Claudine Barretto is very excited to be doing TV dramas again as she takes the lead role in TV5 and VIVA’s new teleserye, Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap?
The show will start airing this Monday, February 15, at 9 p.m.
The 36-year-old actress was present at the special screening of her new teleserye yesterday, February 10, at Cinema 2 of SM Aura.
Claudine told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press how excited she is to return to what she calls her “first love.”
“I’m excited, really excited. Ito yung passion ko, ito yung first love ko.
“Lumaki ako sa teleserye more than actually doing movies. Ito po iyong forte ko so I’m really hoping and praying na talagang suportahan po ng maraming tao.”
What adds to her excitement is the fact that she is working with actor Cesar Montano and director Joel Lamangan, which she describes as a dream come true.
“I’ve been wanting to work with Mr. Cesar Montano and of course, our director Joel Lamangan. It’s a dream come true na makasama sila.
“Nagpapasalamat ako kay Direk Joel Lamangan kasi matagal na matagal na naming pangarap na magkatrabaho talaga.
“Dati apat lang na episodes ang na-direct niya sa 'kin when I was in another channel and ito na talaga yung pagkakataon para magkasama kami ng isang buong teleserye.
“After how many years of not doing soap operas, ito na po yung pagbabalik ko sa teleserye.
“And talagang kapag napanuod niyo naman talaga, talagang sobra-sobrang engrande ang Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap?”
CHARACTER IN SOAP. In the teleserye, she plays Marla, a girl who got her heart broken when her boyfriend Migs (Bernard Palanca) married another woman.
She finds solace in George (Diether Ocampo), her best friend and Migs’ half-brother who has feelings for her.
Despite the heartbreak, she remained to be a jolly girl which made Ricardo (Cesar Montano) fall for her.
How can the actress relate to her character in this new TV drama?
“It’s so different from Claudine, kasi makulit, makulit si Marla.
“Siya iyong tipong nakakatawa siya, jolly. E, medyo serious ako in person, hindi naman ako ganoon ka-jolly. Masayahin siya sobra.
“Nakakakatuwa na parang I’m embarking on another role and another character na which now is very close to my heart, kasi talagang pinag-aaralan kong mabuti iyong character as Marla.”
It was also noticed that many “hugot” lines were used in the series, most of which were delivered by her character. According to Claudine, this is to live up to the legacy left by the movie’s original creator, Danny Zialcita.
“Kasi si Danny Zialcita, he’s very well-known sa hugot lines niya and ito na yung pagkakataon na magawa yon.
“Talagang thankful and grateful ako sa VIVA at saka sa TV5 for giving all of us the opportunity to do the remake dito naman sa teleserye.”
What should viewers expect from the teleserye?
“Marami kasi this is a Danny Zialcita masterpiece.
“Of course, we should expect na napakaganda ng kuwento, marami pang twist at saka turns at sana magustuhan po.
“It’s all about love and friendship, sacrifices, mistakes at saka dreams ng bawat isa. Marami kayong matututunan dito.”
ON DIETHER OCAMPO. Aside from her comeback, this project also marks her reunion with long-time onscreen partner and friend Diether Ocampo.
The two have worked in several teleseryes in ABS-CBN: Mula Sa Puso, Saan Ka Man Naroroon, Marina, Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin, SineSerye presents Maligno, and Iisa Pa Lamang.
Claudine revealed that she and Diether are now rekindling their friendship, since it has been a long time since they worked together.
It has also been a while since they talked about their personal lives.
“Well, for Diether right now, we really get the time na makapag-usap talaga ulit, kasi marami nang nangyari sa buhay namin.
“We’ve always been best friends but there’s really a big big part of us na during the time na may problema siya, may problema ako, we weren’t there for each other.
“So I think we’re trying our best to work things out as best friends again para hindi masayang iyong friendship.
“Pero siguro ngayon, we have to get to know each other again kasi siyempre ang tagal naming hindi nagkasama.
“So parang hindi ko na siya masyadong kilala, hindi niya na ako masyadong kilala.”
However, Claudine shared that she is happy with the friendships she built on the set with co-stars Janelle Jamer, Meg Imperial, Dindi Gallardo, and Samantha Lopez.