Kim Komatsu channels her real-life “heavy drama” as best motivation for first major acting break

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Much like her character Eliana in the upcoming GMA-7 afternoon soap, Kakambal ni Eliana, young actress Kim Komatsu was also solely raised by her grandmother, who passed away in 2011. Kim, whose mom is an overseas worker in Japan, has independently worked her way through television and movie projects, including the indie film Mga Mumunting Lihim where she starred as the young Iza Calzado.

Unlike her contemporaries, 18-year-old Kim Komatsu has yet to have her own Wikipedia page. This is surprising, considering how she has chalked up enough acting credentials over the past two years.

Kim started appearing on television when she was sixteen years old and landed a minor role in Reel Love presents Tween Hearts. The weekend youth-oriented show cast Kim alongside GMA-7’s tween stars Barbie Forteza and Bea Binene, whose substantial back stories appear in their respective Wikipedia profiles.

Truth is, Kim isn't exactly nameless in the entertainment circuit.

If anything, a significant first detail that could appear on her online portfolio would be her recent nomination as “New Movie Actress of the Year” at the 2013 Star Awards for Movies. Apparently, Kim was a clear standout when she played the role of the young Iza Calzado in the Jose Javier Reyes indie, Mga Mumunting Lihim.

Aside from that significant detail, her soon-to-be-available Wikipedia profile could also make mention of her acting stints in the Kapuso soaps Sinner or Saint [2011] and Biritera [2012]; not to mention her recent, more significant role in the defunct Korean-novela remake of Coffee Prince [2012] where she played the character of the younger sister of Kapuso prime actress, Kris Bernal.

Enter 2013, the Year of the Water Snake, when Kim was offered by GMA-7 to finally star in the upcoming afternoon soap Kakambal ni Eliana (formerly titled Serpentina) where she takes on her first lead role—a girl whose (Siamese) twin is a snake.

Excited, elated, and still incredulous about a major task just handed to her by her home network, Kim told (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the pocket press interview of Kakambal ni Eliana last February 26 that she's out to prove herself worthy of the role—with much apprehension, of course.


Asked if she feels the pressure, Kim let out a breath of contained anxiety and exclaimed, “Ayan. Sobra!”

The newbie, who appears to embrace the expectations that came with the major stint, promised to level-up from her minor roles.

“Ibang Kim po yung makikita niyo. Ibang Kim yung mapapanood niyo.

“Kasi nung past shows ko, jolly, kikay ako. Yung sa Coffee Prince, kapatid po ako dun ni Kris Bernal. Super kikay, ganun.

“Pero ngayon, heavy drama po ang role ko dito kaya sobrang ano talaga yung preparasyon ko dito... tutok po talaga ako!”

Kim told PEP that she and her co-actors Enzo Pineda, Kristoffer Martin, and Lexi Fernandez are currently focused on their workshop and will continue to undergo their acting lessons even when the soap begins airing on April 22.

“HEAVY-DRAMA.” The cast and crew of Kakambal ni Eliana have already started taping since February 25, the day prior to the said interview.

Kim was half-embarrassed and half-pleased that she showed up way ahead of the imposed call time for her very first taping day.

The charming morena beauty narrated, “First day ko po kahapon. Sobrang excited ko, ang aga ko dumating. Call time [ay] 6:00 AM, [pero] 5:15 AM andun na ako!”

Just how eager was Kim to face the cameras? Despite living only fifteen minutes away from the Marikina location of the taping, she still chose to get a headstart and forego the extra time she had for sleep.

Adjustments, Kim reiterated, she can live with, knowing how her new challenge as lead actress will put her through long, grueling hours on the set. She stated, “Gusto ko po yung ginagawa ko. Enjoy naman po ako.”


The actress is convinced that she was entrusted with Eliana’s role for a reason. “Siguro po may nakita sila sa akin…”

While Kim can't seem to put a finger on what exactly got her the role, she said that whoever was responsible for casting knew that she was literally like Eliana.

“Siguro kasi ako po … kasi ako lumaki ako kasama ko yung lola ko. E ang story [ni Eliana] lumaki sa lolo at lola, ganun.”

In an intimate portion of the chat, Kim told that Eliana can be emotional. When the character undergoes extreme emotions of sadness or anger, her twin snake emerges from her spine.

In more ways thaan one, Kim is Eliana who experiences genuine emotions.

“Madami po akong pinanghuhugutan. Kasi parang yung life ko, heavy drama rin,” relayed the actress whose smile conceals a teleserye-like life story.

KIM’S STORY. “Hindi naman ako emo [emotional] pero madrama yung buhay ko. Kaya siguro medyo nakaka-relate ako [sa character],” Kim started.

She opened up that she was raised by her grandmother before she could even walk or talk.

Kim confessed that she grew up without her father and mother beside her.

“Hiwalay na sila. Mommy ko nag-Japan, may kanya-kanya na silang pamilya kaya lumaki ako sa lola ko.”

In 2011, Kim lost her grandmother while was taping for Tween Hearts. Since then, a family friend has taken over the role of becoming her guardian.

The actress added that she and her mother, who still works and resides in Japan with Kim’s brother, remain close and connected.


“Once a year lang sila umuuwi dito kasi yung kapatid ko nag-aaral po doon. Uuwi sila one week lang, pero okay lang at least nakaka-uwi sila,” Kim relayed.

However sad she seemed about their dismal communication, Kim's composure changed when she narrated how she broke the good news to her mom. She exclaimed, “Sobrang proud ng nanay ko sa akin.

“Parang magkapatid lang kami ng nanay ko, e. Parang magkaibigan lang kami.”

The actress recounted how glad her mother was upon hearing the good news that her daughter got her first major project.

“Ako yung bida,” Kim told her via online chat and webcam.

“Good news yan!” her mother said.

GOALS. Starring in her first television show may be a major milestone in Kim’s young career, but her real dream— being able to provide for her family— is the actress’s even bigger goal in life.

She quipped, “Pumasok talaga ako dito para tulungan yung pamilya ko kasi ayaw ko namang panghabang buhay nagtatrabaho yung nanay ko sa Japan.

“Gusto ko rin po siya makasama.

“Pag ako, naka-ipon nang malaki-laki, papauwiin ko nanay ko, ‘Lika na, ako na magtatrabaho.’”

Her other plans include getting her undergraduate degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and being as great as her idols Kris Bernal and Gloria Romero.

“Alam ko naman po na marami pang puwedeng piliin sa binigay na role [sa akin]. Thankful ako na sa akin binigay yung role”

She need not reiterate that final statement. Life owes Kim Komatsu this one big, providential break.






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