“Sobrang excited ako at kinakabahan.”
That was how Janine Gutierrez described her feeling about playing a lead role for the first time.
She will reprise the role of Lynette Quintana, played originally by Donna Cruz, in the remake of GMA Network ‘90s hit teleserye Villa Quintana.
“Naghalu-halo na po lahat ng emosyon. Sobrang thankful ko po talaga na nakasama ako rito,” Janine added when she was interviewed by PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media after the press conference of the drama series last Friday, October 25.
Janine is the daughter of actors Ramon Christopher Gutierrez and Lotlot de Leon, and granddaughter of actor Eddie Gutierrez and veteran singer-actress Pilita Corales.
The young Kapuso actress admitted that being in a family of actors is an added pressure for her.
She related, “Medyo mas mataas po talaga ang expectations sa akin kasi po kilala na mga artista ang mga kamag-anak ko.
“Minsan people can expect na kahit unang salang mo pa lang dapat galingan mo.
“Pero siyempre, ginagamit ko na lang po ‘yon na kailangan galingan.
“Pagbubutihan ko po talaga kasi dala ko po ang pangalan nila, e.”
Janine said she also always keeps in mind the advice of her parents.
“Lagi po nilang pinapapaalala na, ‘Do your best’ at ‘Huwag sayangin ang opportunity na ‘to.’
“Kasi, alam ko naman na once in a lifetime talaga ‘to so, nararamdaman ko din na dapat talaga galingan.”
NEW LOVETEAM. In Villa Quintana, Janine will be paired for the first time with young Kapuso heartthrob Elmo Magalona, who will portray the character of Isagani Samonte. It was previously played by Keempee de Leon.
Since this is a new partnership for Elmo, who was popularly paired with Julie Ann San Jose, Janine did not deny she has been getting all sorts of reaction from their fans.
“Siguro mayroon pa ring mga naninibago,” she said.
However, the young actress is happy that the reactions she gets from Twitter are mostly positive.
“Nagpapasalamat pa rin ako talaga kasi nangingibabaw ‘yong mga sumusuporta.
“Kinilig ako sa mga fans ni Elmo kasi tinu-tweet nila ako na susuportahan nila ang show.
“Nakakatuwa, I didn’t expect it.”
THE PLOT. As Isagani and Lynette, Elmo and Janine will retell a story that represents how sweet young love can be.
Isagani is the lovechild of Robert (Paolo Contis) and Lumeng (Sunshine Dizon) but will grow up knowing that his father is Felix (Raymart Santiago). He lives a simple life in the farm together with his parents. He eventually falls and fights for his love for Lynette.
Meanwhile, Lynette will be mistaken by Don Manolo (Roy Alvarez) as the child of Robert and Lumeng. Thus, she grows up living a comfortable and affluent life. She requites Isagani’s affection.
As the story unfolds, viewers are set to find out if their love for each other will prevail despite the conflict between their families. Everything changes when Lumeng discovers a secret of the Quintanas that overturns odds, a detail from the past that affects the fate of the young couple's love for each other.
Joining Janine and Elmo in the cast are Maricar de Mesa, Tanya Garcia, Kyla, Marky Lopez, Juancho Trivino, and Rita de Guzman.
The Villa Quintana remake will be directed by actress-director Gina Alajar.
It will premiere on November 4 on GMA Afternoon Prime.