RK Bagatsing shared that playing a kontrabida role has always been one of his aspirations when he was just starting out. The actor played a supporting role in Be My Lady and starred in several indie films before bagging the role of Arnaldo Torillo in Wildflower.
“At first when I accepted the role [sa Wildflower] nong una sabi ko okay tingin ko kaya ko namang maging kontrabida because sabi ko pagtinatanong ako ng mga tao ano bang dream role mo, I never really thought of it pero sabi ko outright lang gusto kong maging kontrabdia talaga, wala lang gusto kong maging iba, gusto kong ma-conquer ‘yung role na ‘yun,” he said in an interview with PUSH.
RK confessed that he felt really pressured the first time he worked with Maja Salvador on the show because he used to watch Maja’s teleseryes and was impressed by her performances.
“’Yung ginagawa na namin ‘yung first three weeks, first month namin, I was star struck kay Maja because Maja is one of the actresses na pinapanood ko when I was just starting out sa indie. Nakikita ko ‘yung trabaho niya and sabi ko I want to work with her someday. And then nong nagtatrabaho na ako sa kanya I felt that I was messing up the opportunity kasi hindi ko makuha ‘yung role ko at first, hindi ko ma-fully grasp ‘yung kailangan from me so sabi ko I’m blowing this up parang ganon ‘yung pressure grabe,” he said.
The actor relayed that he eventually learned to overcome the pressure through the help of his co-actors in the series who have also been playing kontrabida roles.
“But being around more with Aiko (Melendez), around with tito Pip (Tirso Cruz III), I started to get the vibe, ‘yung vibe nila na everything’s okay, everything will be alright and siyempre ‘yung flowing of creative juices nila somehow nag-overflow and napupunta sa’yo, nahahawa ka sa kanila,” he stated.
RK said that as time passed by, he learned to enjoy more his character which made him more effective as an actor. “Right now looking back natatawa na lang ako kasi right now ini-enjoy na lang namin ‘yung each moment, each taping, each scene and pag ganon pag ini-enjoy mo lang mas lalong nagiging natural lahat eh, hindi forced so ‘yung pressure medyo wala na,” he shared.