Eula Valdes enters Walang Hanggan as a dark character with a mission

Eula Valdes agrees that Walang Hanggan lead actor Coco Martin is “yummy.” Prior to joining the roster of talents—Dawn Zulueta, Susan Roces, Helen Gamboa, Richard Gutierrez, Julia Montes, Paolo Avelino—in the primetime hit, Eula had already worked with Coco in Born To Love You. She praises the young actor, “Sabihin na lang natin na guwapo siya at magaling siyang artista! Masaya ako na makakatrabah


Eula Valdes was formally introduced to the press as an incoming recruit in the primetime Kapamilya soap, Walang Hanggan.

At the press conference held yesterday, July 5, at the Patio Carlito Restaurant along Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City, the actress initially expressed how happy and blessed she is that she gets to join the powerhouse talents of the soap—which consist of Coco Martin, Julia Montes, Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Paulo Avelino, Helen Gamboa, and Susan Roces.

“Napakasuwerte ko na kinuha nila ako para mapasama dito sa Walang Hanggan dahil napakataas nga ng ratings, napakaraming sumusubaybay sa teleseryeng ito,” said Eula, who came in a regal black ensemble for an outfit, accented by silver jewelry, and red kitty heels.

She hesitated to share too much about her mysterious character, Black Lily, who the teaser reveals as a villain out to seek revenge on Daniel Guidoti and his family.

Eula, who was also a cast member in the recently concluded afternoon soap Mundo Man ay Magunaw, told the press that there is pressure on her part to take on Black Lily’s character.

“Ang masasabi ko lang kasi, maraming nag-e-expect. Lalo na nung medyo lumabas itong Black Lady nga. Ang ine-expect nila is another Amor Powers.”

No, her character is not another Amor Powers—a role in the 2000 teleserye hit Pangako Sa ‘Yo that relaunched her as an actress. For starters, Amor’s cookie-cutter rags to riches story was already embossed in the Walang Hanggan plot through Emily Guidoti (Dawn Zulueta).

“I think role na ni Dawn yung from rags to riches—yun yung Amor Powers na tinatawag nga nilang peg na magiging powerful eventually.

“Ito naman is medyo… hindi lang naman siya kontrabida matatawag. Basta meron lang siyang mission na kailangang magawa para siguro sa sariling pagkatao niya.

“Kumbaga, para sa peace of mind na rin niya…” relayed Dawn.

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DIFFICULTIES. Eula, a stunner at 43, admits that Black Lily’s character comes as a challenge.

“Basta mahirap itong role ko na ito, e. Medyo nahihirapan [ako]… Kailangan ko ng approval ng mga direktor kung tama ba ginagawa ko."

Her first shooting day got the seasoned actress jittery.

“Kahapon nga yung first day ko and sobrang ano ako... yung kinakabahan? Ang sabi ko nga, ang feeling ko, para akong transferee na estudyante.

“Kasi ang unang-unang mahirap para sa akin, kasi hindi ako kasama nung inumpisahan yung teleserye.

“Mas panatag yung loob ko kung... alam mo yung, sabay-sabay kami nag-umpisa, sabay-sabay nangangapa.”

Because she came in at this time when the story is hitting its climax, Eula has to keep up.

“Itong biglang pasok ko, siyempre, nakakakaba. Ine-expect ko rin kahapon na may konting bonding na magaganap.

“Pero dahil iba-iba yung location [ng] mga eksenang ginagawa namin, medyo isolated ako kahapon. At kinakabahan ako.

“Although lagi naman akong kinakabahan kapag first day ng taping. Mas doble ang kaba ko dito ngayon dahil, ayun nga, pakiramdam ko… bagong pasok.”

GAME PLAN. Eula has worked with the equally youthful Dawn in the remake of the teleserye classic, Mula sa Puso.

“At ease naman ako sa kanya at nung trade launch nga, natutuwa ako kasi nung nagkita kami nung pagpasok ko, inakap niya ako agad.

“Sabi niya, masaya raw siya at nagkita kami at magkasama kami uli.

"Ganun din ako… siyempre mas kampante ako kung nakatrabaho ko na yung mga kasama ko.”

She adds that it is her first time to work with Helen Gamboa, meanwhile Susan Roces she has worked with in the 1988 film Buy One, Take One.

