Now, under the tutelage and guidance of Regal Entertainment, Inc., the journey into showbiz of Reins Mika has formally begun and she is surrounded by some of the very best people in this industry. And, for all of us to get to know her more, here is my first formal solo interview with Reins Mika.
Do you remember your age when you decided that you wanted to enter showbiz? Was there a defining moment that led you or encouraged you to try your chances in showbiz?
Reins Mika: At about the age of 7 or 8, I remember my mom encouraging me to take acting lessons at the ABS-CBN workshop. This led me to try out castings for small commercials and shoots. Then, one of the coaches approached me, encouraging my mom to fly me out to Vietnam or Myanmar because my look would sell there – having Oriental features and all. Maybe this was a turning point in my life that gave me the opportunity to work in show business. I had to give up on this dream, though, because my parents wanted to put my schooling first. Despite giving up on a career in showbiz, I continued to prioritize my education and developed the skills and knowledge that served me well as I grew older. My mother encouraged me to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities while I was a student at a Chinese-Filipino school, which included dancing, singing, Chinese calligraphy, art, theater, gymnastics and ballet. I’m really grateful that these skills came in handy, especially when I decided to return to the showbiz industry today.