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How Elisse Joson Found Inner Confidence

By Janine Abejay
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How Elisse Joson Found Inner Confidence
This captivating actress proves there’s nothing a shy girl can’t do to achieve her dreams.

With her humble nature and undeniable charisma, you might think confidence has always been innate for actress ELISSE JOSON. But on the contrary, it took so much for the 23-year-old to come out of her shell and fully realize her potential. Now, she’s here to spread her wings and boldly face the world.

 

Before she became a housemate of the star-maker reality show, Pinoy Big Brother, Elisse was your resident hugot girl who starred in a tear-jerking McDonald’s commercial that got everyone clinging to their heartbreak back in 2016. Though this served as her much-awaited break, it was an entirely unexpected turn for her career. She shares, “I started auditioning for TV before I started doing commercials. It was actually the other way around. Usually, you get commercial gigs before you finally enter the TV industry. With commercials, it takes a lot of effort and time. I would always only get supporting roles for commercials, and I really wasn’t expecting to get the lead role for McDonald’s.”  

Jumpstarting her fame, Elisse had finally seen the fruits of her labor which had stemmed from her introverted childhood. As a young girl, she had already taken an interest in joining show business by actively participating in workshops, but her meek personality took over. One may assume that actors are naturally self-assured, but bravery was one thing Elisse had to develop to perform for the audience, with the encouragement of her mom and her experiences from her brief stay in the United States.  


“My mom actually pushed me to be confident so I was able to hone my skills. Before, I failed to showcase my talent because I’d get really nervous and shy to perform in front of a crowd. I overcame my shyness when my family moved to the States. That’s when I got over the fear of people. Of course, I needed to socialize and initiate conversations because I didn’t know anyone there.”

Currently, Elisse imparts her time acting for the Kapamilya Gold series Sandugo and is also currently filming The Mall The Merrier, a Metro Manila Film Festival entry with noontime favorites Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis. Aside from being a full-time actress and endorser, Elisse is also a businesswoman, sharing her love for comfort food in her very own cafe named Bites By Stylisse

Much to my surprise, Elisse was actually relatable—even with all the life roles she’s juggling left and right. Just before our photo shoot, she was casually sitting alone by the lobby when she sheepishly laughed as I went around looking for her, only to find out that she was just there amused with my search. With her down-to-earth persona, Elisse is no wonder a celebrity crowd-favorite. 

Below, the 23-year-old beauty muse shares how being bullied made her stronger, how she keeps her skin fresh and healthy, and how individuality has helped her grow her career.

 

You mentioned that you lived in the United States for a few years. What was your experience like?
It’s hard to live in the States especially when you’re someone new. It came to a point when I was bullied because I didn’t know how to speak English. Some places are particularly unaccepting of people who aren’t from there. That was really like throwing someone into the fire pit and then coming back stronger. It became really difficult for me, but I was able to overcome it by observing how people lived and learning to adapt to the environment. After I got the hang of it, it was easier for me to return to the Philippines with a more confident persona and thicker skin.  

How did you get your start as an actress?
After quite a while of staying in the US, we returned to the Philippines due to an emergency. Then, I decided to try my luck again and auditioned for Star Magic. Strangely, I was called back not because of my VTR but to be invited to the Star Magic Ball. I was only 15 years old. After that, I just kept going to auditions until I finally joined the Star Magic roster. It went very well. I persistently did workshops and guestings leading to my career today.

Who inspires you the most in the industry? 
Growing up, I would always watch local TV shows, and I immediately saw idols in actresses like Angelica Panganiban and Bea Alonzo. I’m really a fan of the Philippine TV industry and it’s safe to say that I look up to everyone. 

As you take on your successful acting path, who supports you the most in your goals? 
My mom has always been there for me ever since day one. She’s always there to push me to become better and more confident. She supports me every step of the way.

What’s something you still want to try as an actress?
For my recent iWant movie titled You Have Arrived, I did a little action stint and a few fighting scenes. I’d want to do something challenging like that again. 

When I was still living in the States, I didn’t really have that many friends, so I would always be on YouTube. That's when my interest in vlogging started.

You’re also on YouTube! How did you find interest in vlogging?
When I was still living in the States, I didn’t really have that many friends, so I would always be on YouTube. It was a big help for me, watching different kinds of beauty and lifestyle videos until I came across vloggers. That’s when my interest in vlogging started.

What kind of YouTube content will you be making more of in the future?
I’d like to do videos like shopping challenges, the type where you go to certain places and see how much I can shop with just a certain amount. The ones that are also helpful for viewers who watch my channel.

You took up Fashion Design and Merchandising for college. How do you see fashion as a creative means of expression? 
Aside from YouTube, what I did for fun as a kid when I was living in the States was sketching and drawing on the clothes of my dolls. It kept me entertained since I was an introvert and I don’t socialize that much. If I were to start my own clothing line, I’d probably venture into making summer dresses.

I noticed that my skin became more glowy when I started working out. It just improves my whole aura.

Let’s go into beauty. It’s undeniable that you have such perfect skin! How do you take care of your complexion in spite of long working hours?
Lack of sleep really causes me to break out, and that’s my main problem right now. My skin prefers a simple routine with just two steps. When I go overboard, I notice that it doesn’t work for my skin. 

What are the habits you do to keep your skin fresh and healthy?
I noticed that my skin became more glowy when I started working out. It just improves my whole aura. Of course, you need enough sleep to workout so it goes hand-in-hand.

We swoon over your makeup posts on Instagram. What’s your most favorite look thus far?
These makeup looks we’re doing now for Beauty Bubble! It’s out of the box, and I like the colors. It’s very bright and fun. As an actress, we’re not able to play around with creative makeup looks especially for events. It’s usually just glamorous looks with not much color. But my favorite go-to makeup look is soft brows and glowing skin.

Name your top 3 daily makeup staples.
Cheek tint, eyelash curler, and spot concealer.

When you’re not in the mood for a full-face, what makeup item would you wear alone?
I really need the lip and cheek tint, because some days I really look pale and I need the color.


How would you describe your personal style?
My style is minimal and feminine. I like it light and flowy.

Are you a high-heels lady or a sneaker girl?
I wish I were a high heels type of girl ‘cause I really need some height. But I always choose sneakers.

Who are your fashion inspirations?
I would say Olivia Palermo! Her style is very feminine. 


I’m already immune to them, but whenever I do feel bothered, I just delete my social media apps. It’s like a break and a refresher for me. After a day or two, I’m fine again.

Going back to your career, you currently fly solo without a love team. How do you value your individuality? 
I’m getting used to it more, and I’m actually enjoying it ‘cause I get to have my freedom which is really important for me. I can do anything, take any kind of role, and work with anyone. I also learn more after working with different people. 

With a massive following of 2.8M on Instagram, negativity is, of course, a feat that is unavoidable especially when you’re a public figure. How do you deal with negativity online?
I’m already immune to them, but whenever I do feel bothered, I just delete my social media apps. It’s like a break and a refresher for me. After a day or two, I’m fine again.

As a role model for young girls, how do you encourage them to be brave and confident?
Know your strengths and use them to your advantage. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Improve your skills to be better and stronger. Remember your strengths so you can present yourself confidently and face the world.

Remember your strengths so you can present yourself confidently and face the world.

 

Photographed by Andrea Beldua

Makeup by Mikka Marcaida

Hair by Aries Manal

Styled by Ryuji Shiomitsu

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