MANILA – Liza Soberano had to stay in the United States for a couple of months for a surgery last year and the actress candidly admitted that during that time, it crossed her mind to leave show business.
Speaking on “Tonight with Boy Abunda,” Soberano said she really appreciates the time she spent with her family and Enrique Gil abroad “because after years of being under the limelight, I finally felt like I went back to my roots, I was Hope again, it felt good.”
“I did a lot of things that normal people would usually do like grocery shopping. We would walk around… I would cook with just one hand. It was fun. I felt like I was very domesticated,” she said.
Soberano said she was actually pondering if showbiz was still for her.
“Actually I think that was the whole struggle I was going through last year. After the injury and after the project that I lost, parang I didn’t know if showbiz was for me anymore,” she said.
Explaining this further, Soberano said: “Siguro kasi nung nakatikim na ako ng simple life, parang ang saya. I know it’s because we were kind of on vacation but it’s stress-free. But I am not complaining. I love my job. I am very blessed to have everything that I have right now. But sometimes, because I am a very simple person and I enjoy the simplest things in life, hindi mo makukuha iyon sa ganitong trabaho.”
Gil had almost similar thoughts, saying he loved living a low-key life with Soberano.
“I remember when we went to her home which she just purchased, it’s very quiet. When we were there, siyempre she just bought the house so it was so bare. Her grandparents were there so we went to the furniture shop and got everything. Do it yourself. Kami 'yung mga nag-a-assemble ng mga table, chairs and everything. We were doing it,” he shared.
“Sabi ko, ‘Alam mo ang sarap ng feeling ng ganito ah. Simple lang.’ We just to the small town, get some furniture, buy food, cook. It was so simple. Sabi ko, puwede palang ganito lang,” he added.
When asked if there are things they discovered about each other while in the US, both said it was just the simple things they don’t notice because of their celebrity status here.
“When she would go grocery shopping, she knows the ingredients that she wants. Hindi naman nakikita dito kasi we’re always so busy. Just the simplest things that we would do, that was big for me. Cooking, fixing the house, it was amazing,” Gil said.
As for Soberano, she liked how Gil has grown up to be the man that he is now.
“When we were in the States, I saw him mature gradually. Parang he was becoming the man of the house. Kasi tatlo kaming babae na kasama niya. My Tita Jony, me and his sister. And he was really taking care of all three of us very well, especially me because ako 'yung pinakakailangan ng help at that point,” she said.
“Kapag napansin niyang wala ng tubig sa bahay, ‘Wala ng tubig sa bahay, pupunta lang ako sa grocery. Bibili lang ako.’ Sometimes, men don’t think about those small things but those small things mean a lot to women,” she added.
After their trip to the US, Gil and Soberano are now back in the Philippines working on their primetime series “Make It with You.”
It airs on ABS-CBN every night from Monday to Friday after “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”