Carla Abellana welcomes a new challenge in her upcoming TV series on GMA-7 titled Because of You.
The Kapuso actress is playing Andrea, a young woman left by her fiance on their wedding day and later on will find herself attracted to her boss.
Unlike her previous TV shows, Carla said Because of You requires less dramatic scenes and more comedy.
So, during the press conference of the show earlier this week, Carla told entertainment reporters, “Noong umpisa mahirap po kasi ang hirap ng comedy!”
But she quickly acknowledged her weekly show, Ismol Family, which helped her sharpen her comedic skills.
“Special thanks to Ismol Family, a year and a half na po kami. Doon ko ho napa-praktice,” she smiled.
When asked if she's okay to do such role, Carla answered, “Okay lang din naman po. Although, sa drama po ako nag-umpisa, 'yon po ang nakasanayan ko na po.
“Okay naman po, comedy is not a problem naman. Mas sanay lang sa drama kasi doon po ako nagsimula.”
Carla also thinks that the story will eventually evolve and will require her to do a bit of drama acting.
“I feel that it will eventually become a heavy drama.
“Hindi naman pwedeng mawala 'yong heavy drama sa kwento.
“Eventually, feeling ko, magkakaroon pa rin maraming iyakan at mabibigat na eksena,” she said about their show that will air its pilot episode tonight, November 30.
WORKING WITH GABBY AGAIN. This project, Because of You, reunites Carla with new Kapuso actor Gabby Concepcion.
The two stars previously worked together in the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival movie Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, where Carla played the role of Gabby's second wife.
How does it feel like to be paired with an actor who is the same age as her dad, Rey “PJ” Abellana?
Carla replied, “I'm okay kasi nga nakapag-work na kami before sa movie, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. At least, kahit papaano, na-break na 'yong ice, we've done emotional scenes together. At least dito, mas magaan naman po, happy-happy.”
From 2011 up to this day, Carla observed about Gabby, “Like what everybody is saying, hindi siya nag-e-age. Ganun lang 'yong nakikita ko rin.
“Everybody is saying, 'Parang di siya tumatanda, para lang siyang bata, parang so young and kaya pa niyang makipagsabayan.'”
In the series, Carla would call Gabby as “boss yummy.” Would she say the same thing about her 51-year-old leading man in person?
Carla laughed, “I wouldn't say yummy kasi hindi ko ginagamit 'yong yummy.
“Pero at his age, he's so good-looking, he's aging so well. He doesn't look his age.”
When it comes to work, Carla only has good things to say about Gabby.
She told reporters, “He's the same compared to the time na nakapagtrabaho kami in the movie.
“Ano siya, masayahin pa rin even up to the 2 a.m. in the morning, kwela, gusto niya masaya ang set. Ang galing, bilib ako sa kanya.”