TV5 star Eula Caballero admitted that she tried to avoid watching the pilot episode of her new sitcom One of the Boys.
“Bago pa siya umere, sobrang kaba ko.
“As in ‘yong family ko sinasabi, ‘Manood ka. Manood ka.’
“Pero ako, parang ayaw kong panoorin. Sobra ‘yong kaba ko na natatakot na akong panoorin.
“‘Tapos nakaabang na ako sa Twitter, nakaabang ako sa kung ano ang mga feedback ng mga tao.
“Doon lang ako nakatingin,” the 19-year-old actress told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other invited members of the press during the TV5-sponsored dinner at the recently concluded AD Summit Pilipinas in Subic, Zambales.
The said weekly sitcom TV5 is the first comedy show of Eula Caballero with Joey de Leon and the Filipino-British all-male group called Juan Direction.
This was one of the reasons Eula felt really nervous about the pilot episode of One of the Boys, which aired last May 3.
“To be honest, I was really stressed that day,” she recalled.
“Natatakot po ako kasi I don’t know kung ano ang response ng mga tao o feedback ng mga tao to that kind of offering ng TV5, na isang sitcom, nasa location, at may istoryang sinusundan.
“Parang it’s more of like formal sitcom, not the traditional sitcom.
“Sobrang nakakatakot din.
“Pero after that, sobrang fulfilling ‘yong mga results ng mga feedback ng mga tao.”
WORKING WITH COMEDIANS. Eula said that it helped that her role in the show is similar to her own personality in real life. As a result, she did not have a hard time adjusting from doing heavy drama to comedy.
“Siguro po because I’m a jolly person, ganun kasi ako in real life,” said Eula.
“Parang anything can make me laugh. I'm so easy to get along with because I can talk about anything, I can even go along with the humor of the boys.
“Siguro po, meron naman kahit papaano, kasi tayong mga Pinoy mahilig tayong tumawa.”
Eula added that working with distinguished comedian Joey de Leon made her job easier.
She explained, "He’s really fun. Masaya siya kasi he’s very easy to work with.
“At the same time, while we’re enjoying taping with him, we get to learn a lot from him.
“Like, how to memorize your script easily.
“Ini-impart niya talaga sa amin kung ano ang dapat namin matutunan, kung paano ang comedy na play lang—laruin lang and don’t be too stressed, huwag ma-pressure, just play and have fun on the set.”
She reiterated, “He is fun and at the same time, he’s like a teacher, a mentor to us.”
DIFFERENT LEADING MAN. In her previous TV shows on TV5, Enchanted Garden and Cassandra, Eula only had JC de Vera for her leading man.
The young Kapatid actress believes it was an advantage to work with the same person in different projects because, “Mas malayo ang mararating ninyo kung matagal na kayong magkasama.”
She added, “Kapag kumportable na kayo sa isa’t isa, mas malayo na ang mararating ninyo, mas malayo na ‘yong pwede ninyong abutin.
“‘Yon ang isang advantage kung sanay ka, if you stick to one leading man.”
Still, she welcomes the possibility of working with other actors in her future projects.
For instance, in One of the Boys, Eula is working with the five members of Juan Direction.
She pointed out, “Of course, nandoon talaga ‘yong you have to know the person.
“Parang back to zero ka every project, I have to know this person again, I have to establish friendship and rapport with this person again.
“Pero ang iba no’n, parang nasu-surprise ka. Like ako, minsan nasu-surprise ako.”
Eula stressed in the end, “It gives me an opportunity to learn more.
“May bago akong source of knowledge and it's nice to work with a new partner din onscreen.”
One of the Boys airs every Saturday at 9:00 PM on TV5.