Gretchen Barretto attended her first Star Magic Ball last night, August 30, at the Rizal Ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City.
She arrived at the 3rd Star Magic Ball without any jewelry but her bejeweled feet became the highlight of her simple outfit. Ivarluski Aseron designed the purple tube dress that she wore for the party while her shoes were from luxury Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti.
"I'm going with the times. Siyempre, dapat simple," said La Greta about her choice of wardrobe.
There have been reports that she and her sister Claudine Barretto will be starring in a teleserye together. Is this true?
"Yes, in a few weeks, magte-tape na kami ng teleserye," she said. But when pressed for some details about it, Gretchen said she needs to wait for their press conference so she and Clau could announce it together.
Who are their leading men?
"We have Boyet [Christopher] de Leon and Derek Ramsey. Hindi pa kami magkakilala [ni Derek]."
Why did she choose Derek?
"Cute siya, di ba? Kailangan pa bang sabihin yun?" she said, eliciting laughter from the members of the press who interviewed her on the red carpet.
Gretchen continued: "Excited ako sa teleserye dahil first time ko makakatrabaho si Claudine sa mahabang full-length soap. It will also be my first time to work with Boyet de Leon....someone young and someone old, but not that old. Excited din ako kasi alam ko si Claudine, puwede akong i-coach sa acting ko."
Did she have any hesitation about accepting this project?
"Basta ma-deliver namin ang gusto ng tao at mapaligaya namin ang audience namin, wala akong hesitation. Right now, puro career ang iisipin ko," she answered.
Does she get hurt by negative criticisms regarding her acting in past projects such as Maalaala Mo Kaya?
"Alam mo, nahe-hurt ako. Pero mas nagiging inspirasyon sa akin na meron silang hindi maganda, kasi lalo kong gustong mag-improve. At 'pag nag-i-improve naman ako, nakikita rin ng tao at meron silang magagandang sinasabi."
Has it always been a dream working with her sister?
"Yes, kasi napakagaling ni Claudine at lalo akong matsa-challenge as an actress," Gretchen replied.
Did they have problems with regards to the billing of the teleserye?
"Wala akong issue sa billing. Claudine is Claudine. Kahit saan ako ilagay, sa taas ng poster, sa side, okay lang sa akin basta kasali ako. Basta may teleserye ako."
According to Gretchen, this teleserye will probably air by November.
Members of the press also had the chance to talk with Claudine Barretto that night. But when we asked her about this upcoming teleserye, she merely replied, "Tingnan natin kung maaayos ang lahat."
U.S. TRIP. Gretchen revealed that she recently came from the United States, where she visited San Francisco and New York.
"Four weeks and a half akong nawala," she said. "Now, I'm ready to work. Ang tagal ko ring hindi nagtrabaho. Acting is another stage in my career. Ang dami ko nang baon na emotions, ang dami ko nang pinaghuhugutan so I'm ready to take [on] the world."
How was her trip abroad?
"It was very good, very peaceful. Nanood ako ng nine plays . Dream ko yun as a child, na makanood ng plays. I had time for myself. Dominique [her daughter] is now 14 years old. For the past 15 years, nagiging nanay lang at natutukan ko lang ang anak ko at si Tony [Tonyboy Cojuangco].
"Ngayon, all of a sudden, Tony is in Manila while Dominique is at camp. Ako lang, si Bettina at ang yaya ko. I had all the time in the world to think of me, for the moment, ito lang. And parang nakaka-energize and liberating also for me."
ON RUFA MAE'S ENGAGEMENT. Just lastSunday, August 30, it was reported that Rufa Mae Quinto is already engaged to be married to a non-showbiz guy. (Clich here to read related article). What is Gretchen's reaction to this news about her friend?
"Are you serious? Hindi ko alam yun ha. Si P-Chi? Hindi kaya!" she said.
But does she know about Rufa Mae's house in the United States?
"Ay, oo, alam ko yun! Pareho na kaming may bahay sa America, sa San Francisco—kaya kami friends! Joke lang!"
She quipped, "Hindi pa niya nakuwento sa akin kasi sabi, ako dapat ang mauna na ikasal!"
Is there anything that prevents her from getting married?
"Wala naman pumipigil, ako lang ang nagpipigil. I'm very happy right now. Tahimik na 'ko. Good girl na 'ko! Focused na 'ko sa trabaho ko."
Click HERE to view photos taken during the 2009 Star Magic Ball.