Malaysian actress Carmen Soo: "Nobody likes to be tagged as boyfriend stealer."

Sep 5, 2008
"Well, I don't have no idea. I don't know the actual timing it was happening, so I don't know what's going on. So I just knew after...I think, it just so happened that we were shooting when it happened. But I think, it could be any girl or actress, and it's just so easy to point me," says Carmen Soo about being dragged into the breakup of Jericho Rosales and Heart Evangelista.

Matagal nang pinag-uusapan ang pinakabagong primetime series ng ABS-CBN, ang Kahit Isang Saglit. Kagabi, September 4, sa 13th Floor ng ELJ Building sa ABS-CBN, naganap ang press conference ng naturang teleserye na pinagbibidahan nina Jericho Rosales at ng Malaysian actress na si Carmen Soo.

Bagay kay Carmen ang title na "Malaysia's Brightest Star" dahil mukhang napaka-approachable at palangiti niya. Hindi lang kami sigurado kung dito na lang sa Pilipinas ibinigay sa actress o sa Malaysia pa lamang ang naturang titulo.

Ayon kay Carmen, masaya siya dahil animo'y nalilibot niya ang mga magagandang tanawin dito sa Pilipinas dahil karamihan sa kanila ay location ng kanilang shoot. Isang magandang experience din daw para sa kanya ang makatrabaho ang mga Filipino actors.

"First of all, I think, everyone went to Malaysia...It's kind of adjusting working here and the shoot of Malaysia is different, like the kind of hours, of course, the style and what they like to see in the teleserye and script itself. It's a whole big adjustment and I think, it's an amazing experience. It's a learning experience for me and every single actor has something different to offer, and it's just an honor to be able to work with all of them," nakangiting pahayag ni Carmen.

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PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Carmen if she will consider to continue working in the Philippines as an actress after Kahit Isang Saglit.

"Well, I have been asked before and, maybe, if another good project comes along. But unfortunately, I don't speak Tagalog just yet, so I have to stick to English for now," saad niya.

Ang maganda kay Carmen ay nakakaintindi at nakapagsasalita siya ng English fluently. Kaya kahit paano ay hindi siya nahihirapan makipag-communicate sa mga naging katrabaho niyang mga Pinoy.

JERICHO'S SUPERSTAR STATUS IN MALAYSIA. During the press conference, pinatunayan ng ibang co-stars nila sa Kahit Isang Saglit, tulad ni Albert Martinez, ang superstar status ni Jericho sa Malaysia. Ipinalabas din kasi doon ang ilang mga teleserye ng young actor, gaya ng Pangako Sa ‘Yo. Dahil daw sa status na yun ni Echo, hindi raw sila nahirapan sa kahit anong check point ‘tulad halimbawa sa airport.

Tinanong namin si Carmen kung kilala na niya si Jericho bago pa sila nagkatrabaho ni Jericho.

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"Well, I don't watch too much TV, unfortunately," sagot niya. "But I heard about Pangako Sa ‘Yo and his name, but that was all I know about him. That he's big and he also did a Malay movie in Malaysia. So before I came here for the first press conference in April, I Googled him and found out more about him because I'm gonna work with him."

Ang nakita raw niya tungkol kay Echo when she searched his name ay yung mga achievements nito, projects, his singing career "and lots of pictures."

So, how does she find Jericho?

"Oh, he's great!" bulalas niya. "I've met him on the day of the press conference, just two hours before the press conference. And he's warm, he's nice, and I know that he's a big star. And I just realized how big star he is until I came here. I knew he's big, but maybe not that big... But wow, in awe! He's really nice, very warm, and very open to be working together and not like, ‘Okay, I'll do my thing and you do your thing.' But you know, it's like, ‘Let's work together.'"

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Hindi naman itinanggi ni Carmen that she finds Jericho attractive. "Of course", sabi niya. "He's a very good-looking man and nobody can deny that."

FALLING FOR ECHO. At present, wala raw love life o boyfriend na naiwan si Carmen sa Malaysia. Pero natawa ito when asked if it's possible for her to fall for Echo.

"I don't think that relationship is my priority right now, so, no!" natatawa niyang sabi. "But what I like most with Jericho is the fact that he has a very positive vibes around him, even though he's been going through a lot with his personal life.

"Actually, as I've said before, I didn't realize that he was going through that [breakup with Heart Evangelista] until probably more than a month after it happened. And I knew that he was upset about something, but I didn't know for what. But he always has a positive vibes and even till today when he is very tired, overworked, he still wants to be happy about things and really looking forward for every day. And I think, I learned that from him."

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Hindi naman lingid sa karamihan na isa ang pangalan ni Carmen sa mga babaeng lumabas na diumano'y naging reason ng breakup noon nina Jericho at Heart.

"Well, I don't have no idea. I don't know the actual timing it was happening, so I don't know what's going on. So I just knew after...I think, it just so happened that we were shooting when it happened. But I think, it could be any girl or actress and it's just so easy to point me," pahayag ni Carmen.

Nagalit ba siya when she first heard about the issue?

"I'm kind of mad because nobody likes to be tagged as boyfriend stealer. They know. He knows. So okay..."

Hindi pa raw sila nagkakaroon ng chance na lumabas o mag-date man lamang ni Jericho while she's here in the Philippines. At nang tanungin siya kung bakti hindi pa, itinuro na lang niya si Echo. Kung nanood man daw siya ng sine o namasyal o nag-shopping, mostly ang mga producer niya sa Malaysia ang kasama niya.

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May nagsabi tuloy na baka natatakot siyang lumabas with Jericho dito sa bansa dahil sa pagkakadawit niya sa breakup nina Heart at Echo.

Tumawa muna si Carmen bago sumagot. Aniya, "Actually, coming here in the Philippines is a bit of a culture shock for me because everyone is so involved in the entertainment industry, unlike in Malaysia that everyone can...you know, he can walk around. People can recognize him but he can do things alone. So, it's still a culture shock for me. But most of the time, he's busy doing a lot of things, that's why."
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"Well, I don't have no idea. I don't know the actual timing it was happening, so I don't know what's going on. So I just knew after...I think, it just so happened that we were shooting when it happened. But I think, it could be any girl or actress, and it's just so easy to point me," says Carmen Soo about being dragged into the breakup of Jericho Rosales and Heart Evangelista.
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