Did you know that comedienne Ruby Rodriguez has a daughter who is now taking a showbiz splash? Toni Aquino, Ruby’s teenage daughter, is venturing in her first major TV role as the lead actress of TV5’s “Wattpad Presents: Lala Laitera.”
During the pocket presscon for the new Wattpad episode last Friday, April 24, at Mario’s Restaurant in Tomas Morato, Toni acknowledged the fact that her mom helped her decide to enter showbiz.
“I want to try it din po and see where it gets me. With mom helping me decide, sabi niya ‘always stay focused on your work,’ yun nga po, ‘use your career as an inspiration to do well, not an expiration.'”
As a kid, to be an actress was not on Toni’s list as her original dream was to become a dancer.
“When I was younger po, I wanted originally to be a dancer pero sabi ng mom ko ‘wala ka namang mapapala diyan e.’ So I trying to see where I wanted to be, I tried writing which is one of my favorite pastimes po, to write but then as I grew older I realized na I do want to become like my mom,” she said.
TV5 opened a big opportunity for Toni when they entrusted the showbiz newbie the titular role for “Wattpad Presents Lala Laitera” which is based from the online novel of Francis Herrera (a.k.a. OwwSic), the author of previous Wattpad Presents episode “Diary ng Hindi Malandi, Slight Lang.”
Toni will give life to the annoying but cute character of Lala Lazaro, or popularly known as “Lala Laitera”–a certified brat whose main purpose in life is to find flaws and mock people. Her mom Ruby Rodriguez, on the other hand, will play the role of Dyosa Thick-Thick, a fairy that will put her under a spell to teach her a lesson. Toni’s leading man in the mini-series will be portrayed by charming hunk Carl Guevarra (as Sic Santos), the key character that can lift Lala’s curse if he will fall in love with her.
Toni reveals the moral lesson of “Lala Laitera”:
“Think before you speak kasi hindi naman po natin alam kung ang sasabihin natin ay makakasakit sa tao o makakabuti po sa tao pero just be careful in what you say. Sa mga taong laging nanlalait, hinay hinay lang po sa panglalait. Process niyo muna sa utak niyo kung, kapag binitawan ko ba ito masasaktan ba siya o matutuwa siya pero just be careful na lang po kasi masakit po minsan,” she said.
Catch Toni Aquino in her first Wattpad Presents starrer with Carl Guevarra beginning this Monday (April 27, 2015) at 9:00pm only on TV5.