Erich Gonzales hopes viewers will enjoy the localized version of the hit telenovela 'Maria la Del Barrio.'
With the August 15 premiere of Maria la Del Barrio
on ABS-CBN, Erich Gonzales admitted she has mixed emotions about how people will react to her version of Maria Hernandez, a role popularized by Mexican superstar Thalia in the original version of the series. “Kahit andun yung kaba at
pressure, excited pa din ako
at the same time kasi
finally mapapanuod na namin. Kahit kami rin nag-antay.
So masaya kami ngayon. Yung
pressure hindi naman talaga nawawala yun. Yung
supportive nila tapos yung
directors namin talagang
team kami dito and basta pinapagbutihan namin yung trabaho namin
and at the same time we’re having fun, super fun,” she shared.
Erich hopes that fans of the original series will not make comparisons because their version has been localized for the Filipino audience. “Sana po walang mag-
compare compare kasi iba naman itong Maria la Del Barrio.
We just promise na kung nagustuhan talaga nila yung
original, dito rin mamahalin nila yung
” she added.
The series, which was originally slated for release earlier this year, was pushed back to a later date because of some additions to the script which required permission from Televisa, the Mexican multi-media production company which owns the rights to the show. Even though Maria La Del Barrio
took longer than expected, Erich said it will definitely be worth the wait. “Naging matagal dahil madaming inayos at in
script tapos maraming dinagdag. Hinintay pa namin yung
Televisa Productions sa
Mexico. Pero ngayon tapos na talaga yung paghihintay, totoo na talaga ito. Ipapalabas na
,” she added.
The 20-year-old actress said she never entertained the thought that the project might be cancelled after its premiere telecast was delayed a few months back. “Wala namang ganun kasi hindi naman kami nag-stop na mag-taping kahit umuulan at buma-bagyo. Tuloy-tuloy pa rin yung
blessing lang talaga at alam namin na ang Maria la Del Barrio na ito ay isang napakalaking
project and we’re just very thankful kasi pinagkatiwala sa amin ito. At gaya ng sabi ko, para sa
supporters namin na walang sawang nandiyan na hindi kami iniwan. Salamat talaga sa kanila,
” she explained.
Although there have been additions to the original storyline, Erich said she does not mind having to portray a more mature version of Maria. “If there’s one thing na aabangan nila
, it’s yung
From the very beginning naman, yung
role na binigay sa amin, in-
. So siyempre andun pa rin yung
,” she said.
After facing intrigues this past year, Erich said she would rather focus on work at the moment. “Basta ang
mindset talaga namin
. Work, work, work. Sabi kasi ng
Star Magic (her manager) huwag na mag-
comment and wala naman akong kailangan i-
react dahil nasagot na yun. Alam ko naman na
part talaga ng
showbiz yung mga intriga. Hindi naman nawawala yan. Basta naintindihan ko na may kanya-kanya tayong opinion. Pero sa ngayon, sa dami ng
blessings na dumarating, parang sobrang pasasalamat lang talaga
and I’m happy also sa mga
blessings na dumarating. Nakaka-
share din ako sa ibang tao
so masaya lang talaga,
positive. Siguro kung meron mang makakakilala sa akin, tanungin niyo na lang yung mga katrabaho ko kasi sila yung mas nakakasama ko,
” she admitted.
Erich also reacted to reports that she is the top choice to be Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer’s leading lady in a future project. “Sobrang