On November 1, 1974, Sharmila Velasco Pribhdas-Shahani was born in Davao City. Philippines. Sharmaine Arnaiz to the Filipino audience, she is a versatile actress in the showbiz industry. Sharmaine’s father is of Indian descent and her mother is an Ilongga. Her younger sister, Bunny Paras is also an actress. Her mother and the mother of famous celebrities Patric and Cheska Garcia are sisters. They are all blessed with good looks which become their asset to join in the entertainment business.
Sharmaine Arnaiz met Che Ochoa which is a relative of actor Dominic Ochoa, of which she had a relationship that led to a marriage and bore them three children, Gabriel, Miguel and Amisha Natalia. Sharmaine was so preoccupied with her family and after the death of her father, she focused on taking care of her children.
It was in one instance that Director Maryo delos Reyes met Sharmaine and he encouraged her to make a comeback. Although hesitant because of the weight that she gained, delos Reyes assured Sharmaine that she will be given roles that would fit her. Jojo Gabinete managed to give her the comeback that she needed. So far, she has the longest guesting appearance in the soap “My Beloved,” of GMA 7 in which she played the role of Marian Rivera’s mom. She was Michael de Mesa’s wife in “Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka,” which gave her a bigger role.
Che and her children have been supportive of her in returning to her acting career but sometimes reminds her if the work is taking too much time and making her too busy. Her sister Bunny is staying in the U.S, at the moment with her husband and they have a son, but her daughter by Mo Twister who is suffering from a rare disease affecting the spine. Sharmaine says she is hurt when people write and say that it was probably a bad karma to Mo. She says Moira has nothing to do with whatever her Dad is doing so people should shy away from saying hurtful and baseless accusations to her.
Sharmaine Arnaiz is enjoying her work on various TV appearances and hopes to stay busy in her acting career. She is still excited and overwhelmed by what the future in show business can offer her. The electronic billboard in where she modeled for a plus size Paddocks pants guaranteed that she did not regret her decision to revive her acting career. She also wants to be an inspiration to a younger generation of stars to truly love the craft and the people you work with.
Truly, once an actress will always be an actress and Sharmaine Arnaiz is not an exception. The people who have worked with her can only say beautiful and encouraging words to this seasoned actress. They say that Sharmaine is totally different from the rest of her colleagues who uses various styles in acting. She is sensitive and discerning and uses her heart to portray a role. Thus it comes out naturally.