Rhian Ramos admitted that she did not deliberately watch the original version of Sinungaling Mong Puso.
She reasoned out, “We’ve only been taping for siguro five days, naka day five kami and we really made an effort not to watch the movie until we’ve been taping for two weeks na.
“Kasi we’re afraid na hindi magiging galing sa amin yung magiging atake namin.
“But once we’ve built it, siguro next week puwede na, kasi na-develop ko na yung naging attack ko.”
In GMA-7's TV adaptation, Rhian reprises the role of Clara, a role first played by Vilma Santos in the 1992 movie.
She said about bringing life to a character first portrayed by the Star for All Seasons, “Di ba, lucky me?
“For me, obviously it was an honor. Vilma Santos is like one of the queens of drama in all of Philippine showbiz ever.
“Not just playing her role but just to have something in common is already a compliment for me, for my career, to be offered a role that was once hers.”
Rhian then revealed that she initially hesitated to accept the role.
She recalled, “It was also very nerve-wracking and challenging for me to say yes.
“It wasn’t an instant yes for me because na-intimidate ako at first doon sa lalim ng project, doon sa kung sino yung original na nag-play.
“Pero later on, I just didn’t want to pressure myself na I’m trying to do it better or fill someone’s shoes.
“I took it for what it was na gagawa lang tayo ng sarili nating version. Medyo same mechanics but iba siya, iba pa rin yung show sa original movie.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporters interviewed Rhian during the pocket press conference of Sinungaling Mong Puso last Thursday, July 5, at GMA Network Center.
DARING SCENES. Based on the original movie, this series offers sensual scenes when it airs starting July 18 on GMA’s Afternoon Prime block.
Rhian then said with a laugh, “I was in shock kasi alam ko nga, [sabi ko,] ‘Guys, di ba may araw pa kapag inere to?’
“Yung mga eksena, it’s pretty daring. Naisip ko na if ever something’s gonna be really daring, we air it at midnight, di ba?
“Pero I guess we also have a little liberty to be more daring in the afternoon because the kids are in school, they won’t be at home, asking their moms what we were doing.”
In a separate interview with PEP after the pocket presscon, Rhian was asked if she really plans to take on more mature roles, since her last teleserye The Rich Man’s Daughter was also a daring one.
She told PEP, “Actually hindi ko naman sinasadya, but there are three things that I consider before doing a project.
“First of all, kung nagagandahan ba talaga ako sa script and it could be anything naman. It just so happens that I read this script and it was good.
“The second one is, is it gonna add to me, to my art? Mahihirapan ba ako, is it gonna be challenging? I’m so tired of that word!
“Is it going to teach me something, kasi kung hindi baka nakaka-typecast naman din na iisang klaseng role lang yung nagagawa [ko].
“And then three is, do I like everyone that I am going to be working with?”
She then revealed her excitement to work with director Ricky Davao for the first time.
“Our director Ricky Davao is also an actor so I thought he’s gonna teach me a lot in terms of my performance, alam niya kung hindi okay.”
In the series, she also gets to work with two leading men: Rafael Rosell and Kiko Estrada.
She continued, “Everyone in the cast is such an exciting group of people to work with kasi with the names, I was already confident and happy but all the more when we did our workshop and I actually got to talk to them, and play with them.
“Na-testing namin kung kaya ba namin maging open sa isa’t isa and I found na we all really like to share and give energy.
“We know that the point of the scene is not who does better or who outshines who.”
Aside from Rafael and Kiko, some of Rhian’s co-stars in the series are Glydel Mercado, Michael de Mesa, Jazz Ocampo, Stephannie Sol, and Cheska Diaz.
Sinungaling Mong Puso also serves as Rhian’s first afternoon series after a long time. The last was Sine Novela presents My Only Love aired in 2008.
According to the actress-TV host, she is excited to be facing the afternoon drama audience again.
“It’s been such a long time talaga and most of my fans kasi are nighttime viewers and they were like, ‘Why would you this to us?’
“I was like, ‘Guys, kailangan kong humello muna sa mga tao na I haven’t been in front of this people for a really long time.’
“So I’m really dedicating this three to four months to all the stay-at-home moms, all the people that get a TV at work, for example pag nasa palengke ka, di ba, pag nasa bus ka may TV.
“There are lots of other kinds of work kasi na pwede yun and then also, this audience is gonna be mostly women.
“Hindi naman sa new demographic pero it’s a demographic that I haven’t had a conversation with for a very long time and this is something that I wanna do, I wanna talk straight to them with this show.”