Before she became GMA-7’s Tween Queen, did you know that Barbie Forteza was supposed to do her first project in ABS-CBN in 2008?
Barbie was supposed to portray the kontrabida in the remake of Annaliza, with Ella Cruz playing the title role.
Dawn Zulueta and Eric Quizon were supposed to be part of the teleserye.
Maja Salvador was expected to play the teenage version of Annaliza.
However, the project was shelved.
In 2009, Barbie landed an important role in GMA’s remake of Stairway To Heaven as the young Rhian Ramos.
After that, Barbie’s career flourished, allowing her to become one of the most bankable actresses in the Kapuso network.
She is currently the lead actress in the primetime series Meant To Be, which now enjoys high ratings in its timeslot.
Looking back, did she have any regrets that she wasn’t able to push through with the Kapamilya project?
Barbie answered, “Annaliza? Ah, dati, nanghinayang ako doon.
“[Pero] kasi parang right after na mapanuod ako sa Stairway, gusto nilang ituloy yung Annaliza na.
“So parang sa amin, kung kailan kami nakuha ng 7, at saka kami gusto ulit ng kabila.
“So ang sa akin, doon na ako sa nagtiwala talaga sa akin. Hindi yung kung kailan may nakakita, at saka nila gusto. So ayun, nag-stick na ako doon.”
Years later, in 2013, ABS-CBN pushed through with the Annaliza project, with Andrea Brillantes taking on the title role, and Kyline Alcantara taking on Barbie’s supposed role.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and select entertainment reporters spoke to Barbie during an intimate lunch at the Kapuso Panagbenga Festival last February 26 in Baguio City.
TRANSITION. This year, Barbie is turning 20, which means that she is graduating from her teenage years.
The Kapuso star admitted that she is slightly worried with regards to her transition as an actress, especially since she is a turning a year older.
“Andun na ako sa dilemma na maging teen actress kasi this year, magbebente na ko so medyo kinakabahan na ako sa kung anong idedemand sa akin ng network na gawin ko.
“Pero medyo physically, pinaghahandaan ko na siya. Pero hindi pa rin naman ako totodo na mag-iiba ng image talaga.
“Gusto ko, kahit papaano, gradual pa rin para wala akong malampasan na stage, para lahat mamaximize ko. Kasi yung pagiging tween tween ko, natodo ko yun, e.
“Tapos yung pagiging teen actress, medyo tinitignan ko pa kung hanggang saan ko kayang paabutin.
“As long as kaya ko siyang i-maintain na hanggang dun muna, na huwag muna mag-level up sa mas mature na roles, gagawin ko.
“Para sa akin, hindi ko pa nakikita yung sarili ko na kailangan nang mag-mature kasi parang I think I still have more to offer bago ako pumunta doon.”
Barbie is thankful that she is being given challenging roles by independent filmmakers as it helps her in her transition from a teen to a serious, dramatic, and mature actress.
The indie film actress admitted, “Well, yun din naman po yung ikinatuwa ko kasi sa TV, teen actress ako.
“Pero pagdating sa independent film industry, iba rin naman yung trato nila sa akin, medyo ibang Barbie Forteza din yun.
“Nakakaportray ako ng dalawang image at the same time nang hindi ako masyadong nagtetake ng advantage.”
Barbie has earned several recognitions for her indie films. In 2014, she won Best Supporting Actress in Cinemalaya for the entry Mariquina.
For the same movie, Barbie bagged the Best Supporting Actress award at the 38th Gawad Urian Awards in 2015.
In 2016, Barbie received her first international award at the 36th Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal as Best Actress for the indie film Laut.