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The phrase, prima donna, refers to “a very temperamental person with an inflated view of their own talent or importance.” In local showbiz, the term crosses genders and could refer to actors as well. Thus, no other phrase aptly describes the attitude this lead actor (LA) showed during a shooting.
During the shooting of a movie with an award winning director (AD), LA approached him, and said nonchalantly, “Direk, will our movie earn? It does not look promising.” Upon hearing the comment of LA, AD felt insulted because it was as if LA did not know he was talking to one of the pillars of the local movies. AD rose from the ranks and made his way to becoming a box-office director with his dramatic movies. What was more infuriating was that LA had the guts to tell that to AD as he himself has yet to prove his box office draw. Becoming a household name becasue of one teleserye is nothing compared even to the individual achievements of the two actresses (A1 and A2) working with him in the movie.
Incidentally, at one point, LA, A1, A2, and AD all worked for one network. While A1 and A2 got breaks, LA was always among the supporting cast until he moved to his new network. As for A1 and A2, their careers are as colorful as the controversies of their personal lives. AD has moved to another network, and has directed some of the best movies and teleseryes in most of the movie outfits and major networks, respectively.
Is LA already drowning in a glass of water? As rumors have it, LA seems to be enjoying the perks of being the current apple of the eye of a top network executive these days. However, favoritism can be fickle, and if LA does not closely watch out, he might be replaced. Perhaps, LA should be more humble and respectful of his fellow showbiz workers. After all, those who have lasted long in the business are the actors who sowed humility and respect towards people in the industry regardless of their status. Thus, no matter how many intrigues have come their way, these actors still have projects, loyal fans, and respect.
Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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