With the upcoming fashion-serye Magkaribal, Angel Aquino gets to do the two things she loves the most: acting and modeling. Angel portrays the role of kontrabida Vera, a well-known model-turned-fashion-designer whose greatest rival in the fashion industry is Gretchen Barretto’s character, Victoria.
“Dito siyempre nababaon ko ‘yung mga poses and the way you project on the ramp kahit hindi ako masyadong nag-spend that much time on the ramp. I guess through the years rin nakuha ko ‘yung confidence,” Angel explained. “Lagi kong sinasabi, playground ko ang modeling, it’s fun for me. But acting is the biggest challenge, sa akin hindi ka magpo-progress when you stop growing, if you don’t keep on challenging yourself. So this is how I challenge myself, [through acting].”
This is not Angel’s first kontrabida role; she first played the antagonist in the film Minsan Minahal Kita (2000) that starred Sharon Cuneta and Richard Gomez. “I played the bitch wife of Richard’s role but there kasi she was a brat, the way she was brought up, she’s scheming and manipulative,” she described.
With her gentle demeanor, Angel admitted that it takes effort for her to play the kontrabida but she is up to the challenge. “It’s difficult pero ngayon naga-grasp ko na si Vera. I can switch her on and forget about her when off cam. I have to say medyo nakakaapekto siya kung minsan. Nadadala mo ‘yung konting nuances niya, lalo na ‘yung character mo mabigat. Hindi ka makausap ng tao [kasi] kailangan in character,” she explained.
Like with previous ABS-CBN teleseryes where the kontrabidas become household names, Angel is keeping her fingers crossed that she would register the same effect for playing Vera. “Of course I don’t consciously aim for that [because] my main goal is to portray her properly and very well in a way na maaapektuhan ko ‘yung co-actors ko as Vera and not as Angel Aquino. Inconsequential na lang if she gets known as Vera. Sana it happens, but right now I just want to play Vera the best that I can.”