MANILA, Philippines – She may have just officially started her reign on Monday, January 4, but Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach already met a few stars when she did media interviews in New York.
In an interview with Inquirer Lifestyle on Tuesday, January 5, Pia admitted to being starstruck upon meeting Samuel L Jackson, during a guesting on LIVE With Kelly and Michael.
Just met @missuniverse @kellyandmichael met the new bachelor too, but didn't have my phone.... Damn! Hahahahaha A photo posted by Samuel L Jackson (@samuelljackson) on Jan 4, 2016 at 6:16am PST
I'm such a huge fan of @samuelljackson. # I can't believe I had the opportunity to meet one of my favorite actors during LIVE with @kellyandmichael. -Pia A photo posted by Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@missuniverse) on Jan 4, 2016 at 7:11am PST
"He's so nice," Pia said. "I love his movies. I would purposely watch it because he's there. At sinabi ko 'yun sa kanya (And I told him that)."
Pia also recounted that she covered her face with both hands when she saw him, and Samuel asked her why she reacted that way. The actor also commented that she looked taller in person.
But what got Pia giddy was Samuel's wish: "'I hope to work with you in a Hollywood set one day,'" Pia quoted the actor. "Grabe, ang bait niya; sobrang warm. Tapos nag-selfie kami sa phone niya (Gosh, he's so nice; so warm. And then afterwards, we took a selfie on his phone.)."
Pia also shared her encounter with actress Eva Longoria, who she met at another interview.
Look who made a surprise visit during my interview at @accesshollywood: @evalongoria and @kenpaves. -Pia A photo posted by Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@missuniverse) on Jan 4, 2016 at 8:50am PST
"I was doing an interview for Access Hollywood, tapos biglang pumasok si Eva Longoria. Sabi niya sa akin 'Hey Pia, congratulations.' Tapos nung mag-sastart na kami, sinamahan pa niya ako doon sa interview para mag-hi doon sa mga anchor na kausap ko, kasi nasa ibang studio sila. Ang bait niya, sobra."
(I was doing an interview for Access Hollywood when Eva Longoria suddenly came in. She told me, 'Hey Pia, congratulations.' And then when we were about to start, she accompanied me to the interview to say hi to the anchors I was talking to because they were in a different studio. She's so nice.)
"Tapos sabi niya, 'You're so beautiful.' Sabi ko, 'You're beautiful!' Oh my gosh. Grabe, ang babait nila, super (And then she told me, 'You're so beautiful.' I said, 'You're beautiful!' Oh my gosh, they're super nice)."
On Super Junior's Siwon and Tyra Banks
In the same interview, Pia was asked how she feels now that she's getting attention from other stars such as Super Junior's Siwon, whom she admitted to having a crush on in the past. Supermodel Tyra Banks also acknowledged her on social media.
In one of his posts on Instagram, Siwon sent a congratulatory message to Pia, and even invited her to watch the group's next concert.
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach :) Heartfelt Congratulations on your Miss Universe 2015 Award, and please be my guest for next SUPERSHOW! Looking forward to seeing you shining the world :^) A photo posted by SIWON CHOI (@siwon1987) on Dec 26, 2015 at 7:34pm PST
"I admire them both," said Pia. "I was a big fan of Super Junior when I was younger. I think I still am now."
"He's very cute," she added, about Siwon. "Of course he still is, especially now that he matured."
As for Tyra, Pia said that she learned so much from the model's TV show, America's Next Top Model (ANTM), especially when she was starting in showbiz and modeling.
Dang, girl. You betta #SMIZE, @PiaWurtzbach for the win, girl! #MissUniverse2015 #MissPhilippines #Pinoy pic.twitter.com/RuGjPZIk43 — Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) December 21, 2015
"I've learned a lot from Tyra Banks watching ANTM. I've picked a lot of tips from her na hindi niya alam na naituturo niya sa akin (that she does not know she taught me). So when I found out that she tweeted me – ang tagal kong pinag-aralan 'yung mga 'smize'(smiling with your eyes) na iyan (I studied how to 'smize' for so long)," she said.
Addressing Tyra, she said: "I really remembered all your tips and tricks that you once mentioned during the show. I really appreciate it."
Pia is set to appear in more TV shows for her media tour before plunging into her projects for Miss Universe. In one of her interviews, Pia said she respected host Steve Harvey for admitting his mistake, following the mix-up wherein he accidentally crowned Colombia's Ariadna Gutierrez.
Steve recently spoke about the incident on his radio show for the first time, saying that he tried to reach out to Ariadna to apologize, but never got a response. – Rappler.com