Princess Punzalan challenges herself by accepting a kontrabida role after a long hiatus from showbiz.
The character actress returns to ABS-CBN after 15 years to be part of the primetime series The Story of Us. She plays Clodette, the mother of Bryan Santos's character named CJ.
Bryan is the third wheel in the love story Kim Chiu and Xian Lim's characters named Tin and Macoy.
"In-expect ko na since iba 'yong character, magiging challenging for me.
"Parang paano ko bibigyan ng ibang flavor ang character ni Clodette bilang isang kontrabida," the actress told entertainment reporters during the press conference prepared for her by Star Creatives.
Princess is aware that before she left the Philippines to focus on her family in the United States, she became known for portraying Selina, the cruel, sadistic kontrabida in Mula sa Puso.
This time, the comebacking actress wants to offer audiences something new by asking herself, How can I make it different from Selina?
"Kasi, alam kong very iconic siya, na until now everywhere I go, even in other countries, 'yong Filipinos would call me Selina.
"So I knew I really have to exert effort to make it different."
She also differentiated the two characters, "'Yong role ni Clodette is not like Selina.
"Si Selina, talagang black na black 'yong character niya.
"Talagang parang Maleficent ba na talagang pwedeng pumatay o papatay talaga.
"Si Clodette is a very protective mother.
"Alam niya kung ano ang kahinaan ng anak niya, ano ang makakabuti sa anak niya.
"Dahil doon, gagawa at gagawa siya ng para ma-prevent na masaktan ang anak niya."
As a boss, Clodette also strikes fear into the hearts of her employees.
"Na-aliw lang ako? kasi may pagka Devil's Prada ganun--mataray siya at tiyak nakakatakot siyang boss. Isnabera ganun yung tipong pagpumasok siya sa opisina, matakot na kayo. You have to be doing what's right dahil striktong boss 'to."
She added: "Powerful siya, pero hindi niya kailangan itaas ang boses. Kahit pabulong siya magsalita, manginginig na yung kausap niya, alam niyang, 'I mean business.'"
How is it like working with the lead stars of The Story of Us?
"I actually enjoy working with Kim and Xian because they're very serious about their jobs. Seryoso sila, they come prepared to work," said the 47-year-old actress.
In general, Princess said doing teleseryes now is very different from the time when she was still active in showbiz.
"Dati mayroong sampalan, mga sumasabog, may mga namamatay.
"This is more of real life drama na talagang nangyayari sa tunay na buhay."
With reports from Marylou Sumampong
(View: 13 'sobrang sama' moments of Princess Punzalan as Selina)