“On hold muna iyong plan ko to pursue medicine. Kasi, when I do something, I wanna make sure that I put my whole heart into it. When I pursue medicine, I need more time to do it. Dapat nasa klase ako araw-araw.”
Prior to joining beauty pageants, Miss World-Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann wanted to be a doctor. When she won the title in September, two years ago, her priorities suddenly changed. Following the footsteps of 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa and 2013 Ms. Universe-Philippines Ariella Arida, she is now trying her luck in acting.
“Actually, I never wanted to be in showbiz. This was never my dream, to be honest,” she confessed. However, she admitted that she had a change of heart as she spoke about her baptism of fire in acting.
“You know sometimes, when you’re a beauty queen, lalo na in the Philippines, you’re given a good platform. Suwerte lang talaga ako that I was offered something new. I want to try new things, kasi,” she explained.
“ I was asked to audition. When I auditioned, that was the first time I read the script. I really have to face our director. I enjoyed the challenge and the experience. And when you try it, you end up loving it,” she added.
She even divulged that she had no prior acting experience who just got her break by being in the right place at the right time. “For me, acting has become my passion. I find it so exciting to play someone I’m not,” she enthused. And at the moment, she’s more focused on her acting career more than anything else.
Laura also clarified that she did not enter showbiz because it is a confident fallback for past beauty queens like her. Neither did she join the bandwagon to outsmart and provide competition to her colleagues in the pageant world. “I idolize them. Pia, Kylie and Ariella are friends of mine. It’s never a pressure for me na kailangang gumaya ako o mag-artista rin ako to keep up with them. It’s just that I look up to them,” she said.
She also did not deny that she is planning to join the Miss Universe-Philippines pageant in the future. “I still have a few years to join. This year, I wanna focus on being an actress first ,” she concluded.
In Elise, Laura plays the role of Enchong Dee’s ex with whom she has intimate, kissing scenes. Based on real-life events, the movie is a bio-pic romantic-comedy that depicts the events in the life of Bert (Enchong Dee), a quick-witted but sickly emotional guy, who falls for Elise (Janine Gutierrez), a former childhood friend who has transformed into a strong, tough and independent woman.
Produced by Regal Entertainment and megged by Miko Livelo, the film also stars Miko Raval, Victor Anastacio and Miel Espinosa. A feel-good dramedy, Elise is out to win your hearts starting February 6 at your favorite cinemas nationwide.