Even after having played numerous roles on stage, TV, and film, actress Kim Molina said she makes sure she is able to do justice to each role she is given. In the June 6 episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, Kim takes on her first lead role in the long-running show in the episode 14 Years of Love along with Pepe Herrera who plays her husband.
“I do my research depende sa kung ano yung character. I read my script, I collaborate with my director kung ano yung vision niya at gusto niya gawin sa eksena. Sa proseso ng collaborating with my director at dun sa script dun I think magbabago lahat. Lalabas din kasi yung vision niyong dalawa. Dito marami akong naramdaman bilang Rose sa episode namin at bilang Kim na rin mismo na kinabahan habang nag-shu-shoot dahil bibida sa isang episode that I am very grateful to the MMK family na may ganitong opportunity,” she shared.
Having first worked with fellow theater actor Pepe Herrera in the successful long-running musical Rak of Aegis, Kim said she was happy to be reunited with him, this time onscreen.
“Sobrang excited ko nung sinabi na si Pepe yung makakasama ko. Kasi babalik yung tambalan namin tapos siyempre pag first (lead role) ko and first (lead role) din ni Pepe, mas kampante ako dahil si Pepe yung kasama ko. Dahil we’ve done Rak of Aegis so many times. So yung connection namin ni Pe nandun pa rin so it was easier for me na makapag-eksena with him kasi alam ko na rin ang proseso ni Pe,” she said.
Playing a couple whose love withstands the test of time was a challenge for Kim and Pepe but she said he made sure to work on their chemistry before they started taping.
“Dito nakilala ko ang Pepe na sobrang dedicated sa kanyang craft kasi mas malalim pala siya magtrabaho pag dramahan. Bago kami mag-shoot, sabi ni Pepe kailangan namin mag-usap, so kuwentuhan lang. Sabi ko, ‘Ay may workshop ba?’ So sinuportahan ko si Pe. ‘Yun pala kinailangan lang niya ibalik yung before na parang kuwentuhang magkaibigan so we talked about all our experiences na hindi about the show. Kailangan lang ibalik yung Kim at Pepe na magkaibigan na matagal nagkukuwentuhan kasi ganun kami sa Rak of Aegis,” she explained.
Although they have worked together numerous times in the past, Kim said she was happy to discover something new about her colleague. “Ang new discovery ko yung ibang side niya when it comes to TV and film. Because I have never worked with Pepe in front of the camera na marami kaming eksena. Sa stage lang. Kasi usually may mga movies na cameo lang kami tapos magkatabi lang pero hindi magka-eksena (laughs),” she added.