Bela Padilla said she doesn’t mind being the second choice in the film.
During a visit to the set of the primetime teleserye Sino Ang May Sala? (Mea Culpa), Bela Padilla shared her excitement as she takes over the role originally given to Nadine Lustre for the Filipino remake of the hit South Korean movie Miracle in Cell No. 7.
“I’m very happy to take over the role. I’m used to doing this naman. I’m aware naman na hindi talaga tayo laging first choice for a project. As a fan of Koreans shows and movies, I’m very excited to be given the chance to try a great character,” she said.
Apparently, Padilla was having a fun time at the beach when she found out that the role had been handed down to her following Lustre’s withdrawal from the film.
“I got a call. I was at the beach. I got a call from Boss Vincent of VIVA Films. He asked me if I was wiling to take on the role kahit nga he has already offered it to Nadine,” she said.
Admitting that she has always been a fan of the Ryu Seung-ryong and Park Shin-hye tearjerker, Padilla revealed that she has seen it several times already.
“I have. Many times. Before pa. And I plan to re-watch it before filming,” she said.
The 28-year-old Kapamilya star then thanked Lustre for all the kind words the latter said about her.
“Thank you so much, Nadine. I’m very happy to take this off your hands. I know that you can’t commit to it right now,” she stated.
Padilla remains hopeful on the possibility of working with her fellow VIVA talent in the future. “Sana magkatrabaho din kami soon,” she said.
Padilla also wished Lustre the best after the Indak star revealed in a recent interview that she has decided to withdraw as a way of preventing herself from feeling burned out.
“I hope that whatever she’s going through, at this point in her life, she goes through it well and easy,” she said.
As much as she feels anxious to take on the role, Padilla said she wants to put her focus first on Sino Ang May Sala—especially now that it’s down to its last two weeks.
“Yes. Kinabahan ako. Pero ayoko muna siyang isipin. Gusto ko muna tapusin ang Sino Ang May Sala. Tapos I’m very thankful to the production of Miracle In Cell in Cell No. 7,” she said, thanking the the production team for allowing her to focus on Sino Ang May Sala? at the moment.
She then went on: “They moved my shooting dates para I can concentrate on this. Kasi alam nilang patapos na kami. So they gave me enough time to prepare also for this. Kasi I want to change my look.”
Padilla also admitted that she got star struck when she first met her co-star Aga Muhlach for the look test of the Metro Manila Film Festival entry.
“Nag look test na po kami last week. Honestly, there’s really a magic around Kuya Aga. Meron talaga siyang kinang na ewan ko siguro sobrang fangirl lang talaga ako. Pero meron siya eh. Kahit look test lang. Just watching his videos na siya lang mag-isa, amazed na amazed na ako. Wala pang lines humahanga na ako,” she remarked.
Reiterating that she doesn’t mind being a second choice, she said: “Hindi po. Hindi rin po ito first time. ‘Yung Isang Daang Tula Para Kay Stella hindi din naman ako first choice. I really believe it’s really what you bring to the project.”
Padilla also dismissed speculations that she replaced Nadine Lustre because her films earned more in the box office compared to that of the Multimedia Princess. “Hindi po. And hindi rin po ako aware sa issue na ‘yan.”
Meanwhile, Bela can’t wait for everyone to witness the last few episodes of Sino Ang May Sala? as it is set to answer all the burning questions of its viewers in the coming days.
“Very bittersweet,” she said. “Magaan po sa damdamin namin na matatapos na kami. But at the same time, meron pa ding kaba dahil ambigat ng last week namin. Sobra. May kanya-kanyang pupuntahan ‘yung mga character namin. Sobrang solid, sobrang unusual,” she added.