Bond Girl Rachel Grant on Pinay Pride and Human Nature

Manila Bulletin, October 22, 2010 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Bond Girl Rachel Grant on Pinay Pride and Human Nature

She's beautiful and intelligent- but why do dogs think she's good enough to eat?

At a recent press conference to launch 'Bond girl' and "Die Another Day" villainess (whose character name was Peaceful Fountains of Desire, no less), Rachel Grant as Human Nature's first-ever global ambassador, the half-Filipina, half-Brit shared an anecdote about using the brand's proudly Philippine-made products.

"My favorite is the sunflower oil because I use if for so many things-eye make-up remover, my hands, cuticle- I'm wearing it today," she exclaims, with the sweetest laugh.

"I have one complaint though," she says. "When I put the moisturizer on, my dog will lick it off! In fact, when I was in an elevator in New York, I just put on the product 'cause I was going out, and this dog comes up to me and starts licking me! So I know they're good enough to eat!"

While Human Nature's founders, Gandang Kalikasan president Anna Meloto-Wilk and creative director Camille Meloto-daughters of Gawad Kalinga founder, Tony Meloto-wouldn't advise customers to eat their products, Grant's story just puts a different spin on it.

Discovering Human Nature just last January when her aunt brought her to the Lagaspi Sunday Market, Grant says she is impressed with them especially when the shampoo she's used restored her hair from its "bad condition" resulting from her work. "I was like, 'This product is really good, and it comes from the Philippines!'"

Bonding with James Bond

Grant started her show business career doing TV shows in England, including her own show on the Sci-Fi channel. "I'm half Filipina, so I was able to stand out from the rest of the crowd- with all these white English girls. In my classroom, I was the only Asian girl- I was kind of classified as Asian. To me it's really been a blessing. I was a first-generation of half-Filipinos in England. I've always been very proud of my Filipino roots."

In fact, during the press con, she kept insisting that Filipinas are beautiful and that they should not desire to change how they look or the color of their skin. This sentiment was echoed by Gandang Kaliksan, Inc. VP, Dylan Wilk, who points to his wife Anna Meloto-Wilk when talking about Filipina beauty.

Grant's biggest break in Hollywood came by way of a brush with an international spy and notorious womanizer, James Bond. Sharing a story about then-Bond, Pierce Brosnan, she recalled him being a bit of a flirt on the set and getting the biggest surprise when he was able to tell that she had Filipina blood. Apparently, Brosnan thought there was "something else there" other than her British lineage, and could tell because he himself had some Filipino friends.

For Grant, the Bond movie "was kind of my little ticket that really put something on my resume that people would go, 'Wow!

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Bond Girl Rachel Grant on Pinay Pride and Human Nature


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?