Nora Aunor’s personality leaves her showbiz ‘anaks’ Awestruck
We all know Nora Aunor as a mum to five: Lotlot, Ian, Matet, Kiko and Kenneth. But did you know that at 60, the Superstar is still adding more names to her list of children? That is, if you count her growing number of anak-anakan in showbiz.
The entertainment press in an interview with Ate Guy couldn’t help but joke ‘Parami na nang parami ang mga “anak” mo, Ate Guy!’ This is because the veteran actress is known in the set for being a mother to all, including production staff and crew. Her younger co-stars, who are often nervous at the prospect of working side-to-side with an acclaimed actress, always note how thoughtful and supportive she is to them.
Coco Martin, dubbed the male counterpart of Nora, was all praises for Nora in the set of ‘Padre de Familia’: ‘Yung simpleng pag-alalay niya kay Tita Anita Linda, ‘yung pagtanong niya sa staff kung kumain na ba lahat, siya ‘yung nanay sa set.’
Nora’s real and reel anaks (top, left to right) Lotlot de Leon, Ian Kristoffer de Leon, Matet de Leon, Kiko Villamor, Kenneth Villamor (bottom, left to right), Coco Martin, Chynna Ortaleza, Althea Vega and Jasmine Curtis-Smith
Chynna Ortaleza noted how Nora rushed to hug her after finishing one intense scene in the shooting of ‘Dementia.’ The VJ-actress confessed she did not remember what Nora said in praise of her scene. But Chynna said ‘Nung sinabi niya ‘yon, parang nawala lahat ng kaba ko!
‘Talagang gusto [ko] na magawa nang tama lahat ng eksena. To hear it from somebody like Nora Aunor… it really meant a lot! It’s a big encouragement!’
Incredible closeness of the cast and crew behind Dementia
Dementia co-star Althea Vega, a staple in the Indie film scene, also recalled how Ate Guy coached her through a dialogue she couldn’t quite nail: ‘Minotivate niya ako, habang nando’n ako sa set. Malaking tulong ‘yon sa akin, yung pagmu-motivate niya na.’
Another star of Dementia, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, expressed nervousness when the scene demanded her to yell at Ate Guy: ‘Ninerbiyos po ako… opo, nahirapan ako! Kasi, of course, iba na po ang status ni Ate Guy.’
However, it was Nora who made Jasmine feel more comfortable with the demands of the scene by assuring her that ‘Okay lang yon, anak…’ Jas added ‘Mapagbiro lagi si Ate Guy, walang ka-ere-ere!’
Dementia stars Nora Aunor and Jasmine Curtis-Smith with director Perci Intalan
As a doting mum to her many showbiz anak, Nora is also generous with her praises of this generation’s most promising stars. She said as long as they are kind, she is welcome to be called their mum: ‘Basta mabait, anak ko!’
For an actress who has won many local and international accolades, Nora’s professionalism is beyond expectations because she remains humble and approachable. Her personality and friendly demeanor are undeniable reasons that make her the one and only Superstar of the Philippine film industry.
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