Playing the spunky character of Jasmine in the local adaptation of the hit Koreanovela My Girl is both easy and tough, according to Kim Chiu.
Describing Jasmine's attributes, the teen actress said, smiling, "Happy. Bubbly."
But what made Kim's interpretation of the role different from the original is how she integrated her own energy with the beloved Korean character's happy nature.
"Dinagdagan ko na lang ng magagalaw na movements para magmukha talaga siyang kengkoy. Pero ‘yong masayahin, nandoon naman po kaya okay lang. High energy lagi kaya masaya," she added during the press preview of My Girl held at the Studio One of ABS-CBN last night, May 22.
RETURN TO SENDER? Despite considering other actors to play the part of Julian, ABS-CBN decided to pair Kim once again with love-team partner Gerald Anderson.
My Girl co-director Jerome Pobocan expressed delight with the final choice. "Why fix it if ain't broke?" he told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a separate interview, pertaining to the love team of Kim and Gerald.
Kim, who just turned 18 last April 19, received a pink Ford Lynx from Gerald as a birthday present.
"Hindi ko nga po alam, e, nagulat na lang ako, kasi sinabi ko ‘yon sa birthday presscon ko na gusto ko ng pink car. Hindi ko naman alam na tototohanin niya [Gerald] pala. Tapos ayun, nagulat ako tapos sabi ko, ‘Bakit?' Sabi niya ‘Wala. Kasi kung magbibigay ako ng iba, hindi mo naman magagamit,'" said Kim.
The chinita actress was reluctant to accept the gift at first. Her strict dad even suggested that she politely return the vehicle. Gerald, as expected, was against the idea.
"Oo, nung una ayaw niyang [Kim's father] tanggapin. Tapos nagagalit pa siya [Gerald], sabi niya sayang naman ‘yong effort ko na maghanap ng ganitong kotse tapos papakulayan ng pink. Sayang naman daw," recalled the 2006 Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Big Winner.
STILL REEL, NOT REAL. During Kim's belated debut party last April 26 at the Glass Garden in Santolan, Pasig City, Gerald was very vocal in saying that given a chance, he would love to formally court Kim.
Almost a month since Gerald's brave confession, Kim was asked about the real status of their off-screen relationship.
"Hindi pa," replied Kim when quizzed if they are already an item. The young actress openly admitted her apprehensions in taking their friendship to the next level, particularly the repercussions of facing relationship issues and its effect on their professional lives.
"Dahan-dahan lang kasi nakakatakot din ‘pag kayo magka-love team. Paano kung mangyari mag-away kayo, masisira 'yong trabaho," reasoned Kim before adding, "kasi ako ‘yong breadwinner ng pamilya ko."
Some reporters joked that perhaps Gerald was already fishing for that elusive "yes" when he presented her the expensive birthday present.
"Hindi naman po ganoon si Gerald, nanghihingi ng kapalit," Kim yelped in defense of Gerald.
That said, Kim clarified that she's not shutting down the possibility of entering into a serious relationship with her co-PBB Celebrity Edition housemate. But for now, she'd rather have fate take its course than force the issue.
"Hindi naman puwedeng madaliin ‘yong mga bagay-bagay, di ba?" She stressed, "Kahit sino hindi dapat magmadali, kung nandiyan 'yan para sa ‘yo, para sa ‘yo talaga ‘yan."