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Gretchen on working with Angelica Panganiban and KC: 'We are here to work and not to fight'

Gretchen Barreto admits her apprehension about working with a new cast for her upcoming teleserye.



5/19/2011 8:36 AM
Gretchen on working with Angelica Panganiban and KC: 'We are here to work and not to fight'

051911-gretchen_main.jpgGretchen Barretto recently signed a new contract with ABS-CBN to formalize her new project with the Kapamilya network: a new primetime teleserye tentatively titled Alta. Following the contract signing, Gretchen told reporters that she took advantage of the last six months after her last teleserye Magkaribal wrapped up to get some rest and spend time with her family. “After a year nandito na uli ako. Gretchen is back! Ha ha ha! After Magkaribal, gagawa na uli ako ng teleserye and excited na ako. Nagkapagpahinga ako. I exercised. I bonded with my family, Tony (Boy Cojuangco, her partner) and Dominique (their daughter). Now I’m back and ready to face the camera.”

Before playing a “fashion queen” in Magkaribal, Gretchen scoured various high class boutiques here and abroad in search of eye-catching clothes to wear on the show. This time around, she revealed that shopping also became one of her preparation for her new teleserye role. “Six months na kaming lahat nagpe-prepare. Six months na akong nagiipon ng mga damit for this teleserye, ha ha ha! I’ve been exercising. Magkaka-workshop na rin kami anytime this week. Tuloy tuloy na ang trabaho naming lahat. I don’t know if I can tell say what the title is. Basta ang working title niya is Alta pero hindi pa yun talaga ang title.”

Unlike Magkaribal, Alta will not deal with the fashion world, but more on the lives of people in the high society. The cast will also include Angelica Panganiban, KC Concepcion, Sam Milby, Zanjoe Marudo, and Luis Manzano. Gretchen spoke up about her team up with KC and Angelica to top-bill Alta. “More intense acting dito. Siyempre iba na ang cast. Imagine magkakasama kami nina Angelica and KC. Tatlo kaming babae na matatapang at malalakas ang mga loob. I guess labanan ng acting. Makikita mo talaga dito as actors what we all can give to our public. We love our careers.”

The actress couldn’t hide her excitement over the scheduled gathering of the entire lead cast for the grand story conference and acting workshop. “Magkikita kami for a story conference, our last and biggest story conference. We will also have our acting workshop together. Magkikita na kami. Oh no! I’m excited na! In two weeks start na kaming mag-taping.”

At the same time, though, Gretchen admitted that she also feels a bit apprehensive about meeting the cast, particularly the girls Angelica and KC, the same thing she felt last year when work on Magkaribal was about to start. “When I started Magkaribal I had apprehensions about meeting the other actors and working with them. I’m in that state again. Iniisip ko ngayon, ‘Magkakasundo ba kami?’”

But the actress said that is optimistic that, like the great time she had with the Magkaribal cast, she will also forge new friendships in Alta. Gretchen has also put behind her the rift that happened between her and Angelica. “This is our choice. My choice is for us to fall in love with our work para makita ng audience na we are here to work and not to fight. We are here to give our best and we that to our bosses. After all they’re paying us good money, ha ha ha!”