She recalls, “Ano pa ako nun, chubby-chubby pa ako! Although wala kaming eksena masyado dahil more on kay Sharon [Cuneta] ako kontrabida nung time na yun.”

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For her to perform well, Eula knows she needs the guidance of directors Jerry Sineneng and Trina Dayrit.

“Ine-expect ko rin po na mabantayan ako ni Direk Ina at ni Direk Jerry Sineneng dito sa project na ito.

“Kumbaga, bagong salta ako. Basta pina-promise ko na hindi ako magpapabaya.

“Gagawin ko yung makakaya ko.

"Kung hindi man makapantay sa mga bida natin sa Walang Hanggan, hindi ako magpapabaya at hindi po ako papayag na hindi niyo ako maramdaman.”

COCO MARTIN. Eula looks up to Coco Martin as a talented young actor. She in fact got to work with Coco in the Star Cinema romantic-comedy Born To Love You early this year. Eula played the character of Coco’s mother hence on the set the actor still calls her “Mommy.”

At the press conference proper, Eula was teased about her character, Black Lily, ending up in a love triangle with Daniel (Coco) and Katerina (Julia Montes).

She reacts: “Kanina naisip ko rin ’yan… Ano pang mga roles pa na gusto kong mangyari? Parang hindi ko pa ’ata nagagawa yung mga roles na… May-December love affairs…”

Hurled the question, “Do you find Coco, yummy?”

Eula laughs, meekly agrees, and disclaims, “Ano lang ’yan, yummy na ano, a... PG. Parental Guidance!

“Sabihin na lang natin na guwapo siya at magaling siyang artista! Masaya ako na makakatrabaho ko siya ulit. Ganun na lang.

“Yung love triangle, sa susunod na project, siguro.”

STEPPING UP TO AMOR POWERS. The inevitable was asked at the press conference. Will Black Lily’s role step up or be at par with the Amor Powers character that until today is associated with Eula?

“Happy kasi ako sa naging resulta nung Pangako Sa ‘Yo. Yun kasi, kumbaga, yung buong puso ko, nilagay ko dun, e, nung ginawa ko yun.”

Eula recounts how meticulous she was in studying and taking on the role.

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“Ultimo pagbili ng damit kasi ngayon, itong time natin ngayon, may mga stylist na.

"Pero nung time na yun, more than half ng talent fee ko, nauuwi lang sa damit ko. Ako lang lahat ang bumibili.

“Pupunta ako sa isang store, bibili ako ng maramihan, pambango pangalan ba. And then sa susunod, magbibigay na ako ng letter, magpapa-sponsor na ako.

"’Tapos ‘pag lumalabas ako, iniisip ko, ‘A, ito magugustuhan ni Amor ito. Ito, si Amor ito.’

“Lahat… ‘pag gumagawa ako ng script, gumagawa ako ng sequence breakdown ko. Color coded lahat yun.

"Yung mga eksena, kung anong damit yun, nilalagyan ko na ng tag sa likod, ng masking tape kung anong sequence ko yun susuot.

“Kadalasan, may mga eksena kunwari kami ni Tonton [Gutierrez], na parang sasabihin ko, ‘I hate you, I hate you!’

"Pero isusuot ko yung hindi mo ako mare-resist. Ganun ang ginawa ko dun."

As she is at the moment adjusting in the new projects, Eula is uncertain whether Black Lily will be as celebrated a character as Amor Powers.

“Dito, hindi ko pa alam. Sa pagpili ng damit, may mga sponsors nga, pero ina-approve ko pa rin… kung masyadong sexy, hindi si Black Lady ‘yan, masyadong maiksi ‘yan, yung ganun.

“Sinasabi ko rin kung ano sa tingin ko para dun sa role ko. Hindi yung basta ipasuot sayo ito, isusuot ko na lang.

“Iniisip ko rin yung continuity. Kung anong klaseng tao siya, kung saan siya nagmula, ganyan.”

She is bent on paying attention to every detail of her role.

“Kumbaga, inaaral ko rin yun. Kung mapapantayan, hindi ko alam kung mapapantayan ni Black Lady si Amor, although sabi ko nga, mararamdaman n’yo naman siya.”


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