Nikki Gil goes out of her comfort zone by accepting her very first kontrabida role in the upcoming afternoon teleserye, Magunaw Man ang Mundo, which also stars Empress, Ejay Falcon, and Eula Valdez among others. “Kakaiba kasi ngayon lang ako hindi sasabunutan, ngayon lang ako hindi kakawawain at sasampalin.” When asked how she is preparing for her character, she said jokingly, “Pinagpapraktisan ko na po ‘yung assistant ko.”
Interestingly, Nikki shared that her boyfriend Billy Crawford told her that she is fit for a kontrabida role. “Sabi niya, ‘Naku bagay na bagay ka d’yan.’ Kaya tuloy pinagpapraktisan ko siya,” Nikki joked.
Just like Billy, Nikki added that her friends have the same comments about her being a kontrabida. “Hindi ko alam kung maiinsulto ako o matatawa ba ako, lahat sila [sinasabing] bagay na bagay [ako] don, natural na natural lang. Anong ibig sabihin non? Lahat naman sila naniniwala na hindi naman daw ako mahihirapan dahil natural naman daw sa akin ang nang-aapi ng tao,” she said amused.
Nikki revealed that it was easy for her to accept the role because this is actually the kind of opportunity that she wanted. “Ako ‘yun naman ang talagang hinahanap [ko] na mga work opportunities, ‘yung mga out-of-the-box, hindi normal na mga roles, so excited ako, pinaghahandaan ko talaga.”
It’s been a while since Nikki’s last acting project, Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Presents Tonyong Bayawak with Coco Martin in 2010. “Ang tagal ko ring nanahimik sa serye siguro kasi ngayon lang may opportunity na dumating so ngayon lang sumabak uli.” Magunaw Man ang Mundo is slated to air in January and will be replacing Reputasyon.
On a personal note, Nikki said that Billy is very supportive of her return to acting. “Billy has always been very supportive kahit naman anong endeavors ko, talagang andyan ‘yan [whether it be] teatro, album, teleserye. Sobrang supportive ‘yan extra excited siya ngayon dahil nga first time akong magkokontrabida.”
However, Nikki was concerned that she and Billy might be spending less time together because aside from her acting comeback, Billy will also start shooting for his movie. “First time na toxic na ako magso-soap tapos siya magmo-movie, so first time na mae-experience ‘yon. ‘Di pa namin alam kung paano iha-handle ‘yon tapos aalis pa siya, tingnan natin.” Billy is planning to leave for France to work on his next album next month.
She confirmed though that she and Billy will be spending time together this coming Christmas together with their loved ones. “Uuwi ‘yung family ni Billy dito, very excited kasi first time na magmi-meet ng mga parents namin, although siyempre nagkakatsikahan na sila sa phone pero ito ‘yung first time na magki-Christmas kami nang sama-sama.”