Michelle Vito gets comfortable playing kontrabida

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“Actually, sobrang kulit ko po talaga. Kapag nakilala n’yo po talaga ako, sobrang makulit ako, malakas ‘yong boses, laging tumatawa,” says Michelle Vito about herself to show that she’s different from the characters she usually portrays on television.


When a celebrity often plays a kontrabida role, people usually think that they have the same attitude in real life.

Michelle Vito disagrees and says she’s the exact opposite of the character she portrays in Aryana.

In a short chat with the 14-year-old mestiza actress at the thanksgiving press conference prepared for the show last Saturday, June 16, she described herself when off camera.

“Actually, sobrang kulit ko po talaga,” she told the media.

“Kapag nakilala n’yo po talaga ako, sobrang makulit ako, malakas ‘yong boses, laging tumatawa.

“Hindi po talaga ako sumisimangot. Gusto ko lang po talaga palaging nakangiti.”

So, how does she transform into a mean girl when the camera starts rolling?

“Minsan parang may pinanghuhugutan din,” she replied.

The young actress takes her past experiences as motivation to portray the character of Megan Mendez, the antagonist to Ellen Cruz’s character.

“Siyempre, kasi parang hindi rin natin maiiwasan na minsan nagagalit tayo o naiinis, may nakakaaway, so doon ko na lang po nilalabas.

“Kasi, hindi naman po ako masyadong lumalaban kapag may nakikipag-away sa akin. Parang palagi na lang po akong umiiyak.

“Pero kapag naro-roll na po, parang doon ko na lang po nilalabas.”

LEADER OF THE GANG. Playing kontrabida is not the first time for Michelle. She had the same type of character in her previous TV projects on GMA-7: Tween Hearts (2010), Basahang Ginto (2010), First Time (2010) and Nita Negrita (2011).

But Megan is extra special because this time, Michelle acts as the leader of a group of mean girls.

She related, “Since po dati, ‘yon na po talaga ‘yong role na ginagawa ko. Pero po ngayon iba kasi ‘yong [kontrabida].

“Dati po kasi, puro kaibigan lang ako ng mean girl.

“Ngayon kasi, ako na ang leader, so, parang nae-enjoy ko ngayon.

“Ako na ‘yong leader ngayon, dati parang alalay lang ako.”

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Like other actors who played antagonist, Michelle has started getting hate messages from the audience, including minor physical threats, which she just ignores.

“Sabi nila, ang sarap daw akong sabunutan,” the shy young lady replied with a smile.

She continued narrating, “Huwag daw akong papakita sa kanila kasi aanuhin daw nila ako.

“Sa location nga po namin ngayon na school, kasi pasukan na, sana raw po maabutan po nila ako para mabatukan ako kasi sobrang arte ko raw po.”

Whenever she gets such messages on social networking sites, Michelle says, “Hindi ko po sinasagot. Pero natutuwa po talaga ako, nire-retweet ko siya kasi nakaka-enjoy.”

LOOKING UP TO JULIA MONTES. If anyone inspires Michelle to do kontrabida roles, it would be her fellow Star Magic talent Julia Montes.

The Aryana actress said she liked how Julia becomes “mataray” in the soap opera remake of Mara Clara (2010).

“Super galing po talaga niya,” she said in amazement.

“Kapag nag-a-act po talaga siya, nakakainis nang sobra.

“Ang galing niya kasi nga maldita, pagkatapos may pinanghuhugutan din kasi ‘yong kuwento niya, di ba?

“Parang sa lahat ng bagay naa-acting niya, kahit na po malungkot o mabait.

“Ang galing po talaga niya.”

Michelle hopes that the viewers appreciate her as a kontrabida. But as she grows older in showbiz, the young actress says, “Gusto ko lang din naman po i-try ‘yong mabait.”


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