Marami ang galit sa karakter ni Denise Laurel sa afternoon series ng ABS-CBN na The Better Half. Pero magkaganun man ay happy pa rin siya sa feedback na natatanggap. “I think, galit sila,” bungad niyang pahayag, “pero what I love about the Filipinos today is that, they distinguish who you are and who your character is. “A lot of times, throughout the day, I get messages on social media that ‘I hate Bianca but I love you so much’, ‘I don’t understand how I can hate Bianca so much, but then, I’m so fond of you.’ “And that’s so flattering, you know. Because they can distinguish who I am as a person, and yet, see this completely different character when they watch the show and they hate her so much,” paliwanag ng aktres. Natutuwa rin daw siya sa ilang comments na nagsasabing, “gusto kong buhusan ng kumukulong tubig si Bianca”, “kakalbuhin ko na talaga si Bianca” at pati ang mga pagmumura ng mga ito sa karakter niya.
“I read it, and in a sick way, I get happy kasi even if it’s a negative thing, it’s positive because it means that I‘m doing my job—in some way—correctly,” she said.
Inamin din ni Denise na dahil sa sobrang bigat ng karakter niya sa The Better Half kaya hirap siyang mag-shift into her real self. May time pa nga raw na kapag nasa Bianca mode at kinausap siya ng direktor ay nasisigawan niya ito.
“I struggle with that, ‘yung I’m Bianca right now and I answer you as Bianca, but later after take, I feel bad, so nagso-sorry ako right after na ‘sorry, I was answering as Bianca, ha?’ There’s a struggle talaga,” kuwento pa niya.
Patuloy ni Denise, “Sobrang hirap. Again, like I said before, this is the hardest character I’ve ever had to portray, not because she’s stereotyped crazy person but because there’s so many layers of her and that because the show really wants to show that there’s no such thing as a bad person.”