MANILA, Philippines – Still caught in a reel of rumors linking her to a high-profile politician, actress Heart Evangelista has expressed interest in entering the world of politics.
|Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escudero. Composite image
The former teen star, who is known for her dramatic portrayals onscreen, may soon be among the ranks of celebrities-turned-politicians. In an interview with women's lifestyle magazine Cosmopolitan, Evangelista said she sees politics as a venue to "inspire" others other than through her craft as an actress.
Seen as an apprentice of sorts of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, Evangelista credits the outspoken lawmaker as having stirred in her a newfound interest in public service.
"Just being with Miriam makes me want to be a better person. She has just shown me this different world," she said of the senator, with whom she frequently has a "sleepover."
"You know what, politics? I'd do it. I want a person to look at me not because I'm dolled up but because I am a strong woman, an inspiration.
"I know my purpose now. Everything I do is an investment for when I need to be credible to do the things I want to do," Evangelista added.
At 27, the actress said she can now "do everything I want." In pursuit of this, she added, she needs a man who is settled, and who can support her in her dreams.
"I need somebody to support me and dadalhin ako. Somebody who's relaxed, who's seen the world. I don’t wan't him to be hungry for money or fame," Evangelista said.
Quizzed on the new man who can potentially satisfy these criteria, Evangelista refused to identify him, but hinted that his name sounds like a "dairy" product.
"Basta he's in politics, he's older and I just know we'll talk about a lot of things," she said.
After her breakup with Japanese-Brazilian model Daniel Matsunaga in April, Evangelista was romantically linked to Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero, whose marriage with former wife Christine Flores was recently annulled.
The two have since admitted "meeting" for dinner a number of times.
But for Evangelista, although a certain politician may be the closest to her ideal man at the moment, she said she intends to take her time in finding a "lifetime partner," or risk getting into a marriage destined for failure.
"All I can say is it's not easy to find your lifetime partner. I'm not going to get married and ruin my kids life by getting divorced. I'm not going to be on the news as the woman who had a divorce," she said.