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SURPRISE, SURPRISE – When Gwen Zamora starred in an indie, “Apocalypse Child,” she never thought of winning acting recognition. She simply wanted to try it after doing mainstream films and television shows.
Gwen was pleasantly surprised when she merited two nominations: best actress from Luna Awards (Film Academy of the Philippines) and best supporting actress from Urian Awards (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino).
Yes, in two categories for the same role, but film reviewer Mario Bautista explains the “Apocalypse Child” part can be considered both lead and support.
Directed by Mario Cornejo, “Apocalypse Child” is a make-believe tale in what happened after the Hollywood film “Apocalypse Now” was shot in Baler, Aurora. Gwen shot in Baler for one month along with Raymond Bagatsing and Sid Lucero, who played her leading men.
After indie, Gwen hope to try the theater.
MARRIAGE – Gwen is engaged to former Parañaque Councilor Jeremy Marquez, son of actor (and former Parañaque Mayor) Joey Marquez.
They plan to get married next year (March) in a Catholic church in Panglao, Bohol.
Colleague Lolit Solis says that Gwen is a devout Catholic even if she converted not too long ago.
Is Gwen quitting showbiz when she becomes Mrs. Jeremy Marquez?
No, but then she’ll give family priority. And that there’ll be limitations in choice of roles.
MULTI-RACIAL – Born in Australia 26 years ago, (Gwenaelle Tasha Mae Agnese), Gwen Zamora is multi-racial, like many other actors.
Her father is French-Italian, while her mother is Filipino-Viatnemese. They met in Paris.
By the way, fiancé Jeremy is 36.
At age 17, Gwen started in commercial and at 18 she was cast in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Enteng Kabisote,” followed two more “Enteng Kabisote” movies. Then came more movies and TV shows, including an international film “The Witness.”
She also stars in “Straight to the Heart,” the first film of director David Fabros.