What made Carmina Villarroel say yes to kontrabida role in GMA-7’s Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat

by James Patrick Anarcon
Feb 16, 2021
Carmina Villarroel on Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat character: “Si Dulce, since medyo mahina nang slight, hindi nakakapag-isip nang diretso kaya napapahamak."
PHOTO/S: Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat (GMA-7)

Carmina Villarroel is playing a kontrabida in GMA-7’s upcoming afternoon teleserye, Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat.

She takes on the role of Dulce, the ex-wife of Victor (John Estrada) who returns after years of estrangement from her kids (Kristoffer Martin and Liezel Lopez) to claim what she believes is rightfully hers.

Along the way, Dulce plots evil schemes against Victor’s new family: his new wife Christine (Tanya Garcia) and daughter Iris (Pauline Mendoza).

But, totoo ba, Carmina has qualms about doing kontrabida roles?

During her PEP Live interview on January 26, 2021, Carmina answers yes and reveals her reason.

The 45-year-old actress feels she already had her fill of kontrabida roles in ABS-CBN shows, such as Esperanza (1999), Oka Tokat (1999-2002), Got To Believe (2013-2014), Bridges of Love (2015), and Doble Kara (2015-2016).

CARMINA villarroel: A RELUCTANT KONTRABIDA

So, before Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat, she didn't plan on becoming a villainess again on TV.

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She explains, “Actually, hesitant na talaga akong tumanggap ng mga kontrabida roles only because nahihirapan ako because it’s so not me.

“Nahihirapan kasi ako na palagi akong sumisigaw, palagi akong galit. E, hindi pa naman ako sumisigaw at hindi pa naman ako nagagalit. So extra effort on my part every time I shoot a scene."

So what changed her mind?

Carmina tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “First time ko magpo-portray ng kontrabida sa GMA that’s why I said yes to this project.

“But anyway, to cut the long story short, because it’s the first time na mapapanood ako ng mga Kapuso din na kontrabida.”

Since Carmina’s comeback with GMA-7 in 2017, she has been playing kind, motherly roles in teleseryes Kambal, Karibal (2017-2018) and Kara Mia (2019).

Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat now gives Kapuso viewers a chance to see a different Carmina.

“Kasi siyempre for the longest time, ever since na nalipat ako sa GMA, palaging mabait iyong role ko—mapagmahal na ina, mapagmahal na asawa, so ngayon, iba!”

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The creative team of Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat has also made sure that Carmina as a kontrabida will bring something new to the table.

“Kaya rin ako napa-oo sa project na ito kasi natuwa talaga iyong creative team kasi if ever, its going to be the first time na gaganap ako na kontrabida sa GMA.

“Siyempre nandoon pa rin iyong mapagmahal na ina. Anak ko dito si Kristoffer at saka si Liezel, so hindi pa rin mawawala iyong pagiging nanay.”

MAKING A KONTRABIDA ROLE EFFECTIVE

If kontrabida roles are very far from her personality, how does Carmina give an effective performance?

“Kaya nga siguro lalabas na iyong acting mo kasi as Carmina, I really don’t get mad, I don’t shout.

“Hindi ako confrontational, hindi ako palaaway na tao. As you all know, I’ve been in this business half of my life at wala naman kayo narinig sa akin na inaway ko or kinompronta ko si ganoon. I’m a very peace-loving person.

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“So doon lalabas ang acting ko. It’s very challenging, it’s very difficult emotionally and physically kasi nga talagang uma-acting ako, e.

“Kada scene napapagod ako kasi palagi akong galit, palagi akong sumisigaw.”

As an example, Carmina points to Dulce and how different the character is from her own personality as a mother.

“Ayun nga lang, ang medyo pinagkaiba ni Dulce and si Carmina, of course as Carmina, gagawin ko naman ang lahat para sa mga anak ko, pero not to the point na may maaapakan na akong tao.

“Hindi naman siguro ako magiging selfish para meron ang mga anak ko.

“Si Dulce, since medyo mahina nang slight, hindi nakakapag-isip nang diretso kaya napapahamak.

“Hindi naman talaga siya legit na masama, e. Because of the situation na haharapin ng isang tao or because dahil sa kahirapan kaya napupunta sa kasamaan, medyo ganun si Dulce, sad to say.

“Si Dulce, very sincere naman siya, pero because of the situation, napapahamak siya, but when it comes to love at sa pag-aalaga, very sincere naman siya.”

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What she does love about Dulce is that the character has her fair share of light moments as a breather from the over-the-top, always-shouting villain scenes.

Carmina continues, “Iyong pagiging kontra ni Dulce dito, may twist nang kaunti. I want it to be natural kasi meron naman talagang medyo kontrabida talaga sa buhay natin, di ba?

“So ako, ayoko iyong stereotype na kontrabida. Ito, nilaro ko, iyon iyong abangan niyo. Parang medyo may nakakatawang factor siya.”

Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat is set to premiere on February 22, 2021 on GMA’s Afternoon Prime block, taking over the timeslot of the top-rating drama series Prima Donnas.

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Carmina Villarroel on Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat character: “Si Dulce, since medyo mahina nang slight, hindi nakakapag-isip nang diretso kaya napapahamak."
PHOTO/S: Babawiin Ko Ang Lahat (GMA-7)
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