Angelika dela Cruz is now back on GMA-7's Telebabad via Mundo Mo'y Akin.
This Kapuso teleserye started airing last March 18, replacing Pahiram ng Sandali, which was topbilled by Lorna Tolentino, Christopher de Leon, Dingdong Dantes, Max Collins and Alessandra de Rossi.
In Angelika's new soap, the story follows best friends Perlita and Rodora. She explains the show's plot by saying, "Parehong pangit and when you're that ugly, nilalait ka ng mga tao, kinukutya ka, but you need to accept it na parang okay lang, sige, tanggap mo na..."
Angelika plays Rodora while Sunshine Dizon is cast as Perlita. Angelika, describes her character by saying, "Ako yung tipong, wala na bang pagbabago etong buhay natin, I want a change." As the story progresses, Rodora improves and becomes beautiful and this transformation complicates her life and provides the twists in the story.
Sunshine makes her comeback to television after a three-year hiatus. She previously worked with Angelika in Umulan Man O Umaraw and Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin. Joining them in the cast are Jolina Magdangal, Gabby Eigenmann, and Jaclyn Jose. This teleserye also features the love team of Alden Richards and Louise delos Reyes and newcomer Lauren Young who used to be with ABS-CBN.
What excites Angelika about this project is that "the character is really fun to play with, kasi si Rodora, kahit inaapi siya, jologs siya, tapos palaban siya. So nung gumanda siya, hirap na hirap siya itago yung pagiging jologs niya." Angelika got to enjoy the range of emotions, especially when Rodora gets angry. "May moment na lumalabas yung pagka-jologs niya, pero tinatago niya kasi dapat pasosyal. Ang sarap laruin ng character niya."
Angelika, who is married and has a son named Gabby, is one of the actresses in the Philippine showbiz landscape who understands what longevity means. She is asked to describe it, and answers candidly, "siguro multi-vitamins, kasi sa industriya natin kailangan marami kang alam gawin, e. Kapag iisa lang yung alam mong gawin, mahirap, e. So pag gusto mo tumagal, kailangan pwede ka magcomedy, pwede ka magdrama, pwede ka magkunwa-waring paseksi, pwede kang kumanta, pwede kang sumayaw, kailagang ganoon. So multi-vitamin, halo-halo, bitamina!"
Is there anything left on Angelika's bucket list when it comes to projects or roles given that she has done so much already? "Sa mga proyekto, hindi e, kasi...sa akin kasi kapag may dumarating, saka ko lang siya inaaral, wala na ako nung tipo...yung mga gusto ko gawin...sa akin kasi isa sa mga bucket list ko ay makatapos ng Ironman." Angelika is joining a grueling triathlon and training for it this summer, while her husband Orion Casareo is joining Ironman Australia.
The actress, who considers mom Angelica Egger as a strong inspiration because of her emotional strength, has learned that "ang hirap mag expect tapos iba yung darating sa 'yo, natuto na ako na kung ano yung darating sa akin, papagandahin ko!"
And given a choice, if Angelika ever found herself stuck on island, she says she'd want to be stuck there with her husband, "Nag-iisa lang yun kasi isa siya sa pinaka-fun na person na nakilala ko and pwede kami tumagal ng kahit na ilang taon na nagtiktak-talak, at marami kaming gagawin...beach yun," she grins in a very mischievous manner.
When asked to use the show's title in a sentence, Angelika said with a laugh: "Mundo Mo'y Akin kaya ibigay mo na, huwag mo ipagdamot."