Gretchen Barretto refuses to answer "wild rumor" about daughter Dominique; says Princess And I is "worthy replacement" for Alta

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“I don’t want to talk about my family life because I am at this point in my career wherein I feel I am a mature actor already. So, I’d like to keep, you know, my private life private, whatever it is," says Gretchen Barretto.


Maayos na nakiusap si Gretchen Barretto sa mga nag-i-interview sa kanyang entertainment press, kasama na ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), na sana ay huwag na siyang tanungin tungkol sa sinumang miyembro ng kanyang pamilya.

Ito ang naging tugon ng aktres nang magtanong ang PEP kung ang anak ba niyang si Dominique ay interesadong pumasok sa showbiz.

Ayon kay Gretchen, “You know, honestly, I’d like to only talk about my career.

“I don’t want to talk about my family life because I am at this point in my career wherein I feel I am a mature actor already.

“So, I’d like to keep, you know, my private life private, whatever it is.”

Nakausap ng PEP at iba pang press si Gretchen sa grand presscon ng kinabibilangan niyang bagong Kapamilya primetime teleserye, ang Princess And I, na ginanap kagabi, Abril 11, sa Dolphy Theater sa loob ng ABS-CBN compound.

Hindi pa man natatapos ang interview kay Gretchen, nagtangkang magtanong ulit ang Abante Tonite columnist na si Allan Diones tungkol sa anak ng aktres.

Nagpauna pa nga ito kay Gretchen ng “It’s up to you if you answer it or not.”

Ang sagot naman ng aktres, “I’d rather not. Because if you asked me that, that means… okay.

“I believe I mentioned already earlier that I would like to talk purely about my career. No other thing else.”

So, yung “wild rumor” you’d rather not (talk about it)?

“Whatever rumor that is, I don’t want. Because I’m not in this business for that purpose.

“Especially mag-e-air kami [ng Princess and I], parang I don’t need anything that’s negative or untrue.

“Rumors are rumors.”

Napag-alaman ng PEP na ang tinutukoy daw na “wild rumor” ay may kinalaman sa diumano’y pagbubuntis ni Dominique.

Pero hindi na nga ito direktang naitanong kay Gretchen para linawin sana ang naturang tsismis. Hindi na rin nagpumilit pa ang press bilang respeto na lang sa pakiusap ng aktres.

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THE ROLE OF A QUEEN. Sa halip na intriga ay mas gusto ngang pag-usapan ni Gretchen ang Princess and I, na mapapanood na sa ABS-CBN Primetime Bida simula sa Abril 16.

Isa sa ikinatuwa niya sa project na ito ay dumayo pa sila sa bansang Bhutan para mag-taping ng ilang mahahalagang eksena sa loob ng dalawang linggo.

Ang Bhutan ay isang landlocked state sa South Asia at matatagpuan ito malapit sa mga bansang India, China, Nepal, at Bangladesh.

Ginagampanan ni Gretchen sa serye ang role ni Ashi Behati, na isang reyna at first time niya raw gumanap sa ganitong role.

Sa ipinapakitang trailer ng teleserye ay tila kontrabida ang role ni Gretchen. Pero paglilinaw niya, may dahilan kaya ganito ang karakter ni Ashi Behati.

“Actually, mabait siya. May back story, merong rason kung bakit si Ashi Behati ay maraming galit sa puso.

“So, maiintindihan n’yo’ yan as the series goes on.

“Kami ang magiging magkalaban ni Albert [Martinez as King Anand] because gusto kong agawin ang kaharian mula sa kanya.”

Ano ang challenge ng pagganap bilang reyna?

“Well, to be a queen is a challenge because I’m not a queen in real life and the culture in Bhutan is different. So, I have to learn the ways of a queen.

“The other challenge is learning to speak Dzongkha [the official language of Bhutan], which I never heard before.

“It’s not like Chinese, Spanish or French, naririnig natin ‘yan, di ba? Pero ang Dzongkha, hindi. That is a great challenge.

“And as a queen, the challenge of being a kontrabida or a nasty person is not like… ‘pag queen ka, hindi ka masigaw. Everything is just firm.

“So, it’s subdued acting which is not very easy.”

Paano niya pinaghandaan ang role niya gayong nakahanda na sana siya sa role niya sa hindi natuloy na teleseryeng Alta?

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Ayon kay Gretchen, “Thank God marami akong workshops na na-attend kay Direk Laurice [Guillen].

“Ang pag-aartista naman is really the choice of emotions ang gagamitin mo for every sequence.

“So, I guess at this point in my career and at this point in my life, marami na akong emosyon na naipon, hindi ba—all kinds.

“I am blessed to have felt the pain and joy and bliss and rejection and frustration and many other emotions that I can now use in my role.”

Is there a Gretchen in her role? Saang aspeto sila nagkakapareho ni Ashi Behati?

“I could say so, there’s a Gretchen in everyone.

“In a way, ang pagkatapang ko ay may pinanggagalingan. So, yun, just like my role.”

