Erich Gonzales waited patiently for years before landing her biggest break as an actress. Though not really wanting in projects since winning the reality talent search show Star Circle Quest in 2005, Erich's career took slow strides—defying initial high expectations coming from the public and industry insiders.
Then Katorse came along.
The television remake of the classic film originally directed by Joey Gosiengfiao looks perfectly tailor-made for Erich alone. For one, the 18-year-old actress's innocent aura complemented the coming-of-age theme of the movie.
Accepting the project, however, requires Erich to go daring this time. "I don't consider myself sexy at all," Erich candidly told the entertainment reporters last May 21 during a press conference prepared by ABS-CBN to promote its upcoming primetime show that will air its pilot episode on June 8, 2009.
Despite of her
unassuming perspective of her physical self, Erich—who undoubtedly looks much prettier nowadays—decided to jump on the opportunity by accepting the project based merely
on 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.
A MORE MATURED ROLE. Going sexy is also very much essential to the story. "The show itself, yon po yung sexy," explained Erich. "Basta sa akin po, as long as needed sa role, wala naman pong masama."
She further added: "May mga scenes lang na siguro kailangan ng ganun talaga, like mga love scenes, kissing scenes."
Serving as Erich's leading men are newcomers Xian Lim and Ejay Falcon. Both actors expressed gratitude for being entrusted by their home network with a big project.
For Erich, Katorse presents a big challenge as she portrays the character of Nene. The said role was played by Dina Bonnevie in the original version along with leading men Gabby Concepcion and Alfie Anido.
"Nung una talaga sabi ko ‘Magagawa ko ba ‘to?' The way 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 original movie to familiarize themselves to the role and story.
Now that she's officially in the league of young stars doing lead in a primetime slot, Erich said she welcomes the pressure with both confidence and humility.
"Kinakabahan po talaga ko, yong mga expectations po ng tao baka hindi ko ma-meet. Pero ako naman po sa lahat ng ginagawa ko lagi kong sinasabi, basta po sa 'kin gagalingan ko talaga and ‘di ba po hindi naman natin masasabi na lahat po ng tao magugustuhan. Basta po alam ko sa sarili ko na ginawa ko lahat ng best ko and kung hindi po ok sa kanila ‘yon, nirerespeto ko po yong sinasabi nila."
premiere on June 8 as part of ABS-CBN's roster of primetime programs.
Click HERE to view photos of the lead characters of Katorse.