Kaye Abad: My family is my best stress-reliever

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(Clockwise from top left) Kaye Abad—here photographed with Annaliza castmates Carlo Aquino, Kyline Alcantara, and Jillian Aguila—admits she still gets physically and emotionally drained everytime she plays her antagonist character, Stella. To relieve herself of stress, she usually spends her days off from work by treating her family to a relaxing day at the mall.


In spite of being dragged into the sex video scandal that’s hounding her ex-boyfriend Chito Miranda, Kaye Abad remains nonchalant and unfazed.

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She was carefree and happy when she faced reporters on August 15, for an interview during the pictorial and thanksgiving party held by the production team of Annaliza at the ELJ Communications Center in ABS-CBN in Quezon City.

In the early primetime series, Kaye plays Stella, the evil stepmother who wreaks havoc in the life of the young protagonist, played by child actress Andrea Brillantes.

In a previous interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Kaye related that she was hesitant to take on a kontrabida role in the beginning, because she might not be able to live up to the expectations of her director and her audience.

But after the show’s successful first season, she admits she has grown to become more comfortable in playing kontrabida, and Kaye is indeed excited to play it some more now that their show is extended for another three months.

"Nakakatuwa, kasi kahit na kontrabida wala pa naman akong na-e-encounter na galit na galit talaga sila sa akin.

"Iyong may lalapit lang, sasabihin nila, ‘Alam mo, naiinis na iyong kapatid ko sa’yo’ or ‘Naiinis na iyong mommy ko.’

“Pero hindi iyong to a point na [tulad ng] nakukuwento ng ibang kontrabida na talagang babatuhin sila or magagalit talaga sila."

“Somehow, siguro, dahil naiintindihan nila na trabaho lang talaga, dahil hindi naman ako nag-start as kontrabida lang talaga, e, so feeling ko somehow alam nila na, ‘Ay, hindi naman ganyan si Kaye. Trabaho lang niya iyan.’”

The actress, who became famous for playing teenybopper roles back in the ‘90s, says that more challenging scenes are coming her way as “magiging mas maldita si Stella” in season two.

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“Hindi mas salbahe, e. Hindi na kasi nanakit si Stella, e. Mas more on kung paano niya paiikutin lahat,” she says.

“Alam mo nakakatawa siya, nakakatawa talaga. Hindi ko alam kung pwede kong sabihin, pero hindi siya…

“Malala si Stella. Iyon lang masasabi ko, malala siya. Minsan kapag inaarte ko, natatawa na lang ako, para na akong baliw!”

Kaye reveals that while she likes the challenge, she couldn’t help but feel emotionally and physically drained after each taping day.

“Hanggang ngayon drained na drained ako, hanggang ngayon.

“Kasi ano pa rin, e, mainit pa rin iyong dugo ko sa lahat lalo na nalaman ni Lazaro [Patrick Garcia] na anak niya si Arlene [Kyline Alcantara].

“Nakakapagod iyon, e. Papasok ka pa lang sa eksena nagsampalan kami ni Luisa [Sue Ramirez]. Kumbaga puro dire-dretso na gano’n ako, galit ako.

“Nakakapagod rin talaga. Pero unti-unti nasasanay ako hindi na katulad dati na nabibigla ako.

“Ngayon nasasanay na ako. Minsan nga nadadala ko na sa bahay na hindi naman ako masungit sa tao pero may gano’n na ako na iyon na iyong character ko, hindi ko na mabitawan. Pero nakakapagod pa rin.”

So how does she relieve herself of the stress from playing kontrabida?

“Mga pamangkin ko. Oo, iyon talaga. Pag-uwi ko sa bahay nandoon sila lahat—mga pamangkin, mga kapatid ko, mommy’t daddy ko—okay na, bumabalik na ko sa normal.

“Pag pinapasyal ko sila sa mall, ita-Timezone ko, okay na ko ulit. Kumbaga ako na ulit si Kaye, hindi na ako si Stella.”

Despite the emotional rollercoaster that Kaye goes through in portraying her TV character, the natural playfulness and fun just never runs out of her.

“Pero minsan ginagawa ko iyong nangti-trip ako sa mga bata [sa mall]. ‘Pwede pong pa-picture?’ Gagano’n ako [raise eyebrows], tapos gaganyan [act shocked] sila.

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“Pero nakangiti sila. Alam nilang ina-actingan ko lang, nangti-trip lang ako.”


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