Some women struggle with feelings on uncertainty about their career and relationships in their mid-20s, and Bea Alonzo stands as proof that even 25-year-old award-winning actresses aren’t invulnerable to the quarter-life crisis.

“A few years ago, nag-iisip na ako kung gusto ko pa gawin ‘to (A few years ago, I was already thinking if I still want to do this),” Bea says. “When I was doing Maging Sino Ka Man, I asked my mom, ‘Okay lang ba kung itigil ko na ‘to (Would it be okay if I stop doing this?)?’ At that time, I wasn’t open yet. My walls were so thick. But I got over it,” she adds.

The first step was finding security with herself. Here’s how she did it.

1. She’s picked up how to be more carefree.
“Before, I was too careful about every word I’d say. Now, I’m like, ‘Who cares?’ I’m not careless, pero mas naging open ako. Mas masayang tao ako ngayon (I’m not careless, but I’m more open now. I’m a happier person now.).”

2. She’s learned to listen to criticisms that matter.
Pag criniticize ako nang isang tao na malapit sa akin, titignan ko siya as something na makakatulong sa akin (When someone close to me criticizes me, I’ll look at it as something that will help me.).” Bea says she’d rather people tell her the truth than “mag-kiss ass ka.”

3. She’s figured out how to love (and keep loving) her job.
Bea says that until now, “I’m fascinated with how movies are made. For me, it’s an escape,” she says. “When I make a certain film, I think of things that I don’t get to think about, and I realize things I don’t get to realize on a regular basis. I get to be sensitive. I get to be a person.”

4. She goes back to the basics.
Hindi ako magpapa-plastic (I won’t be plastic) and say that I’m always on fire and that I’m always passionate, because there are characters that don’t affect me and that I don’t believe in. So I try to bring the passion back by understanding what my character is supposed to feel, what the objective of the theme and the movie is, and what the audience will take home after watching it. Everything you do in a film has to have reason—hindi siya 'yung ginagawa lang (it’s not something you just do).”

Grab a copy of Women's Health's March 2013 issue to know more about Bea Alonzo's road to fitness. You can also subscribe to the magazine's digital edition.

Also in this issue:
What Sex Feels Like
Look Slimmer in a Swimsuit
Fast-Track to Fitness

(Photo by Sara Black)

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