Isabel Oli is shedding her sweet, innocent image for a morechallenging role in Maging Akin Ka Lamang. In the sixth installment ofGMA-7's Sine Novela, Isabel will play an aggressive woman named Rosita who isobsessed with Andy (Polo Ravales). But Andy is in love with Elsa (playedby Nadine Samonte).
During the January 14 press conference of Maging Akin KaLamang at Annabel's Restaurant in Timog Avenue, Quezon City, Isabeldescribed the character that she will be playing in the afternoon drama series expected to air on GMA-7 starting Monday, January 21.
"Yung role ko parang bida-kontrabida. Unique siya. Kay MissLT [Lorna Tolentino] raw yung role ko...Ako naman, ang reaction ko: ‘Bakit ako?Ang hirap nun!' Nag-grand slam daw si Miss LT para sa role na yun," sherecounts.
It will be recalled that Lorna Tolentino won Best Actressfrom all the award-giving bodies for the 1987 Lino Brocka classic.
"In preparation for this role, I watched films like FatalAttraction kasi obsessed yung character ko dito. She's very, very rich so Ineed to get my own personal stylist and my own personal makeup artist. Dapatkasi may makeup siya lagi, maganda siya lagi.
"Kumuha po ako ng stylist out of my own personal account.Kasi mahirap po. Nakita ko kasi si Miss LT [sa movie], lagi siyang maganda, lagisiyang nakaporma. Kumuha na lang po ako ng personal stylist saka wardrobe.Talagang gumastos ako! Okay lang naman sa akin na ako na lang," says Isabelwith a laugh.
The former star of Mga Mata ni Anghelita differentiatesher role with the character played by Lorna two decades ago. "Ditokasi, sobrang aggressive siya. Dun sa dating movie ni Miss LT, medyo mahinhin pasiya kahit papaano. Dito, ginawa nilang aggressive at wild na girl."
How did she bring out that wild and aggressive Isabel?
"Nagtatanong ako kay Direk [Gil Tejada Jr.]. May scenekasi na parang nire-rape ko na si Polo," narrates Isabel, which sends reporterslaughing. While the trailer of Maging Akin Ka Lamang was being shown tothe press, Isabel laughed at herself while seducing the half-naked PoloRavales.
How do you think Lorna will react to her portrayalof Rosita?
"May pinagsabihan nga ako kung puwede sabihin kay Miss LT naako ang Rosita dito. Ang sabi raw ni Miss LT, ‘Wow! Sure kayo? Ang galing! Angganda-ganda ng role ko dun!' Gusto ko rin na mapanood niya yung Maging AkinKa Lamang."
Has there been a guy who was obsessed with you in the past?
"High school pa yun, e. Hindi pa niya siguro maintindihanyung feelings. May mga pictures niya at may notebook. Ang weird kasi sinusundanniya ako sa bahay. Sinabi ko na huwag niyang gawin kasi natatakot ako."
How is it like to play a kontrabida role? "Ang saya! Buti nalang hindi siya yung kontrabida na loud. May poise siya at sosyal pa rin," saysIsabel with a sigh of relief.
The 26-year-old actress believes it's now time to shed hergoody-goody image and accept more challenging roles. "Ayaw ng GMA na lagi ka nalang inaapi. Gusto nila maging character actress ako. Pinagpi-pray ko nga namatanggap ng fans kahit na kontrabida. Ito ang plan ng GMA at sana suportahanpa rin nila ako," she says sweetly.