Angelica Panganiban describes how she internalizes a character

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Angelica Panganiban tells how she prepares to portray a character: "Iba akong umaral ng character—ninanamnam ko siya, dinadala ko siya kung nasaan man ako."


From playing the role of Becky in the 1995 movie Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa, which earned her Best Child Actress awards from different award-giving bodies, Angelica Panganiban evolved into a better actress as she was growing up.

Her latest projects, the movie A Love Story (2007) and the primetime soap Iisa Pa Lamang (2007), added Best Supporting Actress trophies to her collection of acting awards.

So, how does Angelica pull off the character she is playing in a movie or a TV project?

"Hindi ko rin alam," she told the media after signing a two-year contract with Star Cinema recently. "Parang kapag nandoon ka na, para ka nang magsha-shutdown. Siguro kasi, once nakilala ko na yung character... Iba akong umaral ng character—ninanamnam ko siya, dinadala ko siya kung nasaan man ako."

She continued, "Hindi naman 'yong OA [over-acting], pero hindi ko siya tatanggalin sa isip ko hangga't ginagawa ko 'tong project na 'to, nandito lang siya palagi. So, anytime na sabihin mo, 'Okay ganito ka.' Okay, alam ko kung papaano siya magagalit, alam ko kung papaano siya iiyak, alam ko kung papaano siya masasaktan, alam ko kung paano 'yong tawa niya."

What's the most difficult role she has done so far?

"Noong ginawa ko 'yong Maging Sino Ka Man [2007]. 'Yong mga first four or five weeks ko doon kasi, sa Tenement kami nakatira, then, may anak ako sa labas. 'Tapos parang, di ba, si Tita Osang [Rosanna Roces] and nanay ko doon at mahirap lang kami."

She said that every role she did would always be memorable for her. "Siyempre, lahat naman po memorable, hindi ko makakalimutan. Parang nahirapan ka, nadalian ka, laging may tumatatak sa isip mo, 'Ah, ito, masaya ito kasi ganun. Ito, mahirap 'to kasi ganun,'" explained Angelica.

IMPERSONATING KRIS AQUINO. In her weekend TV gag show Banana Split, the public saw the versatility of Angelica as an actress. From drama, she shifted to comedy and began impersonating the Queen of Talk Kris Aquino in its segment called "NNNN," a parody of the late-night showbiz program SNN.

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Angelica related how this idea started, "Biglaan po kasi 'yon kasi nag-reformat kami ng Banana Split. So, bagong barkada, may boys na hindi namin alam kung papaano titimplahin 'yong show. Wala pa kaming script noong araw na 'yon. 'Tapos nang nabasa ko, una kong naramdaman, hindi ko naisip si Ate Kris na baka ma-offend siya or matakot siya, dapat magpaalam muna tayo. Noong nakita ko, sabi ko, 'Oh my God, paano nga siya?' 'Yon lang muna ang iniisip ko."

It was her first time to do an impersonation and watching Kris's show with Boy Abunda helped Angelica copy the gestures of Kris. She added, "Aliw na aliw kasi talaga ako sa SNN. Kapag napapanood ko siya [Kris], talagang naka-pose siya sa likod ni Tito Boy. Kaya sobrang ganadong-ganado ako noong umpisa pa lang. 'Tapos tuwang-tuwa naman sila Direk Bobot [Mortiz], sabi niya, 'Tuluy-tuloy na natin 'to.'"

At the time of this interview, Angelica said she has not talked to Kris yet about her newest character in Banana Split. However, the day they taped the first "NNNN," she was able to relate this to Kris, who was then taping for SNN.

She narrated, "Dinalaw ko lang siya noong nag-e-SNN siya, 'tapos ako, nag-e-"NNNN" ako. Tawa lang siya nang tawa, naloloka daw siya. Hindi pa naipapalabas 'yon, e. 'Yon ang first week, dinalaw ko siya kasi, taping din kami. Tawa siya nang tawa, 'tapos sinasabayan ko lang ang tawa niya, 'Naloloka ako!'"

Angelica was also glad that she's been getting positive reviews about her being "Chrissy" on "NNNN."

"Siyempre, nakakatuwa, di ba? Alam naman nating lahat na kapag may masabi ka lang na hindi maganda, baka magalit siya. O may tao sa paligid mo na baka maapektuhan, di ba? Nakakatuwa naman, so far, at sana walang mangyaring ganun," said Angelica.

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