Lauren Young's new indie film carries her advocacy

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


LAUREN Young gets the opportunity to promote her advocacy as she plays a nurse in her latest independent film called Big Kiss.

The 20-year-old Kapuso actress, in a conversation with the Davao entertainment press last June 21 at Chippens Buffet Restaurant, revealed that breastfeeding is among her greatest advocacies that’s why she’s grateful that she can actually promote it among teenagers through Big Kiss.

“That will be shown in schools. It’s about breastfeeding and the importance of that…It also talks kung paano ang system sa isang women’s hospital,” she shared.

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In the movie, fellow Kapuso actress LJ Reyes plays the role of a girl who got pregnant at such a young age and was admitted in the hospital where Lauren served as a nurse.

“It’s also about the choice of having an unwanted pregnancy,” she said, adding that Big Kiss is “actually a very controversial film” yet informative.

“It’s a very informative movie na be careful especially [that] if you don’t have means to support the child,” she said.

Having observed the depth of Lauren’s answers, the press asked her where she gets such motivation towards her advocacy. She then shared the story of a young girl she once met and talked to.

The girl got pregnant at the age of either 13 or 14 years old by a man who was already in his 20s. This scenario, as Lauren would put it, is like rape.

“Nandoon lang s’ya sa hospital. Hindi s’ya nakapag-aral because first of all, she’s a child who’s having a child so the baby didn’t come out healthy. She got stuck in the hospital for five months already because of the baby’s condition,” she said.

Having heard of this experience, Lauren felt that it’s her duty to make people more aware and understand that it’s hard to take on a responsibility at a very young age.

“She’s a child and she deserves to have a childhood,” she said.

With the absence, or lack, of sex education in the Philippines, the film aims to educate the students on the reality of young parents’ lives, and the consequences that they have to bear because of certain lapses.

Does Lauren hope for an acting award for Big Kiss? The young actress was quick to add that although it’s always a dream of every artist to bring home an award, she doesn’t make it as a motivation for her to constantly give her best shot in every project that she has.

“It’s always a dream to be an award-winning actress but I don’t want it to define my being an artist,” she said.

Lauren commits to continuously use her influence as an artist to educate people and won’t make the financial component of her projects become her motivation.

“If you put on a good performance, it doesn’t matter how much you earn. And people will always remember that,” she said.

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Should you have comments and suggestions, please feel free to reach me at mendoza.jennygrace@gmail.com.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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