Director on GMA-7 remaking Impostora: "Isang move para idiin ang kalaban."

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Impostora director Albert Langitan is happy with the outcome of Kris Bernal and Rafael Rosell's love scene. "Napaniwala ako ng dalawa na talagang nag-e-enjoy sila making love with each other. Ang lakas ng sexual tension."



After months of waiting, GMA-7's modern version of Impostora will finally be aired this July 3.

Impostora 2017 is an adaptation of two past incarnations of RJ Nuevas's comic novel Sa Isang Sulok ng Mga Pangarap.

The first is a 1994 movie of the same title as the novel and was topbilled by Alice Dixson.

The second adaptation is the Impostora drama series in 2007, which starred Sunshine Dizon and Iza Calzado.

Playing dual roles in the 2017 version is Kapuso actress Kris Bernal, who will take on the roles of Nimfa and Rosette.

In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) through e-mail, the show's new director Albert Langitan shared interesting facts about this new afternoon drama.

This includes, of course, the much-awaited love scene of Kris with her new leading man Rafael Rosell!

Here are five behind-the-scenes stories about Kris Bernal's own version of Impostora.

1. Why did GMA-7 decide to do another adaptation of Impostora?

It has been ten years since viewers witnessed the story of Impostora.

Director Albert Langitan believes that its story – which is about an ugly woman (Nimfa) who willingly underwent plastic surgery to change her life – has a timeless appeal to all kinds of people – whether moviegoers or TV viewers.

He explained, "Palagay ko lang, kaya nagiging successful ang concept na ito kahit sa iba’t ibang platform is mayroon siyang timeless appeal sa core audience ng ganitong klaseng genre.

"Because of that, naisipan siguro ng management na 'Bakit hindi natin gawin ito ulit para ma-enjoy ulit siya nang mga dating sumubaybay sa unang Impostora at mapanood nang mga hindi nakapanood dati dahil bata pa sila noon?'

"Ten years is relatively a long time and reviving a successful drama franchise that is timeless in appeal is a sound move I guess."

According to Direk Albert, Impostora's modern storyline is definitely suited to afternoon drama viewers. He even believes that this program will maintain GMA Afternoon Prime's lead in the ratings.

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"Producing a TV show and then seeding it sa timeslot na magiging effective is like a move in a game of chess. Kung saang move matsi-checkmate ang kalaban, iyon ang dapat gawin, and GMA has been winning the afternoon ratings.

"So ang tingin ko, ang paggawa ulit ng Impostora ay isang move para idiin ang kalaban."

Replacing Legally Blind, Impostora goes head-to-head with ABS-CBN's afternoon drama Pusong Ligaw starring Beauty Gonzalez and Bianca King, among others.


2. Direk Albert believes that Kris is perfect as the "Impostora."

According to Direk Albert, it helped that Kris and him are already good friends even before they started doing Impostora.

"Matagal ko nang kilala si Kris Bernal. In fact, magkaibigan kami and she fondly calls me 'Tatay.' Knowing her outside of her showbiz persona, alam ko halos kung ano ang mga aspirations niya, dreams, frustrations, and kung gaano siya ka-talented at ka-passionate sa ginagawa niya.

"Nang i-inform ako na gagawin ko ang remake ng Impostora, na-excite ako and one of the reasons ay dahil si Kris ang magiging Impostora.

"I mean parang 60% guaranteed na ako na magiging maganda ang serye kasi magaling ang bida (at iba pang mga artista) plus kaibigan ko nga siya so magiging  maayos ang working relationship namin. 

"Kumbaga 40% na lang ang dapat pang ayusin kasi iba’t ibang elemento na yon nang paggawa ng drama series."

Direk Albert also said that Kris makes everything lighter on the set as she is game to do all her scenes that can also be physically-demanding, which includes those that she had to hurt herself in confrontation scenes between Rosette and Nimfa.

