Balik-teleserye ang magaling na aktres na si CherieGil sa pamamagitan ng bagong afternoon soap ng ABS-CBN na Pieta. Cherie playsthe role of Amanda, ang mabait ngunit palabang ina ng bidang si Rigor (Ryan Agoncillo). Ang yumaong beteranang aktres na siMs. Charito Solis ang orihinal na Amanda sa pelikulang Pieta.
May pressure ba na si Ms. Charito Solis ang unang gumanap sarole ni Cherie sa Pieta?
"Medyo," pag-amin ni Cherie nang makausap siya ng PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa presscon ng Pieta na ginanap last Tuesday,October 21, sa Dolphy Theater sa ABS-CBN.
"She was my teacher, my mentor. Shetaught me a lot in acting. My first experience in filmmaking was with her. Sheplayed my mother. Nasigawan na ako niyan. Napagalitan na niya ako.Na-walkout-an na ako niyan. But I can never forget the things I learned fromher. I love her and I respect her.
"In fact, the last movie I made with Tita Chato was withCarlo J. Caparas's film which is God Save Me, and I enjoyed that workimmensely. Because after many years of not working, na tumanda na ako andgrown up na, we were able to talk to each other in an adult fashion. And thatwhat has won me my first Best Supporting actress role. Tita Chato is oneactress that I truly loved and respected. And it is an honor that in fact I'mplaying a role that she did before."
CLOSER TO HOME. Mabait na ina ang ginagampanang role niya saPieta. Of course, nakilala siya bilang kontrabida sa mga teleserye at pelikula.Hindi ba siya nahirapan sa role niya?
"No, I think it's closer to home. I think it's more like me.This is more human," sabi ni Cherie.
Inamin ni Cherie na natutuwa siya dahil ang character niyaay hindi nagre-require ng magaganda at glamorosang damit na kadalasan aynapapanood sa kanya sa mga past roles niya.
"At last I don't have to worry about what to bring from myhouse. I don't have to bring my whole closet because all I needed was tsinelas.For a change, I have no worries on what to wear. I am enjoying it really a lot.
"And I have to thank also Direk Toto [Natividad] and Direk Don [Cuaresma]. It'sjust an amazing experience to work with them. Alaga talaga nila ako atpinapaalalahanan about my old habits kumbaga, like there are moments na kapagmatapang na ang dating ko, bibigyan ako ng signal ni Toto na 'palambutin mo nangkonti'. Kasi siyempre I've been playing kontrabida roles for so long. And thereare moments na kapag kumakain ako nakakalimot ako, like yung paghawak ko ngfork, yung ganun.
"It's really a great turning point now to do this partespecially to work with Ryan. I'm very excited. Who would have thought na wewere together in Star In A Million [si Cherie as judge at si Ryan as host] andpareho kaming madaldal. It's always great to come to the set when there'ssomeone you can talk to. And I see in him the young Eddie Mesa, my dad, becauseof the nose somehow. I love this moment. And I'm so thankful to ABS-CBN forgiving me this part. And of course to be playing Tita Chato's role in awonderful masterpiece by Carlo J. Caparas."
Ano ang challenge na na-encounter niya rito sa Pieta?
"Most of the scenes dito iyakan talaga. There comes a pointna one after another scene, mabilisan ba. So, ang challenge dito is to beprepared all the time so may mahugot ako na fresh. Minsan nauubos na rin yungluha mo. And, of course, si Direk Toto naman and Don know how to work with theactors, mino-motivate nila ako."
So far, ano ang pinakamahirap na eksena na nagawa na niyafor Pieta?
"Lahat ng mga iyakan," sagot ng aktres. "Pero other than that, I think yungmoment na I was approaching the body, supposedly the dead body, ang notion isbaka yung ang anak ko. How to show the relief of finding out that he wasn't myson. And, of course, the fear without words. Sometimes the simplest scenes arethe hardest."
Nakilala rin siya sa memorable lines ng mga role na kanyang ginagampanan, gaya ng classic line na "You're nothing but a second-rate, trying hard, copycat!" sa Bituing Walang Ningning. Dito ba sa Pieta ay may aabangang memorablelines sa kanya ang mga manonood?
"Kayo na lang ang makapagsasabi niyan. Kayo lang naman anggumagawa ng hype, e. But, of course, magagaling ang mga scriptwriters namin andcreative team. Who knows, baka magkaroon din ng memorable lines na sinasabin'yo."
Ayon kay Ryan, ayaw raw niyang tawaging Ate or even Tita siCherie, dahil she has that young vibe. Ano ang comment niya rito?
"Great! That's us, we can drink together, we can have funtogether."
CHERIE IN REAL LIFE. What's the regular day para sa isangCherie Gil kapag walang trabaho?
"I'd love to stay home. I have the Internet. I have thelaptop. I go online and talk with my kids. I have Facebook and Multiply. Youhave to be in, you know. Other than that, when I'm not busy, I'd dip sa pool.I'd go to the gym or sa spa. I like to watch movies. But most of the time I'dlike to stay home."
What keeps her body well toned after all theseyears in the business?
"Well, I think just by being happy. I try to keep a smile onmy face always. I do yoga. I go to the gym when I have time. And mostimportant, I eat breakfast. So if I can't eat the rest of the day, I'm okay."
Mabait na ina siya rito sa Pieta. Anong klaseng ina namansiya sa totoong buhay?
"I'm a good mother," sagot ni Cherie. "Every mother wants to be a good mother.I try my best to do better each day. That is my prime concern and priority, whichis to become better and better, even at a distance."
Nasabi ni Cherie na even at a distance dahil ang dalawa sakanyang mga anak, sina Bianca at Rafael ay kasama ng kanilang ama na si RoniRogoff sa Israel. Nami-miss na nga raw niya ang kanyang dalawang anak. Mabutina nga lang daw at kasama niya rito sa Pilipinas ang panganay niyang si Jay.
What's the best advise na naibigay niya sa kanyang mga anak?
"To be grateful always in whatever they chose to do. Andnever feel that life is unfair. And whatever they decide to be, they canachieve it, as long as they put their minds on it with the help of God."
Alam naman ng lahat na hiwalay na sila ng asawa niyang siRoni. Taong 2004 pa nang magsimulang magkaroon ng problema sa pagsasama nila niRoni, pero sinikap pa rin nila itong isalba. Ngunit nabigo rin sila kaya nauwirin ang lahat sa hiwalayan. Kaya naman tinanong ng PEP si Cherie kung kumustana ang kanyang puso ngayon?