Cherie Gil is bidding her time when she can finally throw water on the face of Superstar Nora Aunor, fondly known in showbiz circles as Ate Guy.
Not because they’re at odds with each other, but Cherie just longs to pull off her signature iconic Lavinia Arguelles kontrabida move on Nora.
A self-confessed Noranian, Cherie cheerfully exclaims, “I wanna do it to Ate Guy! But I still haven’t had the courage.
“Matagal ko na siyang nililigawan, sa ASEAN palang when we were there together.
This is in relation the iconic confrontation scene from the 1986 movie Bituing Walang Ningning, where Cherie’s character Lavinia Arguelles splashed wine at lead actress Sharon Cuneta, who played Dorina Pineda.
Making that scene more unforgettable was Lavinia’s cutting line: “You are nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat!”
Cherie says she has been dreaming of reenacting that scene with Nora since they bumped into each other at the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival.
It was that film festival in Kuching, Malaysia where Cherie won as Best Actress for the indie film Sonata and Nora honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cherie recalls, “Oo siya ng oo pero hindi ma-timing-timing, kasi parang nahiya ako buhusan ng tubig yung mukha niya.”
It seems that the perfect timing has arrived now that Cherie and Nora are working together in the GMA-7 prime-time series, Onanay, which starts airing on August 6.
Smiling, Cherie adds, “I still have to make a plan, a moment. It’s got to be properly planned.”
If Cherie succeeds, Nora would be the "12th victim" to be featured on Cherie's Instagram account @the_real_lavinia_arguelles, which is dedicated to reenactments of the latter's signature kontrabida move.
REUNITED AFTER 16 YEARS
Onanay marks the reunion of Cherie and Nora after 16 years since they last worked together in the now-defunct ABS-CBN prime-time series, Bituin, which aired from September 2002 to May 2003.
Is there a difference in their working relationship between then and now?
Cherie replies, “Mas relaxed na ako sa kanya ngayon.
“Kasi, I look up to her. I’m a Noranian, e. Her eyes are stunning. It’s stellar!
“Mas bata ako noon and I have just come from the States. Comeback ko, tapos first soap din yata niya.
“So medyo may konting distance noong araw.”
Noting Nora’s track record as a critically-acclaimed veteran actress, Cherie remains in awe of the Superstar’s humility and easygoing attitude on the set.
“Now we’re jamming na. I feel comfortable. When she comes to the set, she would always ask, ‘Asan si Ms. Cherie?’ I would say, ‘Anong Ms. Cherie, Ms. Cherie ka diyan!’”
BIDA AND KONTRABIDA IN ONANAY
In Onanay, Nora plays Nelia, the devoted mother of Onay, who is born with a growth disorder called achondroplasia.
Nelia will clash with Helena, when the latter objects to her son Elvin (played by Adrian Alandy) falling for Onay (played by showbiz newbie Jo Berry).
Are their confrontation scenes in Onanay more intense than the ones they did in Bituin 16 years ago?
Cherie answers, “I’m sure there would be a lot of confrontations. Pero yung magiging kumprontasyon namin is not a competition. Unlike sa Bituin, it was about two singers.
“This is about two mothers, so magkakaroon ng mas matinding exchange of hearts and intentions and wants—more from the heart.”
Directed by Gina Alajar, Onanay will be replacing the timeslot of the Kapuso soap Kambal Karibal, beginning August 6.