Eula Valdes recalls hating that she portrayed Amor Powers: “Nawalan ako ng identity.”

Eula Valdes was an actress, reinvented, when she played the role of Amor Powers in the teleserye classic Pangako Sa ‘Yo. Now the role still haunts her as she confesses, “May time na talagang na-hate ko siya na kahit saan ako pumunta, kahit iba na yung ginagawa ko, si Amor pa rin yung hinahanap nila. Na-learn ko nang i-accept yun ngayon.”


As Eula Valdes enters the compelling romantic-drama Walang Hanggan, she feels an inevitable pressure.

She joins the Kapamilya primetime teleserye’s powerhouse ensemble— Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez, Coco Martin, Susan Roces, Helen Gamboa, Julia Montes, Paulo Avelino— and she comes in at the height of the show when conflicts among characters are explosive and moving. That the soap is rating well, adds to the tension she feels.

She is unfazed to take on the role of Black Lily, nonetheless. The seasoned actress welcomes the new challenge. She promises to give it her best, meanwhile seeking the guidance of directors Jerry Sineneng and Trina Dayrit.

At a solo press conference held July 5, Thursday night, at the Patio Carlito Restaurant, Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City, Eula expressed how seriously she takes acting.

“Ako naman po kasi, itong trabaho na ito, mula pagkabata pa lang, ito na talaga yung gusto ko.

“Hindi ko nafo-foresee yung sarili ko nung araw na doing office work or kung ano man. Ang masasabi ko lang, pinagbubutihan ko parati yung trabaho.

“Hindi ako nagpapabaya hanggang sa katapusan ng teleserye, hindi parang, ‘Patapos na tayo, e… Chicken-chicken na lang ito.’

“Hindi, hindi ako bumubitaw hangga’t hindi tapos yung kuwento.”

The 43-year-old actress has portrayed bida-kontrabida roles in the past, the most remarkable of which is the character of Amor Powers in the 2000 teleserye, Pangako Sa ‘yo. In the remake of Mula sa Puso, she played the wicked Celina.

How has she evolved as an actress who can play the protagonist in one soap and the antagonist in the next one?

Eula says, “Siguro mas nag-mature. Mas alam na… hindi tipikal na kontrabida ganito. Or kapag kawawa, ganito, iyak nang iyak.

“Tinatray [try] ko rin manood nang manood ng palabas. Pinapansin ko lang yung mga nuances, nago-obserba ako kung anong klaseng tao…

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“Kapag merong mga role na binibigay sa akin, inaalam ko kung anong background niya, saan papunta yung istoriya. Parang sariling research na rin, kung puwede siya maiba.

Eula is still open to learning. “Yun din sinasabi ko, gusto ko mag-aral sana ng acting. Sa atin kasi ‘pag binigyan ka ng role, lahat iyak na lang nang iyak. Or kapag pina-iyak ka, lalaban ka ‘di ba?

“Gusto ko ring maging mas totoong tao yung karakter.”

AMOR POWERS.

During the press conference proper, Eula was asked a forthcoming question. While she has played several characters over the years, it is still the Amor Powers character that is strongly associated with her. Is this a disadvantage or an advantage on her part?

Eula admits, “May time noon na na-hate ko si Amor. Kasi nawalan ako ng identity.

“Alam nila lahat [si] Amor, Amor, Amor. May time na talagang na-hate ko siya na kahit saan ako pumunta, kahit iba na yung ginagawa ko, si Amor pa rin yung hinahanap nila.”

The actress tells that she has overcome that predicament. “Na-learn ko nang i-accept yun ngayon. Blessing na rin na kahit papaano tumatak rin ako sa kanila at hindi na rin nila makakalimutan.”

Eula says that she would usually encounter young people coming up to her for a photo opportunity after which she is told, “‘Kasi paborito po kayo ng Nanay ko!’

“Alam ko na na yun ang kasunod,” chuckles Eula. “In-enjoy ko na na …masaya na ako na once upon a time, naggawa ko yung role na Amor Powers.

“Ini-embrace ko na yun. Although yun na nga yung nagiging peg lagi. Kapag rags to riches, laging Amor Powers.

“Pero okay na sa akin yun. Masayang-masaya na ako dun.”

ADVICE FOR NEWBIES.

Young actors have much to learn from a venerable actress as Eula Valdez. To them she has a message to impart: “Kailangan mahalin nila yung trabaho nila.”

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Eula tells them to work hard and study their roles thoroughly.

“Kailangan alam nilang gusto talaga nilang mag-artista, mag-research, manood ng mga pelikula, mag-observe ng mga tao.

“Pero ang pinaka-importante talaga yun alam nilang gusto nila ang trabahong ito.”

Eula regrets that the younger generation of actors today only get into showbiz for the money.

“Kasi napapansin ko rin kasi sa mga bata… ang showbiz ay business talaga sa kanila pero malayo ang puso nila dun.

“Gagawa sila ng pera and medyo magkaka-problema sa ugali nila kasi hindi naman talaga nila gusto yung pinasok nila pero ine-enjoy lang nila, gusto lang kumita and then… magtatayo ng sariling business.”

At the end of the day, passion is still key to a successful career.

Eula states, “Importante talaga [na] gusto mo yung ginagawa mo, mahal mo yung ginagawa mo.”


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