Heart Evangelista has reservations playing a contravida role. That's why when she was offered to play the role of Cassie Salcedo in Sarah Geronimo's primetime soap, Pangarap na Bituin, the chinita actress felt tentative and unsure.
"Nabasa ko po kasi dati na si Princess Punzalan pinagpapalo ng payong sa Megamall. E, ayoko naman pong mapalo ng payong sa Megamall," she beamed childishly during the September 26 presscon held by ABS-CBN to introduce Heart's participation in Pangarap na Bituin.
Heart was, of course, referring to actress Princess Punzalan's experience with overzealous fans as a result of her effective portrayal of a villain in Mula sa Puso a few years back.
But to Heart's amazement, the role of Cassie doesn't come across as your typical contravida. In fact, the character wasn't even made to wreak havoc on the lives of the two lead stars.
"Cassie is very nice and she's genuine so hindi siya contravida," said the young actress in defense of her role.
CASSIE'S COMEBACK. In Pangarap na Bituin, Cassie Salcedo is a world-renowned bag designer who comes back to the Philippines after living in the United States for a couple of years. Cassie's return to her home country is spurred by her desire to find her great love, Terrence (played by Jericho Rosales), and rekindle their short-lived romance.
But it won't be easy.
Upon her return, Cassie has to deal with Terrence's own fame as a popular band icon, plus his close friendship with childhood friend, Emerald Mendoza (played by Sarah Geronimo).
Terrence finds himself caught in the dilemma of choosing between the two women, who are both beautiful inside and out.
NO RIVALRY. With her inclusion in the soap, Heart dismissed people's fear that her presence might upstage Sarah in her own drama series.
"I don't think that will happen," Heart said, "Because first and foremost this is Sarah's show and we're playing different characters which have their own strengths and limitations."
Being a music fan herself, Heart has nothing but nice words for the Pop Princess.
"Okay kami and okay din ang working relationship namin. Mabait si Sarah and I enjoy working with her," said Heart with a smile.