Janice de Belen will showcase her versatility as an actress in the upcoming teleserye Ina, Kapatid, Anak where she will portray the role of the main antagonist. “’Yung character ko is different from what I usually play. I haven’t played this in a really long time so parang exciting for me,” she explained.
The actress was also asked if she is ready to be loathed by some fans who get carried away by what they watch on TV. “Deadma lang naman ako sa mga ganun kasi as an actress you need to be able to play different roles,” she replied. “Atsaka it’s exciting for us din kasi. Kung parating mabait kasi corny na eh, gusto mo naman ng spice, gusto mo ng konting anghang. Nakaka-challenge kasi I had to bring out the inner bad.”
She confessed that the only reason that made her hesitate to accept the role is the idea that her character is the wife of the role of her real-life brother-in-law, Ariel Rivera, husband of Janice’s younger sister, Gelli de Belen. “Medyo mahirap nang slight, weird ang feeling. But then again, as an actress you have to get past that. Talagang mahirap sa umpisa but then after a while, [when] you get past it, okay naman.”
A number of actresses who played kontrabidas in previous ABS-CBN teleseryes became so effective that they have been considered iconic. Janice was asked if she wants her character to achieve the same success. To this, Janice answered, “You want to do well [with your job]. When you do well, ‘yung pagmamarka comes with the doing well, so bago mo isipin magmarka, isipin mo muna gawin mo ‘yung tama.”
Janice added that since she has been portraying the good guy for the entire stretch of her showbiz career, she could not help but feel excited about playing the antagonist. “Ang mabait na role feeling ko for me it’s a given. I’ve been doing that ever since. To play a kontrabida role, ‘yun ‘yung marami kang nagagawa. Mas masarap pa ang role nila kasi hindi naman pwedeng [mabait], ganyan lang ‘yan.”
Speaking of inner bad, Janice was also asked what ruins her mood, to which she immediately replied, “Naiinis ako sa mayabang, sa arrogance. I think naman ‘yung kinaiinisan natin, kinaiinisan ko rin. But there are just different degrees of what you can take. Di mawawala ‘yun eh. Marami kang makikilalang mayabang in varying degrees so you just have to learn to roll with it. Kung di mo type, wag mo nang kausapin.”
When she enounters someone proud, Janice deals with it my being indifferent. “Deadma naman. ‘Yun ang problema pag ‘di ko talaga gusto ‘di ko talaga maitago kahit anong try ko, hindi ko talaga maitago, pag kinausap ko di ko tinitingnan sa mata, ang hirap talaga.”
Janice de Belen on playing a kontrabida role: 'Kung parating mabait, corny na eh'
Janice de Belen says that playing a kontrabida role makes her feel that she can do more when it comes to acting.