MANILA -- Film and theater actress Eugene Domingo clarified rumors that she is quitting showbiz, saying she will leave when she feels it's time to go.
Domingo's interview came after she announced, while promoting her latest movie, "Barber's Tales," that she will temporarily stop doing movies, adding that she plans to take a break from showbiz.
"Bakit ka ba ganun, 'yung mga pronouncements mo ganun, gusto mo nang tumigil sa pag-aartista, gimik ba 'yan?," the actress said in an interview with Boy Abunda on "The Bottomline," which aired on Saturday.
"Gusto kong sabihin eh, four years ago ko pa to inisip, na kapag naramdaman ko na 'yung tamang panahon, titigil ako, wala kayong magagawa," she added.
Domingo, who won best actress in the 2013 Tokyo International Film Festival for her role in the film, did not deny that she felt more appreciated in other countries than in the Philippines.
"Kasi sa ibang bansa, wala silang alam kung ano ang ginagawa ko, comedy, bibihira, siguro 'yung sumunod lamang. 'Yung titingnan nila 'yung pelikula, 'yung materyal," Domingo explained.
"Una sa lahat sa mga international film fest the most important person is the film maker, not the actor, and that is the kind of respect I want," she added.
Domingo also said she hopes she gets the same reaction from Filipinos, despite the fact that she is more popular in the Philippines as a comedienne.
"Judge the film, not the actors. Eh dito, mauuna, kilala ako eh, sasabihin: Naku, nagdrama. Bakit? Patingin nga. Naku umpisa pa lang natatawa na ako, natatawa ako, susmaryosep," Domingo said.
"Yung pelikula pagbigyan ninyo, tapos pwede niyo nang kalimutan ako, 'yung pelikula lang," she said.
Three types of acting
Domingo, who has appeared in different movies and television shows, also described the three types of acting, which she first explained in the box office hit "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank."
The first type is what she calls the "elevator" type of acting, wherein she uses not only her voice, but her body in acting. She usually uses this kind in comedy roles.
"Elevator acting, taas baba. Dahil nakakatawa, gagamitan mo ng katawan para nakakatawa kahit hindi naman," she explained.
For her drama roles, Domingo said she uses what she calls "TV Patrol" acting.
"Sa soap opera acting kelangan lahat ng bagay eh nakakaiyak, o kaya nagwawala ka na, para may dating kasi busy yung manonood di ba, kapag gabi, nagluluto, nagaaral, nagchikahan, kapag hindi ka nagwala dun hindi titingin sa TV 'yun," she said.
Domingo added that this type of acting is difficult, especially if there is not enough motivation.
The last type of acting, the "as is where is," is usually used in independent films.
"Yung pangatlo, 'yung independent acting, 'yung tinatawag sa independent films sa 'as is where is', na hindi kailangang ipakita mo lahat lahat lahat ng emosyon," Domingo expounded.
"Minsan, parang tulala ka lang na ganun, nakatingin ka sa kawalan, manonominate ka. Wala ka naman talagang iniisip eh, napatingin ka lang dun, kasi may butiki doon, nanominate ka ganun," she joked.
When asked how she describes herself, Domingo said she is an actor -- not a comedienne.
"I'm an actor, I'm from the theater, I'm trained to be an actor. Hindi ako nagmamataas, ipinapaliwanag ko lang sapagkat, bata pa lang ako, alam ko, sa entablado ko gustong lumabas, at sa palagay ko, dun din ako tatanda," the actress said.