“I don't think anyone has the right to intrude in your life, but they do. I would like people to separate the actress and the woman.” -- Ingrid Bergman
Obviously the late Ms. Bergman has never seen the likes of Philippine showbusiness... how colorful, intrigue-laden and downright ridiculous it can be.
I've been in this business for nearly 30 years, if you can believe that. I started as a wee little girl in the ensemble of a musical and it kept going from there. My world was theater and the adults I emulated were those from the theater. I was not much of a movie fan, and wasn't really into what was happening in that world. But, I did enter the more mainstream areas of the business, including film, TV, and music. And... and... well...
I know that things that happen in our world get blown up and multiplied many times over, simply because we're in the public eye, and thus are open to public scrutiny and criticism. It's human nature for people on the outside to want to peer into our fishbowl and watch us swim. I've grown used to it by now, although I must admit, when I'm having a bad day, it takes a while for a smile to come to my face.
As a person from showbusiness, I accept that the public at large will be curious and want to know about what happens in private. But what I don't appreciate is when people from showbusiness inflict their private lives upon the rest of the world. Their scandals... their dirty laundry... the things in their worlds that no one else has the right to know. It's one thing when you're found out; it's another thing altogether when there's an onslaught of way too much information from an actor or a singer or a TV host. Heck, I feel violated when bombarded with stuff I didn't want to hear or see.
Yeah, showbiz is a place that the faint of heart must steer clear from. It isn't for the onion-skinned or the garden variety crybaby. But I'd like to think that it isn't for those who are so starved for attention that every single family fight, every affair gone bad, every shabu pipe counted is plunked on our collective lap. Hopefully, it's for those who want the attention based on the quality of their work and not on the darker, shadier sides of their private lives. I'm a showbiz fan too, and I really don't care to hear about a colleague's dirty laundry. It's none of my business, and I like keeping it that way.
Am I being an idealist? I do know that tawdry news sells magazines and makes the rounds of the gossip shows faster than a speeding bullet. But still.
And that is my rambling for the night. It's late, so my thoughts aren't exactly that well-organized.