Bea Alonzo draws out "organic emotion" in doing heavy drama

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"Masokista siguro ako kasi mas gusto ko yung heavy [drama]," answered Bea Alonzo when asked what genre she's comfortable with in a movie or a TV series.


Since her first major TV series Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay in 2002, people already saw young actress Bea Alonzo shed copious tears in her dramatic scenes. The last time Bea remembered crying a lot was in 2006, when she played Jackie Madrigal in the primetime soap Maging Sino Ka Man. This was followed by its second installment titled Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik (2007).

Many viewers wondered how the 21-year-old actress could produce buckets of tears just to play a fictional role. Bea answered, "It's an 'organic emotion!'"

She related at a press conference held recently that she always gets the same question when talking about being an actress. She said, "Lagi ko ngang sinasabi—kasi laging tinatanong sa akin at siguro sa aming lahat ng nagso-soap or nagda-drama—there is no such thing [as technique]. And I don't believe in that. Maybe there is pero I don't use it."

She described how this 'organic emotion' works for her.

"Seriously, kapag ano, hindi mo kasi [puwedeng] huhugot ka sa iba o kaya gusto mo lang magpatulo ng luha. Hindi naman siya ganun. Kung lagi mo siyang ginagawa, kahit tanungin mo sa mga artista na nagso-soap, hindi mahirap umiyak kung lagi mo siyang ginagawa. Mas mahirap humugot ng emosyon at intindihin ang character."

Bea added that she uses the situation in the story to motivate herself emotionally for a scene.

"Kapag naka-internalize ka na doon sa character, once na sabihin mo yung word na nasa script, parang mararamdaman mo siya, e. So, 'yong voice mo nagbre-break siya sa first certain lines at hindi mo sinasadya 'yon kasi naka-internalize ka na.

"Siguro noong nag-uumpisa ako, hindi pa ako marunong [umarte], personal talaga 'yon. Kasi, nag-uumpisa ka pa lang, e, hindi mo alam kung ano ba ibig sabihin noon. Pero as you grow in this business, it helps na parang, 'Ay, ayaw ko na gamitin ang totoong buhay. Puwede naman na ganito lang and gamitin 'yong character.' And mas sumasakto siya—'yong kada luha mo, kada blink ng mata mo, kada taas ng kilay mo—hindi mo na lang siya sinasadya. Hindi ka na nag-iisip, lumalabas na lang [luha] nang kusa, mas maganda."

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HEART DOCTOR SAYS. Personally, Bea admitted that crying too much on television series somehow has an effect on her health.

She narrated, "I asked my cardio about that kasi noong Maging Sino Ka Man Book 1, sobrang daming emotional scenes doon. 'Tapos nagha-hyperventilate na ako most of the scenes kasi hindi ka nakakabitaw. Kasi si Jackie [Bea's character], wala na yata siyang happy moment sa buhay niya—kahit na happy ako, tears of joy pa rin.

"Pumunta ako sa [cardiologist], in-ECG niya ako, lahat-lahat. Sabi niya, mayroon akong irregular heartbeat. Pero sabi niya naman it's not too dangerous or scary kasi nga siguro mga 30 percent or 40 percent of women may gano'n. So, sabi niya lang sa akin, huwag masyadong magkakape. 'Tapos sabi niya, 'Puwede bang huwag ka masyadong umiyak sa [soap opera]?' So sabi ko, 'Mawawalan ako ng trabaho."

The lead actress in Star Cinema's 16th anniversary movie offering And I Love You So added that each time she started doing heavy drama scenes, it was always hard for her to go back to reality.

"Hindi ako get out [sa character] kaagad," she said. "Ngayon medyo inaano ko na kasi pinapatawa na nila ako. Alam mo 'yon, lalo na kapag ending yung scene na breakdown, kahit na titigil ka na, ang sakit pa rin [sa dibdib].

ON ACTING AWARDS. Since she started her career in showbiz in 2002, Bea still never had the luck to win an acting award, although she was nominated twice as Best Actress by two different award-giving bodies for the movie One More Chance in 2008.

Bea said winning an award is not her main goal whenever she portrays a character, whether in a movie or TV series.

"It would be an honor kung makaka-receive ako, pero wala akong cravings for that. Parang hindi ko siya iniisip na, 'Kailangan ganito ang ibigay ko kasi magkaka-award ako.' But importante sa akin 'yong after how many years, maalala pa rin nila 'yong characters ko. 'Yong ganun, mas maaalala ka kaysa sa awards.

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"Hindi mo naman maipapakita sa lahat ng tao ['yong awards], mas maaalala 'yong memory mo kapag pinanood ka, 'tapos sasabihin nila, 'Ay, favorite ko si Ganito.' Naiiwan siya sa memory mo, 'tapos kapag nagkukwentuhan kayo about best Filipino movies, masasabi ka, mas rewarding."


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