MANILA, Philippines – Until his dying moment, Cherry Pie Picache's father refused to speak with the veteran actress because of her passion for her craft.
The 42-year-old actress turned emotional during her interview with "Showbiz Inside Report (SIR)," as she recounted her beginnings as an actress.
At an early age, Picache dreamed of acting on stage, but it wasn't until she turned 13 when she got her first taste of the limelight. At the time, she starred in a soap commercial with actor-director Eric Quizon.
Her growing passion for acting, Picache recalled, "scared" her father, as it strayed from their family's traditional career path.
"Ang family namin wala talagang exposure sa [entertainment] industry. I think my dad was scared kasi almost all in the family were [from the] academe, professionals," she said.
"So he felt na pag artista, it's [not a real profession]," Picache added.
As a "compromise," Picache agreed to take up medicine at the time. The actress recalled her being a doctor was her father's dream.
However, only after a year into her studies, Picache felt strongly that "this is not for me."
Defying her father's wishes, Picache sought further opportunities to hone her craft, and subsequently become a full-time actress.
"Tapos ayon, doon na ako hindi kinausap," Picache said, turning emotional. "Do you know how much I love my craft? My father didn't talk to me until he died."
"It was hard. Kaya ganoon ko kamahal 'yung ginagawa ko. [Tinuloy ko ang pag-aartista] because I had to prove to them na hindi ako nagkamali sa pinili kong trabaho," Picache added.
Now with dozens of films and TV shows to her name, the award-winning actress has "evolved" over the course of her three-decade career.
"I went in the industry only armed with my craft. hindi ko pinangarap maging sikat, maging star," she said.
"Now na matagal ka na sa industriyang pinagtrabahuhan mo, iba na ngayon ang objective mo," she added. "Ngayon, minahal mo na 'to, inakap mo na, and in your own little way you want to make a difference."