Jessy Mendiola says Sabel is not a Katorse rip-off

Jessy Mendiola is ready for both stardom and controversies.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

FRESH SCOOPS

12/5/2010 2:31 AM
Jessy Mendiola says Sabel is not a Katorse rip-off


Relative showbiz neophyte Jessy Mendiola still could not believe that she landed a lead role in the upcoming early primetime series, Sabel, which will start this Monday, December 6, before TV Patrol. Among Jessy'rsquo;s notable projects were Gmik 2010 and Tayong Dalawa, where she played the leading lady of Coco Martin.

"Hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala, para akong lumulutang, kasi last project ko support roles tapos biglang lead role," related Jessy at the press conference of Sabel. "Sobrang laki ng pasasalamat ko. I didn'rsquo;t come from a famous family or [I did not win in a] reality show pero I was very surprised lang na someone like me would be given the chance sa lead role sa teleserye. Sobrang laki lang ng pasasalamat ko. Sobrang nervous lang ako [and] sana magustuhan ng mga tao ang Sabel."

But as early as now, controversies are already following Jessy. For instance, some say that Sabel is similar to Katorse, the teleserye that boosted Erich Gonzales to stardom. Just like Erich, the teaser of Sabel showcases Jessy as a blossoming woman, which connotes sexiness. But Jessy was quick to clarify that Sabel'rsquo;s main attraction is more than just the physique of its stars. "Sa teaser lang siya sexy. 'lsquo;Pag sa scenes, dun sa acting kami nagpo-focus hindi sa cleavage or pagpakita ng skin. Kasi si Sabel is very sensitive, inosente siya. Si Sabel kumpara kay Nene (Katorse character) hindi siya nagmamadali. More on kunwari nililigawan siya ng lalaki natatakot siya sa lalaki, lalayuan niya. Si Nene kasi she wants to be with a guy, parang nagmamadali siyang magka-love life. Si Sabel parang lagi niyang hinahanap 'lsquo;yung tatay niya."

The Filipina with British-Lebanese blood said that she is aware that oftentimes newcomers being groomed for stardom are often ac. "May mga controversies na, 'lsquo;Ay parang ngayon ko lang nakita 'lsquo;yung boobs niya, nagpalaki ba siya?'rsquo; Ako magpapalaki? Hindi ko naman kaya 'lsquo;yon. Kaya minsan push-up (bra) lang ang katapat niyan," she said smiling. "'rsquo;Yung mga controversies na ganyan hindi 'lsquo;yan maiiwasan kasi showbiz nga tayo and 'lsquo;yung mga pag-compare sa akin sa ibang leading ladies sa mga shows nila. Iba-iba po kaming ng kayang ibigay. Iba-iba po kami ng beauty, iba-iba po kami ng ugali." 'nbsp;

Jessy also expressed that she intends to make the most out of the big opportunity entrusted to her. "Minsan lang po dumating tsaka sobrang laki po ng pasasalamat [ko]. Sa dami-dami ng artista, ako