Erich Gonzales waitedpatiently for years before landing her biggest break as an actress. Though notreally wanting in projects since winning the reality talent search show Star Circle Quest in 2005, Erich'scareer took slow strides—defying initial high expectations coming from thepublic and industry insiders.
Then Katorse came along.
The television remake ofthe classic film originally directed by Joey Gosiengfiao looks perfectlytailor-made for Erich alone. For one, the 18-year-old actress's innocent auracomplemented the coming-of-age theme of the movie.
Accepting the project,however, requires Erich to go daring this time. "I don't consider myself sexyat all," Erich candidly told the entertainment reporters last May 21 during apress conference prepared by ABS-CBN to promote its upcoming primetime show that will air its pilot episode on June 8, 2009.
Despite of herunassuming perspective of her physical self, Erich—who undoubtedly looks much prettier nowadays—decided to jump on the opportunity by accepting the project based merelyon the strength of the material.
Under the direction of Malu Sevilla, she plays the role of Nene, a fourteen-year-old carefree teenager who has to face life's difficulty at an early age. Xian and Ejay portray brothers who are both in love with Nene but the young girl gives up her virginity to Ejay and she becomes pregnant with his child.
AMORE MATURED ROLE. Going sexy is also very much essentialto the story. "The show itself, yon po yung sexy," explained Erich. "Basta saakin po, as long as needed sa role, wala naman pong masama."
She further added: "Maymga scenes lang na siguro kailangan ng ganun talaga, like mga love scenes,kissing scenes."
Serving as Erich'sleading men are newcomers Xian Lim and Ejay Falcon. Both actors expressedgratitude for being entrusted by their home network with a big project.
For Erich, Katorse presents a big challenge as sheportrays the character of Nene. The said role was played by Dina Bonnevie inthe original version along with leading men Gabby Concepcion and Alfie Anido.
"Nung una talaga sabi ko ‘Magagawa ko ba ‘to?' Theway po umiyak si Nene, magsalita po siya ganyan, tapos yung mga kilos po niya,pinag-aralan ko po," shared Erich, who like her co-stars watched the originalmovie to familiarize themselves to the role and story.
Now that she's officially in the league of youngstars doing lead in a primetime slot, Erich said she welcomes the pressure withboth confidence and humility.
"Kinakabahan po talagako, yong mga expectations po ng tao baka hindi ko ma-meet. Pero ako naman po salahat ng ginagawa ko lagi kong sinasabi, basta po sa 'kin gagalingan ko talagaand ‘di ba po hindi naman natin masasabi na lahat po ng tao magugustuhan. Bastapo alam ko sa sarili ko na ginawa ko lahat ng best ko and kung hindi po ok sakanila ‘yon, nirerespeto ko po yong sinasabi nila."
Katorsewillpremiere on June 8 as part of ABS-CBN's roster of primetime programs.
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