ABS-CBN actress Shaina Magdayao said that her role in the upcoming series Asintado is different from the one offered to Angelica Panganiban.
It may be recalled that Angelica was the original choice to play the rival of Julia Montes, but Angelica later dropped out of the cast.
Shaina explained, "Actually, that was the first question that I asked when they were presenting it to me, when they were pitching it to me, because I want to be careful and para alam ko rin kung ano yung pinapasok ko.
"And then they clarified it to me na parang ni-launch nila and then hindi sila nakapagtaping, and then ang ginawa nila parang total plot change so magkapatid pa rin pero it was offered to someone else already, not Angelica."
Shaina was referring to Isabelle Daza, who was supposed to take on the role left by Angelica. However, Isabelle reportedly turned down the role due to her pregnancy.
Shaina continued, "And then after Belle [Isabelle's nickname], hindi pa rin nag-roll, hindi pa rin siya natuloy.
"Then they pitched it to me and then kung ano man yung pinitch nila sa akin, during our tapings, pinalitan pa rin. So ang dami nang changes and it's not the same role [anymore]."
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters spoke to Shaina during the press launch of Asintado last January 8 at the 9501 Restaurant, ABS-CBN compound, Quezon City.
In Asintado, Shaina plays Samantha del Mundo, the adopted daughter of Hillary (Agot Isidro) and Salvador del Mundo (Nonie Buencamino).
She was the ex-girlfriend of Gael (Paulo Avelino) who considers Ana (Julia), Gael's new girlfriend, as her biggest rival.
Samantha and her family then plotted to kill Ana to win Gael back.
The show is also top-billed by Lorna Tolentino, Cherry Pie Picache, and Aljur Abrenica.
DARKEST ROLE EVER. According to Shaina, this is the first time that she is playing a kontrabida role for a show, which she described as "Wala nang mas dadark!"
In fact, in her last teleserye The Better Half (2017), the 28-year-old actress portrayed the kind and endearing Teacher Camille, who often shed tears in most episodes.
Did Shaina have any apprehensions before accepting a kontrabida role?
The Kapamilya actress answered, "Siguro, noong bata ako, pwede. Or di ba ganun, when you're younger, maybe you're not that secure yet.
"Siyempre, gusto mo, 'Ay, gusto ko ganito yung role, bait-baitan, or nagmamatter, gusto ko bida o mabait yung role.
"Ngayon, siguro, at this point of my life in my career, parang, 'Keber na 'te! Basta may trabaho!'
"At the same time siguro, yung security ko, kilala niyo naman ako, e. Tagal tagal ko na dito sa showbiz and everyone knows me kung sino man ako."
Shaina admitted that she faced a lot of challenges in portraying a character that she was not used to doing during her 22 years in show business.
She narrated, "It's actually a beautiful challenge because it's the first time that I'm actually doing something this dark and hindi siya biro. Hirap na hirap ako.
"Yung mga ibang roles na pinoportray ko, give me three days, four days, kakapit na sa akin yung role.
"But this one, I think, it took me a month para pumasok siya dahil hirap na hirap ako. The style of acting na kinalakihan ko, I had to unlearn everything."
It actually came to a point when she had to reshoot a scene.
"Honestly, we had to reshoot a lot of scenes kasi sinasabi nila, 'Mukha ka pa ring mabait.'
"Sabi ko, 'Bakit ganun, parang samang-sama na nga ako sa sarili ko?' Hindi, kulang pa!"
Shaina thanked her directors, Onat Diaz and Lino Cayetano, for helping her portray Samantha effectively.
She recalled, "Si Direk Onat talaga yung nagtiyaga sa akin na kailangan ganito yung atake natin, kailangan you have to show a different Shaina and ayun, na-inspire naman ako."
With the show airing this Monday, January 15, on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold block, Shaina considers it as a blessing since it was also the same time slot of her previous show, The Better Half.
"It's actually a blessing na Kapamilya Gold kami because it means yung mga nanuod ng The Better Half yung makakapanuod nito.
"So makikita nila yung difference kung sino si Teacher Camille at sino si Samantha.
"I'm excited na makita nila kasi it's really hardwork, hirap na hirap!
"Mukhang napasubo 'ata ako hindi ko alam na ganito kahirap yung role na pinasok ko. Pero it's worth it and hindi biro yung cast na kasama ko every taping day.
"And everyone, sila Ate Pie [Cherry Pie Picache], sila Ate Agot [Isidro], [sinasabi nila], 'Ang sarap kaya maging kontrabida!'
"Pero noong mga first, second week, parang, 'Paano 'te?!' Times 10 yung acting ko dito, hindi ko ito gamay. Paiyakin niyo na lang ako, yun ang kaya kong gawin.
"But after a month na nakukuha ko na yung rhythm ni Samantha, ay masaya nga, kasi pwede ko ilabas yung mga hindi ko nalalabas sa mga roles na napoportray ko before. Parang mas meron akong freedom to really play with the role.
"Akala ko hirap na hirap na ako kay Teacher Camille sa The Better Half but may mas hihirap pa pala!"