(L-R) Krystal Reyes, Barbie Forteza, and Joyce Ching topbill GMA-7's remake of Anna Karenina. (View photos: CAST: Anna Karenina)

Photo: Noel Orsal


Homegrown Kapuso stars Barbie Forteza, Joyce Ching, and Krystal Reyes lead the cast of GMA-7’s remake of Anna Karenina.

These three young actresses will reprise the roles of former teen stars Antoinette Taus, Sunshine Dizon, and Kim delos Santos, respectively, in of one of the popular local teleseryes in the ‘90s.

Barbie, Joyce and Krystal admit that they were not able to watch the original series. However, they are aware that they have big shoes to fill in GMA-7's remake.

In a recent interview, former child star Krystal states, “Sobrang nakaka-pressure po kasi sobrang ganda ng naging takbo ng Anna KareNina dati. Parang, ‘Kaya ba namin ‘to?’

“Kasi, noong binigay nila sa amin ito, alam nila na kaya namin.

“So, kailangan maibigay talaga namin ‘yong best namin para maging maganda.”

For her part, Joyce says, “Ako po, siyempre po, nape-pressure kasi nga remake ang gagawin namin.

“Excited din dahil ‘yong character ko ngayon is parang ibang-iba siya sa ugali ko talaga so, medyo nacha-challenge talaga ako.”

On the other hand, Barbie, the more senior among the three young celebrities when it comes to acting, is more excited than nervous about their new TV project.

She tells the media during the press conference of Anna Karenina, “Ako actually ay excited kasi maraming magaganap sa bagong Anna KareNina.

“At saka ‘yong cast namin, talagang napakagagaling, at si Direk Gina [Alajar] pa ang magiging director namin kaya excited ako sa gagawin namin.”

In the 2013 version of Anna Karenina, Donya Carmela (Sandy Andolong) will post a 10 million peso reward for whoever finds her granddaughter, Anna Karenina Monteclaro.

Hundreds of 15-year-old girls will claim the identity of Anna Karenina but most of them are fake; except for the three girls who showed authentic birth certificates and other proof—all three girls bear the same name yet they have different motives.


Barbie plays "Karen" Villarama, Joyce Ching is cast as "Nina" Fuentebella while Krystal Reyes portrays "Anna" Serrano.

Adding romantic and love angles in the series are Kapuso tween heartthrobs Derrick Monasterio, Hiro Peralta, and Julian Trono. Derrick plays Aldrin who becomes close to Karen (Barbie), Hiro is cast as Brian who becomes close to Nina (Joyce), while Julian portrays Brix who becomes close to Anna (Krystal).

Completing the cast of Anna Karenina are Yul Servo, Neil Ryan Sese, Juan Rodrigo, Allan Paule, Anna Roces, Maureen Larrazabal, Alicia Mayer, Maybelyn dela Cruz, Kathleen Hermosa, and Joanna Marie Tan. Starstruck alumna Yasmien Kurdi will also have a special participation in the series, as the mother of Anna Karenina named Maggi Monteclaro.