Nadine Lustre, dubbed the Multimedia Princess for her success in movies, TV, music, and online, has just cemented her status as the best actress of her generation with her recent victory at the 2019 FAMAS Awards where she bagged the trophy for Outstanding Performances by an Actress in a Leading Role for her acclaimed blockbuster movie, ‘Never Not Love You.’
This is Nadine’s first film acting nomination and award from a major organization. Even more noetworthy is the fact that she won over a formidable group of nominees with mant award-winning A-list veterans including Judy Ann Santos, Angelica Panganiban, and Viva queens Anne Curtis and Sarah Geronimo.
“It’s so overwhelming,” Nadine says. “Nakaka-proud and humble at the same time to be given this honor by the FAMAS na institusyon na sa film industry.”
This new carrer milestone comes just 5 years after Nadine made her big breakthrough in showbiz via the movie ‘Diary ng Panget,’ which was shown in April 2014. That teen-oriented blockbuster instantly made her a household name and established her as a new princess of kilig.
Her acting skills got honed with subsequent movies and TV shows that saw her tackling more complex roles. Praises for her performances kept pouring in from ordinary viewers and critics alike, notably for her top-rating teleserye ‘On the Wings of Love’ where she played a simple Pinay girl who is forced to marry in order to legally stay in the US.
Still, many were surprised by the level of excellence she displayed in ‘Never Not Love You.’ But it’s less of a mystery now where Nadine drew her emotions from. In her acceptance speech at the FAMAS, she revealed that she was damaged in her personal life just a few months before she made the movie.
“October 2017 po kasi, merong isang malaking bagyo na dumaan sa buhay ko, and sobrang malaking damage po yung ginawa nito sa akin. Ilang beses ko rin pong gustong umatras. Pero iyong reason po kasi talaga kung bakit sobrang proud and sobrang unforgettable po nitong pelikulang ito para sa akin is kahit po nandoon po ako sa lowest point ko, naitawid ko po yung pelikula with flying colors.”
Her FAMAS trophy is further proof that ‘Never Not Love You’ was not a fluke as Nadine received even more raves for her follow-up movie, ‘Ulan.’ In fact, several showbiz watchers have said that she’s a shoo-in for more Best Actress nominations in next year’s awards race.
Nadine will showcase more acting fireworks, as well as her dancing skills, in her next film, the musical-drama ‘Indak’ which is scheduled to hit the big screen later this year. She is also set to return to television in a new show in ABS-CBN where she just renewed her exclusive contract for another year.