Multimedia star Anne Curtis is ANNEstoppable!
Now, she embarks on another feather on her cap by being the latest Filipino to soon have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
The Kapamilya star joins boxing champ Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, and Miss Universe 2028 Catriona Gray as the only Filipinos to be immortalized in wax at the popular tourist attraction.
Celebrated as one of the most popular artists of her generation, the It's Showtime host will also make history by being the first Filipino TV host and actress to appear at the attraction's Hong Kong Glamour Zone next to Hollywood stars like Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Chris Hemsworth.
In an interview with PhilSTAR L!fe, Anne, who celebrates her 25 years in the industry, said it was indeed perfect timing when Madame Tussauds approached her. She said that she couldn't believe that they chose her.
"When I was first approached by Madame Tussauds, I was actually in a state of disbelief, I couldn't believe that it was coming up on me," the It's Showtime host told L!fe.
The actress continued, "I couldn't believe [it] 'cause 'Is this really happening?' And I was in Hong Kong at that time, so imagine the coincidence of being in Hong Kong and being part of Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong."
The wax figure will depict Anne in her iconic and recognizable pose. For the outfit, Anne said it's going to be a "fashion moment," one that "represents [her] career."
"We have [a] lot of choices, but eventually we thought about what would be a timeless piece. So it all boiled down to that because I felt that I have so many fashion moments, but what would remain timeless?" she said.
Preparing her wax figure
The much-anticipated figure of Anne is currently in work by Madame Tussauds Hong Kong’s skilled team of sculptors with production projected to run and set to be unveiled by the end of 2024.
“Coming to the sitting, I thought they’ll be plastering my whole body and I had to stay completely still and lay down like a mummy…but it turned out to be so easy! I only had to stay still while they take 360° photos and measurements of me. The skill they’ve used to measure me was so impressive,” shared Anne.
The 38-year-old actress also shared to L!fe that the whole experience was indeed an enjoyable moment for her.
"It was so much fun," Anne said. "When you get invited and say how long will it actually take, I said, 'Really? It takes that long?' But while you are sitting on the process, it actually goes by so fast because it's so interesting. I had so much fun seeing how a wax figure actually made. I'm so excited to see how they will bring this to life," the actress continued.
With a career spanning two decades, Anne told L!fe that she values her authenticity the most as it has been instrumental in her remarkable success in the showbiz industry.
"I feel like being in the industry is very hard especially now with social media, but I think that's (authenticity) what has helped me to stay in the industry for so long because I've stayed true to who I am," she said.
Anne, who started acting at the age of 12, has starred in a number of films and television series, such as Hiram, Dyosa, Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel, No Other Woman, and Sid & Aya: A Love Story. She was also recognized for her outstanding work by major Filipino award-giving organizations like FAMAS and Gawad Urian Awards.
Beyond her acting and hosting prowess, Anne is also a talented singer who has captivated audiences with her live performances. She successfully completed her "LUV-Anne" concert in 2022 and is set to embark on another concert in California in 2024.
She added: "I think and hope my fans and followers stayed with me throughout my journey because I tried to keep that throughout these years and I think that's so hard and I worked hard to keep it."
Originally opened in August 2000, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is the first permanent Madame Tussauds in Asia. It features 12 zones of glamourous Hollywood actors as well as K-pop stars, artists, musicians, and sports heroes. It has over 25 unique locations around the globe, from New York to Shanghai, Amsterdam to Sydney, and London where it started.