"Honestly, hindi ako nahirapan kahit sa mga eksenang nagde-demand ng malalim na emotion at extreme physicality kasi game nga si Kris sa lahat nang pinapagawa ko. Walang reklamo kasi yan ever since."

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In the 2013 self-help show Para Sa 'Yo Ang Laban Na Ito, which was hosted by Manny Pacquiao and Jean Garcia, Direk Albert worked with Kris.

There was an incident where Kris was hurt but he admired the actress's professionalism.

"Before sa isang dramatization/reenactment sa show before ni Sen. Pacquiao, ang role niya ay maid na pinagmamalupitan ng amo at ang gumanap na amo niya ay talent lang.

"Siguro dahil ninerbiyos ang kaeksena niya kaya napalakas ang hampas ng ulo ni Kris sa pader, hindi niya nadaya kahit ilang beses kaming nag-rehearse. 

"Dumugo ang noo ni Kris. Siyempre, nag-panic kaming lahat except Kris. Sabi niya okay lang. She took it na parang part lang ng trabaho niya at ni hindi niya tinarayan ang talent. 

"Hindi ko pa kaibigan noon si Kris and first time ko siyang nakatrabaho pero since then, na-appreciate ko na ang ugali niya at work ethics.

"Iyong mga artistang gaya ni Kris, blessing siya sa mga director at production kasi pinapagaan nila ang taping/shooting."



3. How did the production team conceptualize the "Nimfa face" of Kris?

According to Direk Albert, it was a conscious effort for the team to differentiate the prosthetics look of her character Nimfa compared to those already seen in past TV shows.

"Iyong prosthetics, ang vision namin ng creatives, production heads at management ay dapat iyong hindi tipikal na ginagawa sa mga serye.

"Dapat pumanget si Kris pero natural na lumabas, I mean hindi dapat mukhang prosthetics. So iyong structure ng kaniyang deformed face, isang mahabang usapan o brainstorming ‘yon kasama ang gagawa ng prosthetics."



In fact, doing the prosthetics gave rise to its own set of problems before it was finalized.

"Sa unang fitting, nagka-problema kami kasi lumabas na maganda pa rin si Kris. Sabi namin bakit naman ang hirap niyang papangitin.

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"Naka-apat na revision yata kami bago na-satisfy ang lahat. Tapos sa taping, bantay-sarado ang lahat, si Jojo (Executive Producer) pati na rin si Anthony (Production Manager), nakatutok talaga kasi minsan as a director, sa dami ng concerns, iyong small details mahirap nang tutukan.

"So tulungan kami sa set para bantayan na maayos pa rin ang wig, blending ng make-up at saka prosthetics nga ni Kris.

"Sa taping kasi, dahil sa ilaw o kaya init o iba pang factors, ang bilis magbago ng prosthetics."

"Actually, I would say na pinakamahirap na taping day namin lagi ay iyong may prosthetics kasi kumakain siya ng oras sa pag-a-apply o kaya naman   dahil retouch ng retouch.

"Kumbaga, kung nagmamadali sa taping, nakakaubos siya ng pasensya pero wala ka namang magagawa kundi ayusin."

4. Kris runs through rooftops for Impostora.

It was shown in the teasers of Impostora that Kris's character Nimfa will escape the police after she slammed the face of her enemy Crisel (Vaness del Moral) in a red-hot barbecue grill.

Direk Albert believes that this is one of the hardest and most-challenging scenes that Kris did so far for the series.

"Nagpaka-action star siya. I mean tumakbo siya sa bubungan ng mga bahay tapos bumaba sa coconut tree galing sa bubong then pagdating niya sa kalsada nabangga siya – all in one sequence."



"Nakita niyo naman siguro ang frame ni Kris so hindi ko ini-expect na game niyang gagawin iyon.

Kinabahan ako actually doon sa tatawid siya sa kalsada habang may mga mabilis na dumaraang sasakyan bago siya mabangga ni Ryan Eigenmann (as Jeremy).

