Nadine Samonte feels she's being judged over an incident that never took place

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Actress Nadine Samonte is now handling the reins of Sunshine Dizon's role in Tinik Sa Dibdib. But she's just as busy these days swatting down the allegations of a certain TV personality against her.


Nadine Samonte was featured in Showbiz Central's "Gimme Mo" portion yesterday, November 1. The Tinik Sa Dibdib star looked beautiful albeit a little apprehensive as she got ready to be quizzed by Mo Twister.

Mo began the interview by relating an incident that was earlier aired on another program that supposedly showed Nadine's less than generous side. A certain Jason, identified in the other show as Jayson Gainza of Pinoy Big Brother, narrated that at the height of typhoon Ondoy, he and Nadine supposedly got trapped inside a gas station, and when he asked her for water, she reportedly refused him. Was this true?

"Itong kuwento, medyo tuminik sa dibdib ko iyon," Nadine quipped, referring to her show, but she admited, "Actually nasaktan ako kasi nag-judge agad sila na hindi pa nila alam ang totoong kuwento."

Nadine continued, "Ang kuwento noon, nandoon ako, na-trap ako. First, hindi gasoline station iyon. Second, walang humihingi sa akin ng tulong. So dumating siya doon, tinanong ko ang counter kung talagang dumating siya kasi hindi ko talaga siya nakita."

It sounds like Nadine tried to investigate Jason's story herself.

"Yes," Nadine affirmed. "In-investigate ko talaga kung totoo ang sinasabi niya na nagpunta siya. Nagpunta siya ng 5:30 p.m. Bumili siya ng mineral water at yosi. So paano ka hihingi ng tulong sa akin kung nakabili ka na, di ba?"

Is there anything she'd like to say to Jason?

"Ang message ko sa kanya is sana kung gagawa ka ng kuwento, e, siguraduhin mo na totoo," said Nadine. "Actually, kahit I dare him or i-dare ko kayo, e, tanungin niyo mismo na nandoon, e, sila makakasabi kung ano ang totoong nangyari doon... na-disappoint lang ako."

STEPPING IN FOR SUNSHINE. Nadine recently replaced Sunshine Dizon in the drama Tinik Sa Dibdib. Her fans were, of course, elated that she took over such a big role, but does she feel she'll be able to justify their belief in her?

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"Actually," began Nadine, "hindi ko masasabi na mas ibibigay ko ito kaysa sa kanya [Sunshine]. Siguro masasagot ko lang, gagawin ko ang lahat. Gagawin ko ang best ko at hindi ko ipapahiya ang GMA-7 na ako iyong pinili nilang kapalit."

What if her performance disappoints both her fans and Sunshine's?

"Sabi ko noong una pa lang, e, there is a comparison," said Nadine. "Hindi talaga mawawala iyon. So, kung hindi nila ako matatanggap, alam ko na may ibang tao na maiintindihan ang side ko. For sure, matatanggap niyo naman ako siguro."

MOM AS PARTNER IN WORK. Nadine's mom, Edjerita Burgos-Samonte, is said to accompany her daughter everywhere, from tapings to guestings. Is it true that Nadine sometimes feels that her mom is being overprotective of her?

"Actually hindi naman, e!" laughed Nadine. "Kahit ako, gusto ko kasama mom ko kasi siya lang iyong mapapagkatiwalaan ko. And first, ako ang nagda-drive, siya ang navigator ko. Ako yung makeup artist, siya ang hairdresser ko. Mother-daughter team talaga. Walang intrigang stage mother or overprotective."

Well, how about her lovelife? Would she want her mom to be involved in that as well?

"Pagdating naman sa lovelife, ang mom ko ay hinahayaan na niya ako," explained Nadine. "Basta pag may problema, sabi niya nandiyan lang siya."

Nadine once said that she would do everything to gain respect as a serious actress in the industry. But if the role of a lifetime involves daring and sexy scenes, would she do it?

"Sabi ko nga, kaya ko naman gawin, like medyo sexy or daring," Nadine said. "As long as ayoko pa munang mag-pose. Pero pagdating sa mga taping, e kaya ko naman iyon."

In other words, we won't be seeing Nadine on the pages of a sexy magazine any time soon.


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