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Mercedes Cabral says it is not her priority to win acting awards

Indie actress Mercedes Cabral says that her main goal is to play her roles very well.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

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11/12/2011 9:00 PM
Mercedes Cabral says it is not her priority to win acting awards


111311-mercedes_main.jpgIndie actress Mercedes Cabral graced the gala premiere of the 7th Cinema One Originals Film Festival last Wednesday, November 9, at the Shangri-La Mall Cineplex. The sultry actress is part of the entry Di Ingon Nato (Not Like Us), a horror flick set in a rural town whose population suffers a viral outbreak which turns its victims into zombies. “Ipinakita lang kung ano ang magiging reaction ng tao kung magkaroon man ng apocalypse,” explained Mercedes.

She continued that their entry is worth seeing because it is unlike any other local film that she has seen. “Wala pa akong napapanood dito na ganitong klaseng treatment at ‘yung script niya. Nakuha talaga ako ng director sa script eh,” she shared. “Nung unang ipinitch sa akin ito parang medyo nag-alangan ako kasi zombie, medyo mahirap i-pull off ‘yung mga ganitong klase. Pero nung nabasa ko ‘yung script ang galing ng pagkakasulat.”

One of the biggest challenges that she had to deal with is that she had to learn Bisaya since it is the film’s primary language. “Ang hirap mag-react sa lenggwahe na hindi mo naiintindihan, so ang hirap din mag-memorize kasi mine-memorize ko siya word for word. Hindi ako pwedeng mag-adlib dahil kailangan kong mag-stick sa script. So mahirap pero lahat naman tinutulungan nila ako, sa intonation sa lahat-lahat. Ang hirap lang maglabas ng emotion kapag ‘di mo alam ‘yung lengguwahe.”

Though she has been hailed for her portrayals in past indie movies she has done, Mercedes clarified that winning an award for her latest project is not her main objective. “’Yung mga festival kasi parang celebrations lang ‘yan,” she stated, referring to the Cinema One Originals awards night that will happen on Sunday, November 13. “Ang sa akin na lang sana magustuhan ng mga tao bilang actor trabaho namin na magkuwento din sa tao so sana magawa namin nang maayos.

Sa akin kasi hindi ko siya pina-prioritize talaga. Ang sa akin kasi kapag binigyan ako ng script ‘yon, gagawin ko siya nang maayos ‘yung role talaga at ‘yun din ang basehan ko kung kukunin or tatanggapin ko ‘yung role. Hindi ko iniisip ‘yung ah eto ‘yung makakpagbigay sa akin ng award.”