The Kapuso network’s newest rising star Gabrielle Garcia got her biggest break when she bagged the role of Nicole Perez in GMA-7’s primetime series My Destiny, which stars Tom Rodriguez, Carla Abellana, Sid Lucero, and Rhian Ramos.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press got to know more about her during a set visit last Thursday, September 25, at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, for GMA-7’s drama series Seasons of Love.
Gabbi, as she preferred to be called, is one of the newest additions to the talent management arm of the Kapuso network, GMA Artist Center.
She said, “Sa Artist Center po ako sa GMA 'tapos kaka-sign ko lang po nung March.
“So pinag-workshop po muna nila ako…”
In My Destiny, Gabbi plays the role of Nicole Perez, girlfriend of Ruru Madrid’s character, Paul Andrada.
GMA Artist Center revealed that Gabbi was supposed to play a guest role, but the management decided to keep her in the cast.
The young actress told the press, “Actually, nakakatawa nga yung sa My Destiny.
“Dapat guest role lang ako. So ang nangyari, naging regular na ako.
“Naiba po yung istorya.”
HELPFUL CO-STARS. Gabbi confessed that working alongside the Kapuso network’s top talents in a primetime show takes some getting used to.
But she is grateful for the experience, “Siyempre po andun yung kaba ‘tsaka yung respeto.
“Parang I look up to them talaga.
“Natutuwa ako kasi ang laki-laki ng natutulong nila sa akin.
“Sa bawat eksena sobra nila akong inaalalayan.
“Pagka nakikita nila, bibinigyan nila ako ng tips.
“‘Tsaka sobra silang mabait po, napakabait.
Gabbi further related that she has grown close to Sid Lucero, the big man on the set.
“Siya po talaga yung sobra kong ka-close.
“Sobrang kahit off cam, lagi kaming nagkukulitan.
Meanwhile, the young star has named Dingdong Dantes as one of her biggest showbiz crushes, apart from the Hollywood actor Zac Efron.
When asked about her male contemporaries that she wants to be paired with, “Elmo Magalona!” she quickly answered.
"Nung wala pa ako sa showbiz, sobra ko siyang ina-admire kapag nagra-rap siya.”
AUDITION. Gabbi confided going to lot of auditions to break into showbiz.
Gabbi recounted, “May talent scout po na nag-invite sa akin na mag-VTR.
“So, talagang nag-VTR ako, yung the usual pila, yung ganun.
“Before po kasi nagta-try akong pumasok sa iba’t ibang network, ganyan.
“So yung talent scout dun, si Ate Kristel Gonzales po, nag-migrate na po siya, lumipat siya sa GMA.
“Tinawagan niya ako para mag-try sa Artist Center 'tapos ayun po, nakapasok ako.
“Tapos nung nakapasok ako pinag-workshop nila ako from March hanggang early June.”
A statuesque morena beauty, she's also open to the idea of joining beauty pageants, “Gusto ko po talaga mag-Binibini [Binibining Pilipinas] pero mga pag 20 na po ako.
“‘Tsaka para hindi na hilaw.”