Gretchen Barretto hopes she can deliver another powerful performance just like with her last role in Magkaribal.
Gretchen Barretto graced the 9th Gawad Tanglaw Awards last March 17 to pick up trophies for two TV projects she did last year. Her top-rating teleserye Magkaribal won as Best Drama Series, while her portrayal in the ‘Larawan’ episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya earned her the Best Actress in a Single Performance nod. Gretchen told reporters during the Gawad Tanglaw Awards, “Nagpapasalamat ako kay Direk Nuel (Naval, her director in Magkaribal and the MMK episode) for always being patient with me, for always giving his best as my director. Also to the creative team, sa ABS-CBN. Salamat sa magagandang proyektong ibinibigay niyo sa akin.”
Gretchen is set to make a comeback on primetime TV with a new teleserye titled Alta wherein she will co star with Angelica Panganiban, KC Concepcion, Zanjoe Marudo, and Sam Milby. Gretchen shared that Alta is set to begin taping after the Holy Week and is tentatively scheduled to air by June. According to her, a workshop is scheduled for all the stars of the teleserye, and as early as now, Gretchen is very much excited to befriending her co stars.
“Hindi pa kami nakakapag bonding kasi busy kami sa kanya-kanya naming buhay. But hopefully very soon, kapag nag start na kaming mag workshop tuloy tuloy na kaming magkakasama. I’m looking forward to working with them. There are so many thing I want to know about them. Parang ang nangyari noon sa Magkaribal. Sa simula nai intimidate pa kami sa isa’t isa pero later on nung naging close na lahat, talagang super close lahat. I’m looking forward to that.”
Knowing that she is about to live a busy life again very soon, Gretchen revealed that rest and relaxation she gets at the moment is very precious. She also shared her current work out plan to stay in shape for her TV roles. “Panay ang exercise ko. I do pilates. I also run and I do TRX. To get ready for Alta. Kaya fit ako ngayon, ha ha ha!”
Aside from Alta, Gretchen said that ABS-CBN has granted her request to do another MMK episode, still with Direk Nuel. She wasn’t shy to admit that she loves taking home trophies for an MMK episode. “Humihingi rin ako ng isa pang MMK episode this year, of course with Direk Nuel again. Para naman next year meron kami ulit panglaban sa awards. Naghahanap ng materyal si Direk Nuel. Hopefully bago mag air ang Alta may bagong MMK akong maihahatid sa lahat.” Gretchen won a back-to-back trophies as Best Actress in a Single Performance from the PMPC Star Awards in 2009 and 2010, both for MMK.