The wait was certainly all worth it for 18-year-old Star Circle Quest alumna, Erich Gonzales. Barely four years after bagging the distinction as Grand Questor in ABS-CBN's now defunct reality talent search show, Erich finally assumes lead role in the television remake of the coming-of-age 80's film, Katorse.
ABS-CBN officially introduced Erich together with her leading men Ejay Falcon and Xian Lim to the entertainment reporters in a press conference held at the 9501 restaurant earlier today, May 21.
Erich admitted, "Kinakabahan po talaga ko, 'yong mga expectations po ng tao baka hindi ko ma-meet. Pero ako naman po, sa lahat ng ginagawa ko lagi kong sinasabi, basta po sa 'kin gagalingan ko talaga. And, di ba po, hindi naman natin masasabi na lahat po ng tao magugustuhan? Basta po alam ko sa sarili ko na ginawa ko lahat ng best ko and kung hindi po okay sa kanila 'yon, nirerespeto ko po yong sinasabi nila."
To her credit, projects had never been much of a problem to Erich since day one of her showbiz career. Looking at her credentials, the young actress has so far appeared in 21 shows prior to the upcoming primetime series. She also has three movies under her belt and an upcoming film tentatively titled Pintakasi.
But Katorse undoubtedly will serve as Erich's biggest break as an actress. It will also be her most daring project as required by the role and the story itself.
GOING DARING. As shown in the initial trailer played during the press conference, Erich has a kissing scene with Ejay Falcon. There will also be a love scene involving Erich and her leading man, according to the show's production staff.
Erich fully understood the role's requirement as essential to Katorse's plot, but it doesn't necessarily follow that she's being groomed by her home network to assume a sexy image from hereon.
"May mga scenes lang na siguro kailangan ng ganun talaga, like mga love scenes, kissing scenes, and I trust naman sila direk [Malu Sevilla] and sila Ejay and Xian po. 'Yon po, hindi ko naman sinasabi na after this show magse-sexy na po talaga 'ko lahat. Basta po kung may maganda pong project, kung maganda 'yong material, bakit naman po hindi."
The kiss reportedly took "less than ten" takes, according to Erich. And though she never directly admitted it, it was obvious that Erich is closer to Xian than Ejay.
In a separate interview, Xian described his leading lady to PEP as someone "special." Erich, on the other hand, said that he's someone who shares a lot of her interests.
"With Xian naman po, we have so many things in common talaga," said Erich. "We share a lot of things talaga, like kunwari sa food, ganyan, lahat. Sobrang alike lang talaga in many ways and parang to find someone na marami kayong same [interest], sobrang amazing lang."
As for her family's reaction on her decision to go sexy, Erich related, "Yong family ko, sobrang supportive sila. Tinanong nila ko kung 'yan ba talaga ang gusto mong gawin and sabi ko 'Yes, Ma.' And sila naman, 'Sige we're just behind your back, nandito kami to support you,' so masaya po."
SYMPATHIZING WITH KATRINA. Erich was also asked about her opinion on the latest sex video involving Kapuso actress Katrina Halili and ex-boyfriend Hayden Kho.
Katrina formally filed a complaint against Hayden yesterday, May 20, at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Erich's facial expression suddenly turned serious the minute the matter was brought up. "Kasi po ako, ayoko siya i-judge," she replied sincerely. "And she's in so much pain now, basta hayaan na lang po natin siya. Sobrang grabe 'yong nangyari talaga, sobra."