Vivian Velez believes that everyone is entitled to an opinion and that she has the right to critique Marian Rivera's take her old role.
Currently enjoying her role as the ambitious and powerful Lucille Zaragosa on Imortal, Vivian Velez is happy to have been given a good role for her showbiz comeback. During the Thanksgiving and Halloween party of the cast and crew of Imortal held last October 24 at the Fuel Up Bar in Quezon City, the former model-turned-actress couldn'rsquo;t help but feel thankful for the unexpected blessing. "Of course I'rsquo;m so happy kasi it'rsquo;s been a long time since I'rsquo;ve appeared tapos ganyan pa na nag-number one pa kami so masayang-masaya ako. Alam ko na from the very start na when I was reading the script when it was offered to me, alam ko na na maghi-hit siya. Alam ko na kasi andun lahat ng right ingredients eh. Andun lahat," she says.
Since the show'rsquo;s premiere telecast last October 4, Vivian admits she has been dealing with backlash about voicing out her opinion on Marian Rivera'rsquo;s performance in the remake of the her 1981 movie Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang. The Imortal actress couldn'rsquo;t hide her disappointment regarding some negative feedback that has been written about her online, since she believes everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. "Alam mo, naging issue nga yan, ang daming nagagalit sa akin na mga Marian fans. It was an opinion that I felt. Pero nag-filmmaking din kasi ako, nag-aral ako ng filmmaking for two years and so nakalimutan ko na nasa showbiz ako, so kailangan pala maging plastic ako at hindi magbigay ng tamang opinion. So nagkamali ako dun kasi ako lang naman, ang sabi ko lang naman, kung ano yung opinion ko. Wala naman akong masamang sinabi. Siyempre may karapatan naman ako kasi pelikula ko yun at ako yung gumanap doon so puwede ko naman siguro sabihin kung nagustuhan ko o hindi. Not for anything else, I don'rsquo;t want to hurt anyone," she stresses.
Vivian also made it clear that she was not riding on the issue, nor was she deliberately trying to hurt anyone intentionally with what she said. "Sana hindi naman sila masaktan kasi kahit nung una, ung nag-uumpisa rin naman ako, madami naman nagsasabi sa akin na hindi ako magaling umarte but I did not say 'lsquo;boo'rsquo; to them. I just had to prove myself. Pero hindi ako nagalit kahit ganyan. Para sa akin, constructive criticism yun kaya pinagbuti ko yung craft ko. I think that'rsquo;s the way any other actress or any other actor should take it. So opinion ko lang naman yun, baka naman yung iba nagandahan 'lsquo;di ba? Pero ako, yun lang yung sinabi ko, kulang sa anghang, yun lang," she says.