People have been abuzz with Teri Malvar’s stellar role as a street child in Ralston Jover’s Hamog—recently, she bagged two international awards for her character: Best Actress at the Moscow International Film Festival, and the Silver George Best Actress award at the New York Asian Film Festival’s Screen International Rising Star Asia.
While Teri is the youngest Filipino actress to win a Best Actress Award in an A-list film festival, what makes her feat truly impressive is that she has already garnered three Best Actress awards. including her 2013 win, where she bested Nora Aunor for her role as Anita in Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita, her film debut. "I was also surprised when I heard my name because I didn't really expected that I would win an award," Teri recounts.
Prior to Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita, Teri did not have any experience in acting, but director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo immediately saw her potential. "She [Direk Sigrid] taught me how to feel, talk, walk, and be the character," Teri recounted. "I just trusted [Direk Sigrid]. I knew I was in good hands."
Fast forward to 2016, Teri’s unexpected casting in Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita has paved the way in making her, as director Louie Ignacio said in his post, “Ang pinakamagaling na aktres ng bagong henerasyon.” Yet, even with all the accolades she has been getting, she is still your typical jolly teenager. "I like making people smile and laugh," Teri shares, adding that her siblings would describe her as malambing and thoughtful.
Besides acting, Teri wants to be a travel and food host someday. "I love eating kahit na hindi halata sa body ko," Teri quips.
As she is making herself more known in the film industry, she already has a list of people who she likes to work with, which include Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, Jaclyn Jose, John Arcilla, Barbie Forteza, and John Lloyd Cruz, whom she was able to have a photo op with:
Despite the accomplishments she has achieved so far, Teri's down-to-earth approach with her rise to fame is one of the many reasons why this up-and-coming actress is sure to make us Filipinos proud so many more times. That and the premium she puts on education: "I'm conscious of always completing my assignments and projects on time," Teri explains, adding that she makes it a point to balance her time between studies and shoots.
Her message to those who want to be actors in the future? "Don't you ever try to compare your own self to others. Try to bring yourself up despite of what everyone's saying. Whatever you do... believe in yourself."
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Banner photograph from Instagram.com/theresemalvar