Angelica Panganiban says that her next role presents a big challenge.
Angelica Panganiban considers it a big challenge to portray the title role in Rubi, one of ABS-CBN’s offerings in 2010 which is adapted from the Mexicanovela hit. With the tagline “ang kontrabidang bida,” Angelica explained that her character lies between being a protagonist and an antagonist. “Kumbaga sa soap opera ngayon lang ‘yung umiikot sa kwento para sa isang bida-kotrabida," Angelica said. "So medyo nakaka-challenge talaga kung paano mo titimplahin ‘yung pagiging mataray mo and kung paano ka kakaawaan ng mga [manonood].”
Having watched some episodes of the original Mexican TV series, Angelica said that she initially got worried about the possibility that viewers might react negatively to her role, since Filipino values are different from Mexican values. “At first nakakatakot, siyempre iba kasi ang values nating mga Filipino. So alam naman natin ABS-CBN is sobrang makapamilya so dun namin pinaikot ang kuwento, sa family. Siyempre ‘yung kapit ng character sa family niya is iba. Kumbaga maraming family values na matututunan,” she explained. Angelica’s co-stars in the soap opera include Shaina Magdayao, Diether Ocampo, and Jake Cuenca.
Many have noted that Angelica is the perfect actress to play Rubi, noting that she effectively portrayed a role with the same nature, Scarlet de la Rhea, in the teleserye Iisa Pa lamang, which was top-billed by Claudine Barretto, Gabby Concepcion and Diether.
Aside from Rubi, Angelica also has her hands full with other projects, like the gag show Banana Split and the Metro Manila Film Festival entry, I Love You, Goodbye, which stars Gabby, Kim Chiu and Angel’s real-life boyfriend, Derek Ramsay. She clarified though that she is not expecting to get a best actress nomination. “Nakakatakot kasi kapag nag-expect ka ng ganon,” she said. “Basta masaya lang kami sa trabaho at walang pressure. Ginagawa namin ‘yung trabaho namin at kung ano ‘yung hinihingi ng script at nung director, ‘yun ang binibigay naming lahat. And so far, maganda naman ‘yung kinakalabasan, happy naman kaming lahat.”