Actress Valerie Concepcion is enjoying her freelance status.
Originally an exclusive Kapuso talent, Valerie became a freelancer when she decided to do projects with ABS-CBN in 2007.
In 2016, after five years of doing shows for ABS-CBN and TV5, Valerie returned to GMA-7 for the prime-time series Anna Karenina.
She then appeared intermittently in Kapamilya and Kapuso shows.
In 2017, Valerie remained as a Kapuso.
This year, she will be seen in the upcoming afternoon series Ika-5 Utos, which will premiere on September 10.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Valerie: why is she always seen now in GMA-7?
She explained, "As a freelancer kasi, hangga't walang ibang regular show sa kabilang network, pwede kang mag-guest.
"Pero kahit may offer sa kabila, hindi mo pwedeng tanggapin kasi may show ka.
"Nagkakataon lang na nauuna lagi ang GMA. Kasi katulad niyan, may show ako tapos biglang may iinquire na show ang ABS, hindi ako pwede.
"Nag-i-inquire pa rin sila, nagkakataon lang na laging nauuna ang GMA."
Prior to Ika-5 Utos, Valerie's last teleserye was the Kapuso telefantasya Mulawin vs. Ravena.
Meanwhile, her last appearance in ABS-CBN was a role in FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.
PEP.ph spoke to Valerie during the September 3 press conference of Ika-5 Utos at the Executive Lounge of GMA Network Center.
CLARISSE AND GEORGIA
In Ika-5 Utos, Valerie plays Clarisse, the villain to the character of Jean Garcia.
Even though she has already played a lot of kontrabida characters in the past, Valerie said that she still feels challenged doing this kind of role.
"Na-e-enjoy ko yung pagiging kontrabida kasi hindi masyadong mabigat, wala masyadong iyak iyakan.
"Pero ito iba, iba yung challenge kasi ang gagaling ng mga kasama, bigatin yung mga artistang kasama mo, bigatin din yung director mo na parang feeling mo kailangan you're always at your best kasi nga hindi ka pwedeng mapag-iwanan.
"Baka mamaya, mapansin nila na, 'Ano ba yan, hindi marunong si Valerie umarte kumpara sa iba.'
"Kaya kailangan, makipagsabayan ka talaga so nandoon talaga yung challenge and struggle ko dito sa role na ito and yung pressure din siyempre galing sa Ika-6 Na Utos."
Ika-6 Na Utos is the top-rating drama series of GMA-7 starring Sunshine Dizon, Gabby Concepcion and former Kapuso Ryza Cenon.
According to Valerie, Direk Laurice Guillen asked her to watch Ika-6 Na Utos when they started taping for their new series.
Direk Laurice, who also directed Ika-6 Na Utos, reasoned out that Valerie's treatment of the role should be different from Ryza, who played the kontrabida Georgia.
Valerie said, "Napapanuod ko noong nagsa-start kami kasi, sabi ni Direk, 'Valerie, panuorin mo si Georgia kasi I don't want you to be Georgia. I want you to be different.'
"So napanuod ko siya."
Based on the AVP shown during the press conference, Valerie already engaged in several fight scenes with Jean Garcia's character.
There was even one scene when Clarisse fell down an open grave.
Valerie revealed that she already hurt herself in one of the fight scenes.
The 30-year-old actress told PEP.ph, "Sa totoo lang minsan hindi na kami nagdo-double as in kami na yung gumagawa.
"Yung sa hukay, muntikan na ako, idi-diretso ko na, e.
"Kaso kinut ni Direk kasi baka masaktan daw ako, hindi maiwasan kasi.
"One time, nagkaroon talaga ako ng bukol, ng pasa, ng kalmot, kasi mararamdaman mo talaga yung passion, gusto nila yung ginawa, we are into it talaga."
It was also noticed that Valerie is a bit young for the role she's doing in the show.
She plays the wife of Tonton Gutierrez, and the mother of Kiko Estrada, Klea Pineda, and Migo Adecer.
Did she have any apprehensions about accepting the role, which is almost 10 years older than her real age?
"Actually noong nagwoworkshop kami, it's so funny because sinasabi ko, sa mga bagets ako sasama kasi hindi naman ako beterano like sila Kuya Ton, sila Miss Jean, di ba?
"Pero hindi naman na ako nailang kasi ang anak ko before, in Anna Karenina  sila Derrick Monasterio.
"E, yun lang, lagi lang ako binibilinan ni Direk na, 'Valerie, you're what? Ilang taon ka na dito?' Ganyan.
"Lagi niya nireremind sa 'kin kasi parang I'm younger, di ba? 'You're 40 plus na dito ha.'
"Kaya sabi ko, lagi ako gina-guide ni Direk kasi pupunta ako sa set ng prepared pero talagang tutukan niya yun, di niya papabayaan. 'Valerie you're like this, you're like that.' So very matiyaga."
Also part of Ika-5 Utos are Gelli de Belen, Antonio Aquitania, Jake Vargas, Inah De Belen, and Jeric Gonzales.
The co-director of Laurice Guillen for this teleserye is Lore Reyes.