Angel Locsin speaks up about why she agreed to be part of a kiddie fantaserye.
Fresh from the 37th international Emmy Awards in New York, Angel Locsin attended the story conference for her upcoming teleserye Kokey @ Ako at the ABS-CBN compound last Monday, November 30. A lot of people were actually surprised that she accepted to do the fantaserye right after her Emmy nomination when she could be doing another drama that could earn international acclaim. “Hindi ko naman masasabi na hindi ako namimili ng roles. Of course dahil medyo mag-e-eight years na din naman ako sa industriya, ayoko din naman na pare-pareho yung ginagawa ko para naman mahasa din ako. Kasi siyempre ang acting learning experience din. Ayaw mo naman mastuck sa isang aspeto lang,” she began.
After some consideration, Angel said she believes that being a part of Kokey @ Ako would actually give her the chance to become a well-rounded actress. “At first naisip ko baka naman kokey kokey lang. Pero may mga napag-usapan kami and ang Kokey very interesting naman ang story. Tapos inexplain nila sa akin na hindi lang ito basta fantasy show, may (environmental) cause din naman ang Kokey so grinab ko na. Madami kayong matututunang aral dito. Lalo na sa nangyaring Bagyong Ondoy at Pepeng, kailangan natin turuan ang bata maski tayong matatanda kung papano alagaan ang environment,” she explained.
Angel will be playing the role of Jackie, a news reporter who will eventually be involved in Kokey’s search for his lost baby sister as well a mission to save earthlings from a new set of evil aliens. “Masaya ako dahil medyo matagal na akong hindi nakakalabas sa TV. And excited din ako kasi karamihan ng shows na nagagawa ko noon ay pambata tapos balik pambata ulit ako. Namimiss ko na yung mga bata so at least nagkaroon ako ng chance na kahit papaano maentertain din ang mga bagets. And first time ko to work with Direk Lauren (Dyogi) who’s our business unit head, Direk Wenn Deramas, and si Vhong (Navarro) kaya looking forward talaga kami. Storycon pa lang nagtatawanan na so good vibes siya,” she stressed.
During the story conference, Vhong kept telling Angel that he’s “lucky” to have her as his leading lady but the latter merely laughed at his funny antics. When asked if she feels awkward with such references to her ex-boyfriend Luis Manzano, Angel was quick to say that she’s already used to Vhong’s sense of humor. “Ganon naman yun e. In fairness, kasi siyempre ‘pag may bago kang katrabaho nakikiramdam ka. Tinitignan mo kung may do’s and don’ts ba. Pero si Vhong may gift siya na once na kinausap mo siya, marerelax ka agad. Wala kasi siyang kaere-ere, napakasimpleng tao at very considerate. Isa siya sa mga hinahanggaan kong artista pagdating sa comedy so gusto ko rin makita kung paano siya umatake pagdating sa mga eksena,” she beamed.
The cast of Kokey @ Ako start taping on December 15 in time for the show’s premiere in January 2010. Since it was also announced during the meeting that it would be replacing the slot of the top-rating teleserye May Bukas Pa on Primetime Bida, ABS-CBN.comasked Angel how she feels about such a big responsibility on their end. “Yes. Halos lahat naman ng nagsisimulang show may pressure talaga. Pero para sa akin healthy yun. Kung wala kang pressure na nararamdaman, parang hindi ka nagmamalasakit sa show mo. Besides magagamit mo yun para lalong magsipag at pagandahin yung show at lahat ng bagay na ginagawa mo,” she stated.