StarStruck alumna Sheena Halili is known for her comedick sidekick roles in the past. But this Holy Week, she will show her dramatic skills in GMA-7’s special Lenten presentation titled Tanikala: Ang Ikalawang Libro to be shown on Maundy Thursday (April 1).
The said project, which is produced by The 700 Club Asia, will showcase Sheena’s rarely seen dramatic chops as an actress. More identified as a comedienne who bank on her innate kikay personality, doing drama according to Sheena was a challenge she found daunting at first.
"Mahirap din pala ’yong iyak ng iyak kasi nga sanay ako na nagpapatawa lang," said Sheena with a smile. "Pero challenging and ang sarap ng pakiramdam kasi nagawa ko naman daw ng maayos ’yong role ko."
In Tanikala: Ang Ikalawang Libro, Sheena will assume the role of Jenny. Though it may sound odd for a Lenten presentation, the special is actually a drama mixed with horror.
"High school student siya na sobrang galit siya sa parents niya kasi nga naghiwalay sila na hindi niya alam. Hindi naman kasi niya nakikita na may problema pala sa bahay nila tapos bigla na lang naghiwalay ’yong magulang niya. So, parang nakipag-deal sa kanya ’yong bad spirit, ’yong duwende, na ibabalik ’yong dad niya basta lang tulungan siya. Parang nasilaw siya sa offer nung duwende kaya pumanig siya sa side nung bad spirit. So, diyan sa story po nay an makikita po ng viewers kung paano na-overcome ni Jenny ’yong bad spirit," Sheena said in an intimate press conference held recently at the GMA Network Center in Quezon City.
Sheena, who is a proud Christian, said that while pulling off drama scenes was an achievement, the essence of the project bears more meaning to her than anything else.
"I’ve been looking for a way to give something back to our Lord," Sheena seriously mentioned.
Possessing a strong faith, likewise, broaden Sheena’s outlook both in her personal life and career. In fact, constantly playing supporting roles doesn’t bother her as much as it used to in the past.
"Okay lang na nandito ako, basta masaya ako, basta na-appreciate ’yong ginagawa ko. Ang gusto ko lang this year mas madagdagan ’yong mga tao na matuturing na blessing ako sa buhay nila, or dumagdag pa ’yong friends ko na magiging blessing din sa akin."
Catch Tanikala: Ang Ikalawang Libro on Maundy Thursday, April 1, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on GMA-7.