middle of the pandemic.

Some may find the isolation an inconvenience but Lovi loves it. “This time, we’re focused on one project per month. What I’ve gotten used to was jumping from one role to another…[With this set-up] now, we have time to focus to be our roles that very moment.”

The King’s daughter

“It was more of a challenge for me than an easy way in,” says Lovi when asked how it was like being the daughter of her father, King of Philippine Movies, the late Fernando Poe Jr. She wanted to become a singer, which she has accomplished by releasing two albums under Sony BMG namely The Best of My Heart in 2006 and Bloom in 2008.

But in the years to come, she was eventually herded to acting, and in 2006, starred in a Carlo J. Caparas adaptation of Bakekang, a TV series that gave her a PMPC Star Award for Best New TV Personality. In the show, co-star Sunshine Dizon mentored the neophyte to achieve her full potential. “When I got an award from that show, siya talaga ‘yong sinama ko sa speech ko because she’s the reason behind it,” she says.

Even though no one officially told her, she’s aware that certain expectations had to be met by being the daughter of FPJ especially when she got into acting. Acting was something that she didn’t expect to enjoy but it grew on her; it even became therapeutic every time she did it. Though she admires her father’s influence, she’s determined not to hide under his shadow. Lovi knew she had to create her own path.

For the complete article on Lovi, visit L’Officiel PH.

STYLING Loris Peña

PRODUCERS Heidi Golangco and Loris Peña
MAKEUP Anthea Bueno
HAIR Mark Familara

PHOTO ASSISTANT Mario Pepito and Antonio Baylon Jr. 

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