When asked about her decision to transfer from GMA-7 to ABS-CBN, Alessandra de Rossi replied, "Okay lang naman kasi parang trabaho ang gusto ko, e. Nandito ako, puro trabaho 'yong meron ako. Aarte ka pa ba? Siyempre hindi na."

Photo: Noel Orsal


Alessandra de Rossi reveals to the entertainment press that she already had her last taping for I Love Betty La Fea, where she played the role of an antagonist—ex-secretary and ex-lover of Armando (John Lloyd Cruz)—in Betty's (Bea Alonzo) life.


"One month lang, one month lang po ang guesting ko, tapos na ang aking role," said Alessandra, or Alex to some of her close friends, at the media junket prepared for her by ABS-CBN this afternoon, October 2, at the 9501 restaurant of the Kapamilya network.


She explained, "Kasi noong una, two weeks lang ako, e.  'Tapos nawala ako, bumalik ako week six na and seven. Open naman 'yong [character] ko."


Out of curiosity about her short role in Betty La Fea, Alessandra was asked if this was really the offer of ABS-CBN when she transferred from GMA-7.


"No, iba," she replied. "Nagkataon lang na pinasok din ako diyan [Betty La Fea] bago kung anuman 'yong plano nila sa akin."


Like in her former mother station, Alex said that she has no exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. 


"I'm always free to fly dahil...balimbing ako, e!" Alessandra said in jest.  "Mabuti na rin na hindi ka nakatali."


"KAHIT ANO'NG ROLE GAME AKO."  After Betty La Fea, ABS-CBN will give Alessandra another kontrabida role in its weekly fantaserye Komiks Presents Mars Ravelo's Dragona. Alex also mentioned that her new home station is brewing another teledrama that includes her in the cast.


When asked what type of character she will portray in the said drama series, Alessandra immediately answered, "Siyempre kontrabida! Hindi ako puwedeng magbida, walang magkokontrabida sa akin!"


Alex said that she's actually open to any role that will be given to her, "Kahit anong role naman, game ako. Huwag lang makakasira sa aking pagkatao."


As for the villain role, Alessandra said she's more comfortable with it than with a heroine's character. She explained, "Siyempre doon ka nag-start, kumbaga, doon ka na-typecast. Pero okay lang, madali rin siya kaysa sa bida, e. Hindi ko rin kaya ang responsibility ng bida, masyadong mabigat."


ON MMK'S  "PEDICAB." After tackling different contravida roles, the 24-year-old actress showed to the public that she can also do justice to a "good" character in her recent appearance in Maalaala Mo Kaya. In the episode "Pedicab," John Lloyd Cruz shared the spotlight with Alessandra as she played the character of a schizophrenic's wife. The young actor praised Alex for her outstanding performance in the episode.


However, Alessandra did not take all the credit, instead she said it must have two of them to create moving episode like "Pedicab."


"Ako din naman, nabilib din naman ako sa kanya [John Lloyd], in fairness talaga. Nagkataon lang na iba kami ng atake. Siya 'yong kailangan ng time para mag-prepare, ako in a snap okay na ako. Pero pareho lang naman kami, kailangan lang namin magtulungan at mag-intindihan.


"Natutuwa rin ako na, alam mo 'yon, walang naiwan, nagawa namin nang maayos yung performance. Magaling din naman siya. Hindi ko rin naman 'yon magagawa kung hindi maaling yung kaeksena ko," said Alex.


Alessandra will also be part of OctoArts's official entry to the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival, One Night Only.  She will also have a weekly column in Philippine Gazette.


With the several projects that she already did in ABS-CBN and with the others that are lined-up for her, could Alessandra say that she's already adjusted to her new home network?


Alessandra said that it was hard to leave the Kapuso network, where she stayed for eight years, but, "Isa siyang challenge na kailangan mong i-overcome, first few months lang naman 'yan."