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They have been through a lot in forging their respective paths in showbiz. Now, Roxanne Barcelo and Will Devaughn are getting their second wind together.

Roxanne Barcelo and Will Devaughn may not be the biggest stars in Tinseltown but they are happy with the way things are.

Will Devaughn and Roxanne Barcelo

Roxanne, who started her career at GMA when she was just a teenager, believes show business is where she belongs.

“Anything that has to do with entertainment, iyon talaga ako eh, passionate ako doon. ’Yung skill set ko andoon, hindi ko ito basta pinasok blindly. I know it’s an uphill climb but I’m not in a hurry,” the actress said.

Will enjoyed popularity for sometime as a model but has given way to newbies.

“Okay na ako. Hindi naman sa sawa na pero give a chance to others na lang din,” was how he put it. “Masaya ako na hindi ako super sikat, na steady or chill lang.”

Roxanne has been busy of late, doing several films in a row including “Bloody War” and “Way Of The Cross.” She also plays Nathalie on ABS-CBN’s “Wildflower.”

“For the longest time, iniisip ko capable ako na actress pero wala akong pelikula to showcase my abilities. Thankful ako my perseverance has paid off. This year I have done a rom-com, an action film, and a risqué type of movie. I feel that slowly but surely I’m getting to where I want to be.”

She recalled a time when she was constantly facing rejection. She would’ve given up if not for her friends and family.

“Kahit na sabihin ng tao na ganito ako, ganyan, ayos lang. May home ako, may magulang ako who loves me unconditionally, may mga friends ako who remind me of my true value. So I stay grounded. ’Yung mundong ito, I embraced it but I will not let it eat me up.”

It’s harder for Will whose family is based in Germany.

“But I have since adjusted,” he maintained. “Ngayon, ang Pilipinas para sa akin is home. It has the best of all worlds.”

Is it because of Roxanne, we teased, knowing the two are in romance for four years now.

Will smiled and said, “Well, I won’t deny the fact she makes me happy. Very sweet siya, malambing at loving. At comedian din. Sobrang sarap niyang kasama. Effortless ’yung happiness namin, ’yung saya. Kapag magkasama kami, para kaming may sariling mundo.”

The model-actor was last seen on GMA’s “Trops” and “My Love From The Star.” He actually quit showbiz several years ago, until he found inspiration in Roxanne.

The actress-singer shared, “Kami ni Will mag-best friends kami. Tanggalin mo ’yung romance, strip it all off, we are best friends. Iyon ’yung core namin.”

The two star in the movie “I Found My Heart In Sante Fe.” In the film, Roxanne plays a charming islander who will fall for a businessman played by Will.

Opening in theaters in September, the movie by Blu Art Production highlights the beauty of Santa Fe in Cebu. It is part of the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ CineLokal.

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