Kaye Abad is taking her acting prowess to new heights as she assumes the role of the cruel Stella in the ABS-CBN remake of Annaliza.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and two other members of the press last May 30, Thursday, at the thanksgiving dinner of the cast and crew of Annaliza, the morena actress said that her gentle features initially posted a problem.
Kaye relayed, “Ang amo ng mukha ko! Number one problema nila 'yan!
“Hindi nila alam kung pa’no pagmumukhaing matapang yung mukha ko. Sabi ko, hindi ko rin alam.”
A boost came from one of the directors of Annaliza, Direk Theodore Boborol (the other, Direk Cathy Camarillo), who encouraged the jittery Kaye, “Kaya mo 'yan. Magtutulungan tayo.”
The first step was to perm Kaye’s hair— “Ayun, kinrimper [crimp] namin yung buhok ko. Kinulot-kulot namin talaga!
“Di ba, alam mo naman sa atin, pag kulot, kontrabida. At least, kahit papa’no nakatulong!,” she laughed.
And then they made her wear skimpy outfits that somehow made Kaye, previously known for girl-next-door roles, look bolder.
“So kumbaga, doble effort, e,” reckoned Kaye, who by now perfectly accepts the challenges of Stella’s character.
The actress added that internalizing the character is key.
“Internalize lang talaga na hindi ako mayaman.
“Ang peg nila dito parang palengkera talaga. Sobrang opposite ko.
“Kailangan pag nasa set ako, kailangan hindi ako ganito.
“Kailangan Stella ako para magtuloy-tuloy siya, na magmukhang normal siya onscreen.”
REUNION WITH PATRICK GARCIA. In this project, Kaye bumps into her former co-talent in the popular ‘90s series, Tabing Ilog. The actress recalls Patrick Garcia as the “golden boy” of their batch of actors that includes Jodi Sta. Maria, Desiree Del Valle, Baron Geisler, Paula Peralejo, and John Lloyd Cruz, who played Kaye’s loveteam partner.
Asked how it is working once again with the former matinee idol, Kaye giggled, “Tagal [na]! Tabing Ilog pa yung huli.
“After Ilog, naghiwahiwalay kami tapos nag-seven [GMA-7] siya, di ba?
“Tapos ngayon lang siya bumalik uli. Nakakatuwa.
“Nung una nga kami nagkita, medyo nagkaka-ilangan pa kami!”
Kaye admitted having a crush on Patrick before, but then again, almost every girl in their circle found Patrick cute.
“Parang wala yatang may hindi may crush kay Patrick noong araw…
“Bilang siya ang nagpasikat sa buhok na may hati sa gitna, saka braces,” Kaye remarked, letting out a hearty chuckle.
Today Kaye and Patrick’s characters jump from the teenagers they once portrayed to adults who are former lovers in Annaliza.
Recognizing that Patrick has matured, the actress attests to the improvement in his acting.
“Mas malalim na siya. Nakikita ko na yung lalim niya ngayon and natural na natural na siya ngayon.”
KAYE ON MARRIAGE. As the interview touched on the obligatory “How’s your lovelife?” Kaye made it clear that marrying her boyfriend, actor Guji Lorenzana, will not happen in the near future.
“Pagdating sa pag-aasawa kasi, wala pa sa isip ko ‘yan. Hindi ko talaga alam," she said.
“Lovelife, okay naman ako. Masaya. Okay ako. Yun na yun!”
The actress has practical reasons for not wanting to settle down yet. “Wala, mahirap ang buhay. Trabaho muna kasi sayang ang opportunity.
“E, pag nawala 'yan hindi mo… sa dami nang bagong kabataang artista ngayon, mahirap mawala.
“Saka madali lang naman yun, e. Ipon muna tapos pag ready na, e di saka go!”
Kaye pointed out that she is happy the way her life is now, having a “single” civil status, for one.
“Kasi siguro na-e-enjoy ko pa rin yung single ka.
“Pag may asawa ka na, mahirap na. Ang dami mo nang resonsibilidad.
“So, hindi sa ayaw ko sa responsibility pero… pag nag-asawa ka na e siyempre iba na yun.
“Dalawa na kayo sa lahat ng bagay, [kung] magde-desisyon dalawa kayo dapat.
“Parang hindi pa ako handa doon.”
Kaye admitted, however, that she sort of envies her friends whenever one of them walks down the aisle.
She mused, “Naiinggit ako pag uma-attend ako ng kasal. Pag naglalakad na sila sa aisle, nakakainggit.
“Pero after, lumilipas din!” she took back, laughing at herself.
PARENTAL PRESSURE. Being her parents’ eldest child, Kaye does get pressured by them to settle down and give them grandkids.
“Pine-pressure na ako. Kasi may apo na sila dun sa pangalawa, may apo na sila dun sa pangatlo.
“Ako yung panganay. Ako yung wala.
“Sinasabi nila, mahihirapan na nga raw pag may edad na.
“Minsan, iniisip ko rin talaga na, kailan kaya?”
Despite these thoughts, Kaye is certain she will not allow herself to get married just because of pressure by the people around her.
As with all things, she said she leaves it to God’s will.
“Siguro si Lord na bahala dun kung tingin Niya… kumbaga, nasa Kanya rin yung timing na yun.
“Kung tingin Niya handa na ako, siguro mararamdaman ko na lang yun.”
STEADY GUJI. Kaye refused to disclose how long she and Guji have been a couple. She is one of those women who do not keep track.
“Hindi ko na maalala. Walang formal na… Hindi ko na alam. Ang importante, masaya.”
Does she see herself settling down with the 33-year-old hunk?
Kaye replied, “Oo naman! Nakikita ko [siya], pero hindi ko pa nakikita yung sarili ko na ikakasal pa kasi… hindi ko alam [kung] bakit.”
According to Kaye, Guji, on the one hand, is just about ready to get settled.
“Parang siya, handa na yata siya. Kasi alam ko dati, may girlfriend siya, nagpropose siya, e.
“Kumbaga, before pa talaga, ready na siya,” Kaye said.
Asked point-blank how she would react if her boyfriend proposed to her right now, Kaye’s expression turned from calm to dumbfounded.
Grasping for words, she laughed, “Baka tumakbo ako!”
Taking it back, she said, “Hindi… Feeling ko nararamdaman niya na hindi pa ako handa.
“Saka nababasa niya mga interview ko, nakikita niya hindi pa ako handa.
“Hindi pa talaga ako handa. So, alam naman niya yun.”
KEEPING IT SIMPLE. If there is anything about Kaye and Guji that has made their relationship strong for the past couple of years, the actress believes that it is his understanding and the trust they have for each other.
“Kasi understanding [siya], number one talaga yun, e!
“And tiwala sa isa’t isa. Saka ano rin naman na, may Facetime na ngayon. Okay na rin!,” she kidded.
If a wedding does push through, Kaye said it would be unlike her childhood dream that of a prince and princess’ wedding
Kaye said, “Dati gusto ko engrande nung bata ako. Pangarap kong maging prinsesa. Ang taas nga ng pangarap ko!
“Ngayon, naiisip ko, bilang tumatanda na [ako], nalalaman mo na yung hirap ng buhay, kung pa'no kumita ng pera, sabi ko kahit simple lang.
“Basta church wedding.”