"You cannot put someone down just because meron pagkukulang. Meron naman tayong pagkukulang but that doesn't mean I'm less of a person. Nakakapikon. I think we should just stop now," said Gretchen Barretto before cutting an interview short. In this photo, a much calmer Gretchen is seen with Tonyboy Cojuangco.

Photo: Jude Bautista

In a photo shoot last June 16, Thursday, Gretchen Barretto took the time to talk with reporters regarding her upcoming teleserye, Alta, wherein she will be able to act opposite Angelica Panganiban, KC Concepcion, and Sam Milby.



This will mark Gretchen's return to acting after being part of ABS-CBN's fashionserye, Magkaribal.



Gretchen described her initial meeting with the cast of Alta.

"I think this will really be a successful show because the cast is very talented.

'Angelica has a lot of appeal and I think KC is really growing as an actress with each project that she has.

"Sam is so endearing, no wonder their film [Forever and a Day] is such a big hit," she said.

During this interview, one reporter asked her about finishing third year high school compared to her daughter Dominique who is now attending college.



Gretchen reportedly got offended and cut the interview short.

Before leaving the studio, the actress was quoted by ABS-CBN's TV Patrol as saying, "Does it matter at this point, because you cannot put someone down just because meron pagkukulang.

"Meron naman tayong pagkukulang but that doesn't mean I'm less of a person. Nakakapikon.

"I think we should just stop now." 

Later on, Gretchen and partner Tonyboy Cojuangco made an appearance at the Lobby Lounge of Shangri-La Hotel Makati for an event dubbed as the Fashion Watch Quartet.



La Greta had visibly cooled down and allowed herself to be interviewed again by the media.

She clarified what happened by saying, "I did not walk out.

"I just believe that people have a choice.

"When there's something you don't want to deal with you can walk away.

"If you don't like the situation and you feel it's sticky, walk away.

"We're all just human to get affected; I hope other media people can understand that."

It will be recalled that in April 2011, Gretchen hastily left a press conference after being questioned regarding her supposed rift with sister Claudine Barretto.  (CLICK HERE to read related article.)