Barbie Forteza has remained loyal to her home network, GMA-7, for the past decade.
The 21-year-old actress, who was first known for her portrayal as young Jodie in the 2009 Filipino adaptation of Stairway To Heaven, is celebrating her 10th year in showbiz this 2019.
In a span of 10 years, Barbie has become one of the Kapuso network's most bankable actresses, even earning the title "Tween Queen" during her teenage years.
During an intimate interview with members of the press during the January 24 Kara Mia press launch, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Barbie about her loyalty to her mother network.
According to Barbie, she has never thought of leaving the Kapuso network.
"Ibinabalik naman sa akin ng management and ng network yung loyalty ko sa kanila.
"Parang hindi ko naman kasi nai-imagine yung sarili ko sa ibang network, parang Kapuso talaga.
"E, sila yung unang nagtiwala sa akin, sila yung unang nagbigay sa akin ng chance, kasi gusto ko talagang mag-artista.
"Hindi ako actually sa GMA agad nag-audition, nag-audition din ako sa iba, pero GMA ang tumanggap sa akin so bakit ako aalis, e, sila yung nagtiwala sa akin?"
It's no secret that Barbie was supposed to have her debut as an actress in rival network ABS-CBN.
In 2008, she auditioned and was already tapped to play the kontrabida role of Arlene in Annaliza, with Ella Cruz playing the title role.
However, the project was shelved.
When PEP.ph reminded Barbie of this in a 2017 interview, the young actress said that though there was a feeling of "panghihinayang," she chose to move on from it.
She said, "Kasi parang right after na mapanuod ako sa Stairway, gusto nilang ituloy yung Annaliza na.
"So parang sa amin, kung kailan kami nakuha ng 7, at saka kami gusto ulit ng kabila.
"So ang sa akin, doon na ako sa nagtiwala talaga sa akin. Hindi yung kung kailan may nakakita, at saka nila gusto. So ayun, nag-stick na ako doon."
ABS-CBN eventually pushed through with Annaliza in 2013, with Andrea Brillantes playing the title role, and now-GMA actress Kyline Alcantara as Arlene.
KARA MIA TIMESLOT
At present, Barbie is preparing for her upcoming TV series with GMA-7, Kara Mia.
Kara Mia is the 12th teleserye and the 6th prime-time series of Barbie with the Kapuso network.
This time, she shares top billing with Mika dela Cruz,. They play twin sisters who share the same body, as they have a condition called Disprosopus or craniofacial duplication.
Barbie's two recent projects, Meant To Be (2017) and Inday Will Always Love You (2018), were placed in the third slot of GMA Telebabad, and were all top-raters, even earning extensions from six weeks to six months.
It will be a different story for Kara Mia, however, as there are talks that it might be placed on either the first or second slot of the network's prime-time block.
If this pushes through, Kara Mia might be pitted either against FPJ's Ang Probinsyano or The General's Daughter.
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, starring Coco Martin, has been in ABS-CBN's first prime-time slot for more than three years.
The General's Daughter, starring Angel Locsin, premiered on ABS-CBN's second prime-time slot on January 21, 2019.
Is there added pressure for Barbie to keep up with the high ratings of her shows, despite having a different timeslot?
The Kapuso actress answered, "Wala naman po sa akin yun kasi we're not after the competition.
"Parang gusto namin, siyempre, yung GMA Telebabad, hindi lang naman siya per show, e. Parang isang kabuuan yung tinitignan.
"Pag maganda yung first slot, second slot, third slot, maganda yung primetime.
"So kami, gusto lang namin, maging part kami noon at mapaganda yung line-up kung saan man kami ilagay either first, second or third, na deserve namin na mapapunta doon, no matter kung anong slot."
Kara Mia is expected to air sometime in February 2019.
Other actors included in the show are Jak Roberto, Paul Salas, Carmina Villarroel, John Estrada, Mike Tan, Alicia Alonzo, and Gina Pareno.
It is directed by Dominic Zapata, whose recent projects include Alyas Robin Hood and Victor Magtanggol.