Dawn Zulueta (MNS Photo)

Dawn Zulueta (MNS Photo)

SEASONED actress Dawn Zulueta said she is fortunate to have been given the opportunity to continue her passion for acting despite being in her mid 40s.

The mother-of-two returned on television in 2011 when she did the remake of the original 1997 hit series “Mula Sa Puso” opposite Enrique Gil, JM De Guzman, Lauren Young, Eula Valdez and Ariel Rivera.

After the show ended, she immediately signed up for “Walang Hanggan” topbilled by Julia Montes and Coco Martin. The said series was also her reunion project with perennial love team, actor Richard Gomez.

“I really consider myself so lucky because at my age, you don’t really expect na hinahanap ka pa rin ng mga tao and they want you in their projects,” said Dawn.

Dawn was more surprised when people were raving on her come back team-up with Richard. She said it feels like the 90s again, but this time they have younger audience cheering for them.

Mas lalo ‘yun ang nakakagulat kasi hindi naman talaga namin ini-expect yun. Nakakatuwa kasi (‘yung fans) buma-bagets sila,” said the actress.

Dawn also did “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin” with Rayver Cruz, Cristine Reyes, Gerald Anderson, Tonton Gutierrez and Dina Bonnevie, which ended mid November.

According to Dawn, it’s difficult to maintain a successful showbiz career and a happy family life, and that’s why she’s thankful for the undying support and love of husband, Davao Del Norte Representative Anton Lagdameo.

She said her husband and children will remain her utmost priority.

“It’s really a balancing act because you have to make time for the kids. Hindi pwedeng makalimutan ko ‘yung responsibilities ko as a mom and wife,” she said.

“Nag-iba na ang priorities ko (dahil sa family) pero sa awa naman ng Diyos, my husband is very understanding. He already understands the nature of my work,” she added.

Right after the New Year, the actress will be back on television via “You’re My Home” opposite Gomez.

Dawn dismissed rumors that the new project will not push through because Richard will be busy helping his wife, Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, in rehabilitation of typhoon-hit province of Ormoc.

The actress said they will start taping for the series this week and will take a short break just in time for Christmas and New Year.

Tuloy parin kami. As a matter of fact, next week na kami magro-roll for the pilot taping. (The airing is next year) but hopefully not too early next year kasi kulang na ‘yung araw this year. Parang di pa kami makakabuo ng pilot week. So, I hope makapondo muna kami before umere,” Dawn said.

Aside from the teleserye, Richard and Dawn will be featured in one movie set for release on the latter part of 2014. (MNS)