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Gretchen Barretto feels the pressure of headlining another top-rating teleserye

Gretchen Barretto gears up to portray another remarkable character in her new teleserye 'Alta.'



5/31/2011 8:59 AM
Gretchen Barretto feels the pressure of headlining another top-rating teleserye

053111-gretchen_main.jpgGretchen Barretto revealed the that she spent the last six months not only for rest and vacation with her family but also to collect new designer clothes to wear in her upcoming ABS-CBN teleserye tentatively titled Alta. In last year’s series Magkaribal, Gretchen made a mark among viewers not only with her acting, but also with her extravagant outfits as she played supermodel-turned-designer Victoria. She shared, “Hindi madaling mag-ipon ng mga damit na gagamitin sa mga eksena for this teleserye. We want to give viewers outfits na different sa nakita nila sa Magkaribal para hindi magsawa ‘yung mga tao. We made sure na hindi siya pareho sa Magkaribal. Pinagaralan namin mabuti.”

The actress added that just like in Magkaribal, several big names in the fashion world will also take part in the overall production design of Alta. “Maraming kaming ii-introduce na bagong fashion designers not just from the Philippines but also from around the world, ha ha ha! Whatever we wore, pati mga bags, lahat ng nakita ninyo sa Magkaribal, I swear hindi niyo na makikita dito sa bagong teleserye.”

But she clarified that Alta will not be a “fashion serye” as many people are assuming. However, there is definitely the pressure of making this new drama a winner in the ratings just like Magkaribal. “Nakaka-pressure but I’m inspired to be a more intense actor. Excited ako kasi six months akong nakapagpahinga, nakapag-reflect. Six months kong na miss mag-taping, ang tagal ko nang hindi nagpupuyat. I’m hungry to work and give my best to the audience. It is a challenge for me, but at the same time it will also serve as an inspiration for me to be a better actor. Marami kaming magagawa for this teleserye.”

Gretchen talked about how she had a great time doing Magkaribal last year, that’s why in Alta, she asked the ABS-CBN bosses if she could still work with the same production team. “It’s the same team as with Magkaribal. The creative team, fashion team. Si Direk Nuel Naval pa rin. Ni-request ko talaga na sila pa rin ang makasama ko sa susunod na teleserye ko kasi nung last taping day ng Magkaribal iyak ako nang iyak. ‘Yung cast lang ang hindi ko makakasama uli. But I’m happy to be working with KC (Concepcion) and Angelica (Panganiban).” Also in the cast are Luis Manzano, Zanjoe Marudo, and Sam Milby.

She further shared that in her numerous trips abroad, Filipinos would often fondly call her Victoria. Now with Alta, Gretchen said she is excited about being associated with a new character. Will this new role be worthy of an award? “Bonus na lang sa akin ang award. Tao na ang magbibigay nun. Ang gusto ko lang is mag-rate kami, masaya ang audience and our bosses. Kuntento na ako kapag ganun,” she explained.