After a more than two-year break from doing teleseryes, Erich Gonzales said she had a lot of adjusting to do when she accepted the dual lead roles of Magda and Lena in the drama series La Vida Lena last year.
“We started taping last year and then we wrapped up yung last taping day ito lang February this year. So talaga nag-base yung script namin from week one. Since first lock-in taping experience ko ito, sobrang nakakapanibago talaga. Before our first taping day kung saan andun yung mga swab test tapos mostly mga Zoom meetings yun ginawa namin, briefing, ganyan. Parang pagdating dun sa location, para mas maka-save ng oras para faster sa lahat, latag na yan lahat. Ang aalahanin mo na lang yung lines of your character para pagdating mo sa set ready ka na. Para hindi ka naman abala para sa lahat. Bawas sa kumbaga problema. Para wala ng stress, dire-diretso na,” she said.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, Erich said safety was always the first priority on the La Vida Lena set.
“Siyempre safety first. Kailangan yung rehearsals, yung blocking, lagi naman merong naka-standby na ambulance at mga medics in case of emergency. But so far naging okay naman yung taping dun. Wala naman naging problema. Some scenes naman yung very physical hindi naman maiiwasan yan hangga’t hindi sinasabi ng director yung ‘Cut!’ siyempre rude naman na i-cut mo yung scene just because nasaktan ka. Because when you’re in the scene you forget yourself and be the character so kung ano yung needed, yun yung gagawin mo. Yung mga maliit na galos galos malayo yun sa bituka (laughs),” she shared.
The 30-year-old actress shared that she always makes sure to make preparations even before entering the lock-in bubble.
“Since lock-in taping and kayo kayo lang yung magkakasama so make sure hindi lang sarili mo yung iniisip mo kundi yung ibang tao din sa paligid mo, kung ano man yung kailangan nila and tulungan. Since first time ko dun sa lock-in taping, medyo nakakapanibago lang yung laging magsuot ng face shield and mask, ganyan. But everyone followed naman sa protocols na yun. Parang nasanay ka na rin kasi kumbaga part siya ng daily life mo,” she explained.
Follow Magda’s (Erich Gonzales) transformation into a vengeful Lena by rescanning any digital TV box at home, such as the TVplus box, to watch fresh episodes of “La Vida Lena” on A2Z and TV5 starting on Monday (June 28) at 10 PM. You can also watch episodes on iWantTFC and the The Filipino Channel (TFC) on cable and IPTV for viewers outside the Philippines.