"I mean isang pagkakamali lang o miscalculation ni Kris o stunt drivers, puwedeng mauwi sa aksidente. Pero dahil seryoso siyang artista kaya nakuha niya ang instructions ng stunt director."

This is one of the most pivotal scenes in the story since this will pave the way for Nimfa to be Rosette's impostor.

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5. Direk Albert on Kris Bernal-Rafael Rosell love scene: "Ang lakas ng sexual tension."

One of the most-awaited scenes in Impostora is the love scene of Kris and her leading man Rafael Rosell.

This is the first time that the two are paired together for a drama series.


Before shooting the scene, Direk Albert spoke with them separately since it was tricky to shoot.

He shared, "Bago ginawa ang love scene, kinausap ko separately sila Kris and Rafael.               

"Ganon naman talaga dapat para alam ko kung ano ang nararamdaman ng mga artista kasi nga intimate scene yon and ayokong makita sa camera na awkward ang ginagawa nila.

"I wanted the scene to be intimate, passionate and real, at least sa perception ng viewers.

"Also, magiging batayan ko rin yon kung gaano sila ka-kumportable sa isa’t isa kasi first love scene nila yon sa serye."


In the end, Direk Albert was happy with the outcome.

"Honestly, wala akong naramdamang hesitation, jitters or whatever. Wala rin silang sinabing parameters.      

"Parang ang mindset ng dalawa, 'Galingan natin, pagandahin natin.'

"Sabi ko nga sa presscon, napaniwala ako ng dalawa na talagang nag-e-enjoy sila making love with each other. Ang lakas ng sexual tension.

"Nang nag-cut nga ako, palakpakan ang mga nasa control area. 

"Sinasabi ko ito without any malice pero function siguro yon ng pagiging professional ng dalawa at pagiging magaling na artista. 

"Saka si Kris na rin ang nagsabi na kumportable siya kay Rafael, that he’s a gentleman and crush niya raw."




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6. Direk Albert hopes viewers will accept Kris as the new Impostora.

The director is honest enough to say that he feels enormous pressure, especially since all adaptations of the Impostora franchise were successful.

"Nangshu-showbiz lang ang director na nagsasabing di siya napi-pressure kasi sa lahat ng project na gagawin mo, ang nakataya roon career mo.  Captain of the ship nga raw ang director so pag panget ang show, kahit may ibang factors, ang masisisi palagi, director.

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"Bottomline, bilang isang director, ang option lang ay galingan mo na parang yon na ang huli mong gagawin.

"Matindi ang pressure dahil nga sa rating war so dapat mag-align talaga ang stars para maging maganda at manalo ang show.  So dagdag pressure pa yong may pinanggalingang success ang Impostora ten years ago.

"Dagdag pressure din na si Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes ang director ng unang serye. Bukod sa idolo ko yon as one of the masters ng industriya natin, parang tatay ko siya sa showbiz.              

"Isa siya sa mga tumulong at tumutulong pa rin sa akin. Ayokong i-call niya ang attention ko tapos sabihin niyang 'Di ako nagandahan.'"

At the end of the day, Direk Albert, who also helmed shows such as Rhodora X (2014), Beautiful Strangers (2015), and The Millionaire's Wife (2016), hopes that Impostora will gain the same reception as its predecessors.

"Ang gusto ko lang ngayon is ma-appreciate ang Impostora ngayon sa kung paano namin siya pinaghirapan kasama ng buong team: mapa-artista, production, creatives, technical, at management.

"Gusto kong ma-appreciate nila ang effort at galing ng mga artistang gumaganap dito lalo na si Kris. Gusto kong matanggap siya ng mga tao bilang Impostora."


Aside from Kris and Rafael, Impostora 2017 also stars Elizabeth Oroposea, Vaness del Moral, Assunta de Rossi, and Ryan Eigenmann.

It will air its pilot episode on July 3 after Ika-6 Na Utos on GMA Afternoon Prime.


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