Bangs doesn’t want to be typecast as a ‘sexy star’

Bangs Garcia, star of the film “Lauriana,” would rather be called a sexy actress, not a sexy star.

“Kasi dito sa Pilipinas, when you say sexy star, iba ang mentality ng mga Pinoy. Iyon ang gusto kong patunayan sa industriya na if you show some skin, it doesn’t mean na sexy star ka na. It depends on the person on how you carry yourself as an actress. I’m a sexy actress, definitely,” Bangs said at the press conference of “Lauriana” at R Bistro on Monday, September 2.

Also read: Bangs Garcia at her most daring

Because of her conservative family, “Lauriana” might be Bangs’ “first and last daring film ever.”

“It doesn’t mean naman na kapag nagportray ka ng certain role ay ganoon ka na sa totoong buhay. Iyon ang gusto kong patunayan sa mga audience. Sinigurado ko na bago ko ito tinanggap, nagpahinga muna ako sa sexy roles.”

Bangs plays the title role —that of a dancer in the ‘50s – in “Lauriana.” She revealed that although she has a 15-minute love scene in the movie, this is not the focal point of the project.  It’s the story itself.

“It’s also an advocacy for women’s rights. Another important point is parang guide ito sa mga magulang to watch out for their children, kasi yung bata dito ay exposed sa mga hindi magagandang bagay.”

Does she have limitations in going sexy for the movie?

“We’ll leave that a surprise. Basta ginawa ko ang lahat ng hiningi sa akin ni direk Mel Chionglo and I went as far as I can.”


As for her love life, Bangs isn’t dating anyone. But unlike before, when she didn’t want to get linked with showbiz guys, Bangs  is now open to dating celebrities.

“I’ve never been with a showbiz guy before. Siguro dahil may wall ako, closed yung doors ko sa kanila. Pero sabi rin nila, since I’m not dating anyone right now, I’m also getting old, I think wala naman masama kung magboyfriend ako ng taga showbiz. So, if ever, na may dumating sa buhay ko na sa tingin ko na may potential na siya ang right guy for me, then why not? Mage-entertain na ako.”

Her previous relationship ended early this year and Bangs is in no hurry to find new love.

“Hindi ko masasabing gusto, hindi ko rin siya hinahanap. Kapag may dumating, I will entertain. Pero ngayon, sobrang focused ako sa career.”

She has high standards in choosing a man.

“Masyado raw akong perfectionist. Mapili ako. Very important for me na matalino ang guy. Someone na can cope with conversations with me kasi madaldal ako. Kailangan matalino. Kailangan maganda ang family background niya. As much as possible, intact family. And God-fearing.”

Directed by Mel Chionglo and written by Ricky Lee, “Lauriana” opens  September 11 in all SM Cinemas as part of the Sineng Pambansa All Masters Edition film festival.

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