Erich Gonzales takes pride in co-starring with Gretchen Barretto and Bea Alonzo in a teleserye.
Erich Gonzales is hailed by many critics as one of the biggest breakthrough artists of 2009. She was launched last year as ABS-CBN’s newest primetime star via the teleserye Katorse, which was followed by another hit series Tanging Yaman. But in the new primetime drama Magkaribal, Erich seemed to have been demoted to secondary lead since the teleserye is top-billed by Gretchen Barretto and Bea Alonzo.
The young actress, however, doesn’t mind if people consider her role in Magkaribal as secondary. “It's not a big deal for me na si Ms. Gretchen naman at si Bea talaga ang bida. I know marami akong matutunan from them and mas nauna naman talaga sila (sa industry). I guess this is a chance rin na makihalo sa kanila."
When first told that she will co-star with Gretchen, Erich got intimidated. “Noong una, iniisip ko, 'Paano ba 'to? Sila Ms. Greta 'yan.' Pero to be honest talaga, she's really nice. She has a great heart talaga and she's really generous. Ang saya niyang kausap."
She even cited a time during their taping when Gretchen brought food for everyone on the set. “Mayroong one time nagpadala ang fans namin ng pagkain. Sabi niya, 'O bakit may ganyan?' The next day, siya rin nagdala ng food. Sabi namin, 'Saan galing?' Sabi niya 'Sa fans ko. Joke lang! Binili ko 'yan para sa atin.' Nagse-share talaga siya, hindi siya selfish.” Erich said this is to disprove rumors that the seasoned actress is being a ‘diva’ during tapings. “’Yung mga balita sa kanya, hindi totoo 'yon, mga primadona, ganyan. Siya talaga, kinakausap niya lahat kahit sino ka pa man so, ang saya. Wala, nakakatuwa siyang katrabaho talaga.”
Erich is also a victim of this kind of negative accusations since rumors are still continuously circulating that she has an attitude problem. The 19-year-old defended herself by saying, “Hindi ko po alam kung bakit may mga ganyan. Hindi ko nga po alam kung saan nanggagaling ang mga ganyang balita. Basta ako po, nagtratrabaho, gusto ko smooth lahat, and 'yung mga katrabaho ko po walang problema."
But since she chose to be in the business, Erich is just shrugging these nasty issues off. “Before pa ako pumasok ng showbiz, talagang ni-ready ko na ang sarili ko, na ang intriga talagang part of showbiz talaga. Basta I always ask God for guidance na makayanan ko ang lahat ng ito talaga. Ang hirap pero since ito naman ang ginusto ko, i-take ko na lang lahat ng consequences.”