Gretchen looks forward to doing more projects for ABS-CBN next year.
As Magkaribal wrapped up its last shooting day last October 29, fans of the show anticipate an intense finale showcasing fiery sisters Victoria and Gelai. After the show'rsquo;s hit run, Gretchen Barretto is looking forward to enjoying some downtime until the end of 2010. "This year, after Magkaribal, mayroon na akong mga a few photo shoots and I'rsquo;m doing a Bench ad. After that, gagawin ko lang sa December yung launch ng mga ads then I'rsquo;ll go to the States next month to rest and be with Tony and Dominique. Then next year I will work. We'rsquo;ll be there from December 17th to the first week of January and then I'rsquo;ll be home," she says during a Push.com.ph set visit. The model-actress admits that this much-needed break is crucial to her in terms of bringing better work quality to her next projects. "Para pagdating ko, fresh. Bagong Gretchen ulit. Normal family life lang kami dun. Hindi Gretchen, hindi Victoria, just the normal life," she says.
Although she was originally slated to start shooting a film under Star Cinema this month, the actress begged off to have time to rest and be with her family, whom she recently went to Bangkok with for a short weekend. "Wala muna, ayoko muna mag-taping. Kasi dapat mag-uumpisa kami ng movie nitong November pero sorry hindi kaya ng powers ko talaga. I really need to take a break para meron ulit akong ipon na lakas. Para may mabigay ulit sa manunuod. Ayokong maging haggard at masyadong kalat. Gusto ko fresh lagi," she adds. But Gretchen says this will not pose any delay to the movie'rsquo;s production schedule as she had already gotten the permission to move back the shooting dates while taping the last episodes of Magkaribal. The film also stars Angel Locsin and will be directed by Chito Rono. "Hindi ko kaya talaga gumawa ng pelikula at teleserye, hindi ko kaya magpuyat kasi three to four times a week ang taping ng teleserye so hindi pwedeng the next day eh magmo-movie ako. Kasi pag ginawa ko yun, malilito na ako sa character. I'rsquo;m looking forward to that but siguro we'rsquo;ll do the meetings after the taping of Magkaribal and then magdedesisyon kami kung paano namin gagawin. Maybe bago namin umpisahan ang teleserye pwede mag-shoot," she says.
With regards to her next film and TV projects, Gretchen admits she has yet to bring up the topic with her family, although her partner Tony Boy is already aware of the news. "Hindi pa alam ni Dominique. Well kinda alam na ni Tony, narinig niya pero sinasabi niya na don'rsquo;t you want to do other things? And I said I'rsquo;ll think about it," she says. After a long hiatus from showbiz, Gretchen admits that she feels lucky that Tony Boy has been nothing but supportive of her current endeavours. "Hindi niya ako dini-discourage, alam niya kasi na na-mention ko na noon kasi nagko-complain ako na I'rsquo;m so tired, my body'rsquo;s aching, puyat na puyat a