Ina Raymundo makes her comeback bid in ABS-CBN's upcoming series, Precious Hearts Romances Presents Midnight Phantom.
For Midnight Phantom, Ina will portray the role of stepmother to Denise Laurel's character. Based on the nature of the character created by author Martha Cecilia, Ina will be required to assume a sexy mama persona.
At the story conference prepared by ABS-CBN at the Pinoy Dream Academy house in Quezon City on July 24, Ina expressed anxiety over the demands of the role. For one, she's curious how an afternoon audience would react to her character.
"Challenging ang role ko dito kasi as a young Anya. Anya ang pangalan ko dito, isa akong wild na walang direction ang buhay. Kumbaga, pabaya sa sarili, lasenggera, ganun. Pero ten years later talagang nagbago siya. Nagkaroon siya ng 180 degree turn. Kaya ako naging intersado sa character na 'to kasi bad girl siya na naging good girl," explained Ina to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the story conference.
STILL A SEXY MAMA. For someone who made a name doing sexy films like Madame X, Shame and Burlesk Queen Ngayon, Ina—who is happily married for seven years to Canadian husband Bryan Poturnak—said she's no longer comfortable doing sexy scenes in front of the camera.
In hindsight, Ina admitted having a few regrets in doing sexy roles back then.
Married life, according to the former Sabado Nights Girl, continues to be blissful. Being a mother to three wonderful kids, likewise, drastically changed Ina's priorities and outlook in life.
"Walang panghihinayang because I feel so fulfilled right now. 'Yong tatlo kong anak daig ko pa ang nanalo ng isang award kaya I'm so happy."
Even Ina's main consideration in accepting projects involves her children: "Gusto ko talaga yong puwede nilang mapanood. Yon na yong aking conviction."
At 31 and despite being a mother, Ina has managed to maintain her curves and sexy figure, which perhaps is also the main reason why projects continue to go her way.
"I eat well," she said matter-of-factly when asked about her diet regimen.
"Kumbaga ako yong tipong kahit may party o may handa diyan na sobrang sarap, na talagang magdu-drool ka sa sarap, hindi talaga ako kakain ng marami. Kakain ako pero konti lang. Lagi kong naiisip na, 'No, I cannot eat a lot.' Basta I eat well and I eat healthy food... more on protein and vegetables, mahilig ako sa vegetables."