Kyline Alcantara, 16, is very grateful now that she finally landed her first-ever lead role after being in showbiz for eight years.
Kyline, who is now with GMA-7, topbills the afternoon teleserye Inagaw na Bituin, together with fellow young stars Therese Malvar and Manolo Pedrosa.
Having started out as a child star, Kyline first ventured into theatre acting at age seven, and then started doing ABS-CBN projects at age eight.
She remained a Kapamilya for five years before she signed up with GMA-7 in 2017.
“Siyempre sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam and sobrang thankful po kami sa bawat Kapusong nanonood ng Inagaw na Bituin,” she said about the show, which premiered on February 11, 2019.
She added, “Kahit bago pa lang po kami, sobrang pinaghihirapan po namin para po maraming manood, maraming magsubaybay.”
Kyline’s transfer to GMA-7 proved to be a good decision as far as her career is concerned.
People were impressed by Kyline’s acting skills in her previous teleserye, Kambal Karibal in 2017, and established her as a promising Kapuso artist.
While she is finally reaping the fruit of her labor, it was not an easy journey for Kyline.
Having started at a young age, Kyline has experienced being turned down many times.
She started out by playing minor roles in ABS-CBN shows such as Mutya (2011), Lumayo Ka Man sa Akin (2012), and Annaliza (2013).
“Pumasok po ako sa industry nung eight po ako, so don pa lang, I’ve absorbed many rejections, many negative reactions, many negative thoughts tungkol sa akin,” she revealed in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and two more entertainment reporters at the Kapuso Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City, last Saturday, March 2.
“Kumbaga, that made me weak nung time na yon.
“But now [they] made me stronger than ever, because habang tinatahak ko po yung career ko ngayon, iniisip ko, ‘Okay, I need to work harder, I need to be focused, because I want to prove them wrong.’”
She continued, “Mas eager po ako, hungrier, in a good way, in a positive way… Kumbaga, kung may darating man pong bagong project, I’m just gonna indulge it. I’m not gonna [say] 'Ayoko po 'yan, Ayoko po ng ganon.’ Kumbaga, indulge lang ng indulge.
“Kumbaga, sabi ko nga po sa [GMA] Artist Center at handler ko po, ‘Don’t mind my sleep, don’t mind my rest because ako na ang bahala don. Just give me work, and I can handle it.’
“Gusto ko lang po talagang magkatrabaho kasi sobrang habang panahon ko po siyang pinaghandaan. Habang panahon ko pong inantay,” she explained.
Kyline is also thankful to GMA not only for the big break but also for pushing her to do more.
“Ako po kasi pag sinasabi nila kung ano ang gusto kong gawin, lagi kong sinasabi kontrabida, coz it’s my comfort zone.
“Tsina-challenge po ako ng GMA na umalis sa comfort zone ko, lumampas sa comfort zone ko, and now, sana mabigyan ko siya ng justice,” she said, referring to her role in Inagaw na Bituin.
“Don po ako nahirapan; sa pagiging mabait, na hinahayaang magpa-api.”