Balik-teleserye ang magaling na aktres na si Cherie
Gil sa pamamagitan ng bagong afternoon soap ng ABS-CBN na Pieta. Cherie plays
the role of Amanda, ang mabait ngunit palabang ina ng bidang si Rigor (Ryan Agoncillo). Ang yumaong beteranang aktres na si
Ms. Charito Solis ang orihinal na Amanda sa pelikulang Pieta.
May pressure ba na si Ms. Charito Solis ang unang gumanap sa
role ni Cherie sa Pieta?
"Medyo," pag-amin ni Cherie nang makausap siya ng PEP
(Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa presscon ng Pieta na ginanap last Tuesday,
October 21, sa Dolphy Theater sa ABS-CBN.
"She was my teacher, my mentor. She
taught me a lot in acting. My first experience in filmmaking was with her. She
played my mother. Nasigawan na ako niyan. Napagalitan na niya ako.
Na-walkout-an na ako niyan. But I can never forget the things I learned from
her. I love her and I respect her.
"In fact, the last movie I made with Tita Chato was with
Carlo J. Caparas's film which is God Save Me, and I enjoyed that work
immensely. Because after many years of not working, na tumanda na ako and
grown up na, we were able to talk to each other in an adult fashion. And that
what has won me my first Best Supporting actress role. Tita Chato is one
actress that I truly loved and respected. And it is an honor that in fact I'm
playing a role that she did before."
CLOSER TO HOME. Mabait na ina ang ginagampanang role niya sa
Pieta. Of course, nakilala siya bilang kontrabida sa mga teleserye at pelikula.
Hindi ba siya nahirapan sa role niya?
"No, I think it's closer to home. I think it's more like me.
This is more human," sabi ni Cherie.
Inamin ni Cherie na natutuwa siya dahil ang character niya
ay hindi nagre-require ng magaganda at glamorosang damit na kadalasan ay
napapanood sa kanya sa mga past roles niya.
"At last I don't have to worry about what to bring from my
house. I don't have to bring my whole closet because all I needed was tsinelas.
For a change, I have no worries on what to wear. I am enjoying it really a lot.
"And I have to thank also Direk Toto [Natividad] and Direk Don [Cuaresma]. It's
just an amazing experience to work with them. Alaga talaga nila ako at
pinapaalalahanan about my old habits kumbaga, like there are moments na kapag
matapang na ang dating ko, bibigyan ako ng signal ni Toto na 'palambutin mo nang
konti'. Kasi siyempre I've been playing kontrabida roles for so long. And there
are moments na kapag kumakain ako nakakalimot ako, like yung paghawak ko ng
fork, yung ganun.
"It's really a great turning point now to do this part
especially to work with Ryan. I'm very excited. Who would have thought na we
were together in Star In A Million [si Cherie as judge at si Ryan as host] and
pareho kaming madaldal. It's always great to come to the set when there's
someone you can talk to. And I see in him the young Eddie Mesa, my dad, because
of the nose somehow. I love this moment. And I'm so thankful to ABS-CBN for
giving me this part. And of course to be playing Tita Chato's role in a
wonderful masterpiece by Carlo J. Caparas."
Ano ang challenge na na-encounter niya rito sa Pieta?
"Most of the scenes dito iyakan talaga. There comes a point
na one after another scene, mabilisan ba. So, ang challenge dito is to be
prepared all the time so may mahugot ako na fresh. Minsan nauubos na rin yung
luha mo. And, of course, si Direk Toto naman and Don know how to work with the
actors, mino-motivate nila ako."
So far, ano ang pinakamahirap na eksena na nagawa na niya
"Lahat ng mga iyakan," sagot ng aktres. "Pero other than that, I think yung
moment na I was approaching the body, supposedly the dead body, ang notion is
baka yung ang anak ko. How to show the relief of finding out that he wasn't my
son. And, of course, the fear without words. Sometimes the simplest scenes are
Nakilala rin siya sa memorable lines ng mga role na kanyang ginagampanan, gaya ng classic line na "You're nothing but a second-rate, trying hard, copycat!" sa Bituing Walang Ningning. Dito ba sa Pieta ay may aabangang memorable
lines sa kanya ang mga manonood?
"Kayo na lang ang makapagsasabi niyan. Kayo lang naman ang
gumagawa ng hype, e. But, of course, magagaling ang mga scriptwriters namin and
creative team. Who knows, baka magkaroon din ng memorable lines na sinasabi
Ayon kay Ryan, ayaw raw niyang tawaging Ate or even Tita si
Cherie, dahil she has that young vibe. Ano ang comment niya rito?
"Great! That's us, we can drink together, we can have fun
CHERIE IN REAL LIFE. What's the regular day para sa isang
Cherie Gil kapag walang trabaho?
"I'd love to stay home. I have the Internet. I have the
laptop. I go online and talk with my kids. I have Facebook and Multiply. You
have to be in, you know. Other than that, when I'm not busy, I'd dip sa pool.
I'd go to the gym or sa spa. I like to watch movies. But most of the time I'd
like to stay home."
What keeps her body well toned after all these
years in the business?
"Well, I think just by being happy. I try to keep a smile on
my face always. I do yoga. I go to the gym when I have time. And most
important, I eat breakfast. So if I can't eat the rest of the day, I'm okay."
Mabait na ina siya rito sa Pieta. Anong klaseng ina naman
siya sa totoong buhay?
"I'm a good mother," sagot ni Cherie. "Every mother wants to be a good mother.
I try my best to do better each day. That is my prime concern and priority, which
is to become better and better, even at a distance."
Nasabi ni Cherie na even at a distance dahil ang dalawa sa
kanyang mga anak, sina Bianca at Rafael ay kasama ng kanilang ama na si Roni
Rogoff sa Israel. Nami-miss na nga raw niya ang kanyang dalawang anak. Mabuti
na nga lang daw at kasama niya rito sa Pilipinas ang panganay niyang si Jay.
What's the best advise na naibigay niya sa kanyang mga anak?
"To be grateful always in whatever they chose to do. And
never feel that life is unfair. And whatever they decide to be, they can
achieve it, as long as they put their minds on it with the help of God."
Alam naman ng lahat na hiwalay na sila ng asawa niyang si
Roni. Taong 2004 pa nang magsimulang magkaroon ng problema sa pagsasama nila ni
Roni, pero sinikap pa rin nila itong isalba. Ngunit nabigo rin sila kaya nauwi
rin ang lahat sa hiwalayan. Kaya naman tinanong ng PEP si Cherie kung kumusta
na ang kanyang puso ngayon?
"I am great and I feel very blessed. I'm very
grateful. No reason to complain, no reason to cry. There are pains in life but
if you put it all together, life is still very good. My work is also a part of
that blessing. And even if I was not occupied, I'm still blessed with the
support of my family and my kids. I like hanging out with my family, my
brothers. I have the ability to travel. I'm in a place where I can do anything
I want to do. So, why should I complain?" huling sabi pa ni Cherie sa PEP.