Former ABS-CBN child star Kyline Alcantara admitted that she didn't find it easy the first time she set foot on GMA-7.
It was in October 2017 when the Star Circle Quest: Search for the next Kiddie Star alumna transferred to the Kapuso network to do the series Kambal Karibal, alongside Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix.
Kyline's co-stars in the show helped her adjust to the new working environment.
She said, "Siyempre po, sa una, nahirapan po ako kasi siyempre baguhan nga po ako dito sa GMA Network.
"But pinaramdam nila sa akin yung warm welcome, ang sarap sa pakiramdam na nagkaroon ako ng mga bagong kaibigan, mga bagong katrabaho."
The 15-year-old actress pointed out that it was actually Bianca, Miguel, and their two other co-stars Pauline Mendoza and Jeric Gonzales, who broke the ice.
"Sila po yung unang um-approach sa akin and yun po yung masarap kasi mahiyain po ako.
"Sinabayan ko naman po sila ng mga jokes ko para mas maging close kami and habang humahaba po yung show namin, mas nagiging komportable at mas nagiging close kami."
Kambal Karibal, which has been airing since November 27, 2017, was just awarded another extension, allowing it to air until June 2018.
Kyline spoke to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other select entertainment reporters at the press conference organized by the GMA Regional TV group at Lenox Hotel, Dagupan City in Pangasinan.
The cast members of Kambal Karibal were the scheduled performers for the Kapuso Night in celebration of the Bangus Festival.
LEAVING THE KAPAMILYA NETWORK. In a separate interview with PEP.ph, Kyline shared a few details about her transfer to GMA-7 after being with ABS-CBN for 7 years.
She recalled, "Well, natapos naman po talaga yung contract ko sa kanila [ABS-CBN].
"So si Tito Manny Vallester, my co-manager, ayun po lumapit, nag-meet po kami halfway and sabi [niya], 'Meron akong new soap, baka gusto mong mag-audition?'
"And then nag-audition kami sa Artist Center para may mag co-manage.
"So parang sige po, salamat, siyempre bilang artista, ayoko pong mawalan ng trabaho.
"GMA and ABS po kasi, I consider them as different countries lang. Sa isang showbiz world, may different countries so parang lumipat lang ako and wala namang conflict talaga."
She admitted that it was a difficult decision leaving the Kapamilya network, especially since it was where she started her career.
"Hard decision siya, of course, kasi yun nga po, doon ako nagstart sa ABS.
"Pero wala naman pong [bad blood] kasi kung di naman po talaga sa kanila, wala tayo dito.
"Isa po sila sa naging stepping stone ko para makapunta ako dito ngayon sa kung paano ako umarte and I’m so thankful sa binigay nila, sa pamana nila sa akin."
After becoming part of SCQ's Magic Circle of 10 in 2010, Kyline was assigned to do younger versions of female characters in teleseryes, particularly those played by Maja Salvador (Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin, Ina Kapatid Anak).
In 2013, Kyline was tapped to play Arlene in the remake of Annaliza, starring Andrea Brillantes.
Kyline also played roles in Pangako Sa 'Yo (2015) and Born For You (2016).
KONTRABIDA ROLE. With the success of Kambal Karibal, Kyline can't help but feel proud, especially since her portrayal as the kontrabida Cheska/Crisel received good feedback from viewers.
She told reporters during the presscon, "I’m overwhelmed po sa lahat ng nangyayari sa akin, sa amin ngayon.
"Sana po magtuluy-tuloy at na-e-enjoy ko siya at ayoko pong mawalan ng trabaho, to be honest!"
Did you know that Kyline actually auditioned for the role of Cheska?
Bianca, who witnessed Kyline's audition, remembered, "She was actually the last one na nag-audition kasi kaming dalawa ni Miguel nandun. Tapos parang humabol ka lang…"
Kyline recalled that she was supposed to audition for another role, the younger version of Teresa, played by Jean Garcia.
"Dapat kasi, mag-audition ako for young Teresa, tapos pauwi na ako tapos pinabalik nila ako doon sa role na Cheska.
"Siyempre, nanginginig po ako noon, siyempre BiGuel po ito!"
In her interview with PEP.ph after the presscon proper, Kyline said that she really dreams of becoming a well-known kontrabida just like her idol, the late Bella Flores.
"Idol ko po si Miss Bella Flores, Queen of all Kontrabidas!
"Si Cherie Gil, Gladys Reyes, sila po talaga yung parang pinanood ko, wow, I want to be like them.
"Gusto ko sa future may magsasabi sa akin na, 'Gusto kong masampal ni Kyline Alcantara,' gusto ko may ganun.
"Kasi pag ako, gusto kong masampal ni Maricel Soriano, e. Kasi iba siya sumampal, may bwelo, yung pak ganun!"
Aside from Kambal Karibal, Kyline is also gearing up for her album with GMA Records.
Talking about her heavy workload, Kyline said with a laugh, "Huwag po nating bakantihin ang ating oras.
"Katulad nga po ng sinabi ko sa manager ko and sa Artist Center, wala, huwag niyo pong intindihin yung tulog ko, kaya ko na po yun i-manage, basta bigyan niyo lang po ako ng trabaho kasi matagal din po akong nabakante."
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The cast of Kambal Karibal: (L-R) Jeric Gonzales, Pauline Mendoza, Miguel Tanfelix, Bianca Umali, Kyline Alcantara