Former Pinoy Big Brother second season housemate Wendy Valdez looked different last January 16 at the media junket prepared for the upcoming teleserye Palos at the 9501 Restaurant in ABS-CBN compound. Her complexion is lighter and her hair straighter than before.
Wendy narrated to the entertainment press what she did after her first soap opera Margarita.
"May mga workshops kami, like, noong nalipat kami sa Star Magic palagi kaming binibigyan ng workshops. Then, yung mga raket outside kasi, di ba, kapag may taping ka hindi ka makapag-out-of-town. So doon ako nakapag-spend ng time, winork-out ko yung sa acting at saka yung sa dancing ko para mas maging okay siya."
The former PBB housemate added that she has been busy with work even though she hasn't been visible on television. "At saka matagal na rin kaming nag-start ng taping sa Palos, it's just that yung airing niya later pa lang."
In Palos, Wendy plays a comic role, in contrast to her serious character in Margarita. So the press asked, "How did she prepare for it?"
"Nanonood po ako ng mga comedy movies," answered Wendy, "para makuha ko po yung tamang punch hit. Pero hindi naman po ako talaga yung nagko-comedy dun, parang dinadala lang po nila Tito Dennis [Padilla]."
She went through some adjustments while she was doing Palos. "Sa Margarita po kasi ako si Margarita so medyo mabigat talaga yun. Ngayon naman light, 'tapos comedy nga... Nandun nga po kami sa comedy side so medyo lighter dun sa Margarita. Doon sa Margarita almost everyday umiiyak siya, dito naman tatawa naman ako."
It was not too hard for her to adjust from drama to comedy. "Hindi naman siya ganun kahirap na i-adjust from drama to comedy kasi yung mga basic acting natututunan ko naman and nagwo-workshop po ako."
Wendy also said that it did not bother to be offered with a secondary role after top-billing the afternoon teledrama, Margarita. "Ano naman po kasi veterans ang kasama ko dito and hindi lang naman po ako ang nag-lead before. Thankful pa rin ako na hindi nila ako nakalimutang ilagay sa mga shows."
Also during the presscon, a reporter recalled Wendy's experience during the her stint in PBB, wherein a lot of people hated her negative behavior inside the house. While some dubbed her as the "pasaway" during the reality show, others believed she would not succeed in her showbiz career.
With her second project as evidence of her continuing career, what does Wendy want to tell her detractors?
"Magdasal palagi," replied Wendy. "I mean, ako po, personally, yun po ang ginagawa ko. Ako din po, personally, after ng mga nangyari sa akin after PBB... Siyempre tao ako and I feel a lot of things about what's happening, sa mga ginagawa nila sa akin. Siyempre nasasaktan po ako. Pero sa akin naman po kasi kahit anong dumarating sa akin, binibigay ni God 'yan, e, kasi alam talaga Niya kung sino ang bibigyan Niya."She added at the end, "Kung kagaya ng mga sinasabi ng detractors ko na I'm a bad person dapat nakita na rin ni God yun. Hindi Niya hahayaan na nandito ako and ako yung magkaroon ng projects."