Pops Fernandez returns to TV acting after five years

"Usually kasi ang binibigay sa aking roles dati, usually the sweety-sweetykawawa na umiiyak lang. Ngayon, makakaganti na ako! Lahat ng angst ko sa buhay ko, mailalabas ko na dito!" says Pops Fernandez, laughing, about her kontrabida role in "I Love Betty La Fea."

After five years, Pops Fernandez will be acting fortelevision once again. She joins the cast of ABS-CBN's primetime show, ILove Betty La Fea. She is cast as Paulina, a sexy businesswoman and resortowner who will make life miserable for Betty La Fea (Bea Alonzo). Since hercharacter will stay mostly in the resort owned by Jericho Rosales's character, viewers can expect tosee Pops wearing sexy swimwear. As a socialite, she will also engage in afashion showdown with Daniella (Ruffa Gutierrez).

Pops expressed excitement for her comeback role inprimetime television. Her last TV appearance was in the GMA-7 primetime soap TwinHearts (2003).

"Usually kasi ang binibigay sa aking roles dati, usually the sweety-sweetykawawa na umiiyak lang," recalls Pops. "Ngayon, makakaganti na ako! [laughs]Lahat ng angst ko sa buhay ko, mailalabas ko na dito."

Curious reporters asked her to name the source of her angst butshe refused.

Does she share similarities with her character Paulina?

"Iba kasi yung hanap niPaulina sa buhay. Napakayaman niya at gusto niya forever siyang mayaman. Forher, love is so not important in her life but money is. Napaka-different niyasa akin! [laughs] I guess dun, maba-base yung pagiging mean niya sa ibang tao,particularly kay Betty."

According to Joel Mercado, head writer of Betty La Fea, the character ofPops will stay for the duration of the show. Viewers can expect to see her inthe primetime show any day now.

Joel differentiated the roles of Pops and Ruffa by saying, "Malaki angdifference nila, si Paulina may sex life! May mamamagitan sa kanilang dalawa."

Management is still looking for the actor who will be the leading man of Popsin this teleserye. When asked to give her suggestions, Pops candidly said,"Kahit na sino okay sa 'kin... Pero hindi kayo maniniwala, kasi mahirap kunin: siBrad Pitt. Okay rin ako kay Josh Hartnett."


KAPUSO COVERAGE. After the press conference, The Concert Queen was askedregarding the media coverage of Missing You, herupcoming concert with ex-husband Martin Nievera. (Click HERE to read related story.)

Even though Pops and Martin are both identified with ABS-CBN, producer Jomari Yllana decided tochoose GMA-7 as the media partner of the upcoming concert, which will takeplace at the Araneta Coliseum on February 6.

"Wala naman sa amin yun, siyempre kasi artist lang po kami. Si Jomari yatadapat ang maka-explain niyan," says Pops, who is also the girlfriend of Jomari.

Did he consult her regarding this decision?

"Actually, hindi, kasi nung medyomay problem, he didn't want me to know. That's really more of his department,so,nalaman na lang namin nung naayos na."

She reiterates: "Si Jom siyempre ang may final say kasi siyaang producer, e."

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Pops if she had second thoughtsabout Jom's decision to choose GMA-7 over ABS-CBN.

"We discussed it and he has a valid reason naman why he madethis decision. Like I said, I think it's better if he explains it."

Does she support him in this decision?

"Yes, of course. Ithink, he handled it well. He doesn't want to make the stations fight, orwhatever. As a matter of fact, naayos naman n'ya agad," she ended.





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