CONSUELO DE BOBO? Speaking of Alta, may mga nagsasabing tila consuelo de bobo o pampalubag-loob lamang ang pagkabigay sa kanya ng Princess and I bilang kapalit ng Alta. Naramdaman niya ba ito?

“Honestly, I felt that in the beginning,” pag-amin ni Gretchen.

“When I read the script, ‘Ha? Bakit ganito?’ I have a lot of questions.

“For a while, gusto ko nang mag-backout.

“Pero ngayon na nagsu-shoot na nga kami, malalaman mo na it’s not [consuelo de bobo].

“Now I’m grateful na ginawa ko talaga because sabi nga namin ni Albert, it’s a legacy.

“Now I can say this is a worthy replacement.”

Nakausap niya ba ang ibang cast ng Alta tungkol sa hindi pagkakatuloy nito?

“Not all. Si KC [Concepcion], yes. The others, no.

“Hindi ako prepared to really talk about Alta because it is really a very sensitive topic, very painful.

“So, hindi ko kinausap kahit sino except Boy [Abunda, her manager] and Bettina [Aspillaga, her handler].”

Pero ngayon ba nawawala na yung pain?

“Ngayon nawawala-wala na.

“Siyempre we all moved on and siyempre maganda nga yung project na ipinalit.”

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May panghihinayang ba na hindi natuloy ang Alta?

“Oo naman, may panghihinayang. But I will never question God about that.

“I mean, you have to go through that hurt but I have to move on,” sabi ni Gretchen.

Noong nasa state of pain siya, paano siya sinuportahan ng partner niyang si Tonyboy Cojuangco?

“Well, sabi niya sa akin, ‘Hind lahat ng gusto mo makukuha mo. Hindi lahat ng idinadasal mo ibibigay sa iyo. But you can rest in the comfort knowing that He will always give you what’s best.’

“So, that was a valuable advice that I got.”

Magagamit pa ba niya ang maraming damit na binili niya para sana sa Alta dahil naka-costume siya sa Princess and I?

“I will, I will. Yun ang good news.

“Kasi sabi ni Direk Dado [Lumibao] kagabi, sa week 5 pupunta ako ng Pilipinas.

“Siyempre hindi na ako puwedeng mag-costume o mag-queen outfit. So, magagamit ko yung dapat para sa Alta.”

ADMIRING THE YOUNG CAST. Dalawa sa teenage cast ng Princess and I, sina Kathryn Bernardo at Enrique Gil, ay nakasama ni Gretchen sa taping sa Bhutan.

Ginagampanan ni Kathryn ang nawawalang prinsesa habang si Enrique naman ang anak ni Gretchen. Puno ng paghanga ang aktres sa dalawang bagets.

Kuwento ng aktres, “With Kathryn, one sequence pa lang kami, but since pumunta kami ng Bhutan, marami kaming bonding time dahil natatapos kami ng taping doon maaga pa.

“Dahil wala nang ilaw, hindi kami nag-transport ng ilaw… So, when we stayed in the same hotel, siyempre marami kaming bonding time and I got to know her pati yung mom niya.”

Paano naman niya ide-describe si Kathryn as an actress?

“Very focus siya as an actress kahit na she’s only 16.

“And I appreciate that kasi sa panahon namin, nung ganyang edad ako, na artista na ako, parang laro-laro lang ang ginagawa namin.

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“Pero ngayon pala, sa dami ng artista, ang competition talagang napaka-stiff.

“With Kathryn, parang alam mo na may patutunguhan siya because she loves her craft and she loves everything about showbiz.

“Alam mong may goal siya.”

How about Enrique?

“Si Enrique, marami kaming scenes dahil he’s my son.

“Doon sa Bhutan, nagulat ako kasi pagdating namin doon, sabi ko, ‘How’s your Dzongkha? Do you speak it well already?’

“Sabi niya, ‘Wala akong alam.’ Sabi ko, ‘Good, kasi wala rin akong masyadong alam.’

“E, nung nag-rehearsal na kami, ‘Aba, niloloko ako nitong batang ito dahil fluent na fluent na siyang magsalita!’

“So, he inspired me to really work on my Dzongkha language.

“And nakikita ko siya na talagang pag hindi good, sasabihin niya, ‘No, no, no, sorry. Can we take it again?’

“So, alam kong seryoso siyang actor. I’m happy to be working with Enrique and Kathryn kasi alam ko sila ang present at future.”

Kumportable rin daw siyang katrabaho ang iba miyembro ng cast.

Aniya, “So far, hindi ako nahihirapan with anybody in this project. Napakagaang katrabaho ng lahat.”

Kasama rin sa cast ng Princess And I sina Albert Martinez, Daniel Padilla, Khalil Ramos, Dominic Ochoa, Yayo Aguila, Nina Dolino, Sharmaine Suarez, at Precious Lara Quigaman. Ito ay sa ilalim ng direksiyon nina Dado Lumibao at Francis Pasion.

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