In the new iWantTFC family drama Misis Piggy, Iana Bernardez plays the role of one of Sylvia Sanchez and Ricky Davao’s three children who are torn between their two long estranged parents.
“Ang character ko dito ay si Steffi, ako yung middle child. Ako yung medyo mahilig mang-away kay ate Lanie (Ria Atayde). Basta lagi kaming hindi nag-si-see eye to eye. What’s fun is hindi kami mukhang magkakapatid. So yun yung worry ko getting into the set. Pero nung nakita na sa camera, aliw na aliw kami na mukha talaga kaming magkakapatid. It was super fun. Happy ako with how the show turned out after watching it several times in post (production) and I really want my mom to see it,” she shared during the Misis Piggy mediacon.
In real life, Iana is the eldest daughter of actress Angel Aquino, a fact which she admits led to the fact why she chose to use a different screen name from her mother.
“I think helpful na when we use our father’s names because our fathers aren’t in the industry. At least for me, hindi agad agad (alam). Kasi sabi kamukha ko daw siya so pag ginamit ko pa yung Aquino, automatic may shadow na ni mommy. Which I don’t mind.
“I’m so proud of my mom. She’s a beautiful woman, a great actress. I’m very proud of her but she allowed me to get in the industry on my own feet and nung pinasok ko yung pag-a-artista yes medyo na-pressure ako kasi si Angel Aquino magandang babae, she’s at her age now and she still looks that beautiful. Actually dun ako medyo na-pe-pressure na parang, ‘My God pagtanda ko magiging ganun kaganda ba ako (laughs),’” she admitted.
In Misis Piggy, Iana said she can see some similarities with her onscreen siblings (played by Ria Atayde and Elijah Canlas) and her real-life sister Thea.
“Ang na-keep ko kay Steffi na applicable kasi sa buhay ko is pag nag-aaway kaming magkapatid ni Thea my younger sister, lagi kaming bangayan growing up. So yun yung similarity ko kay Steffi na kailangan laging may masabi. Hindi puwedeng wala akong masabi sa kapatid ko (laughs).
“And then people say na hindi ako nakikipag-away pero ang naaalala ko is kay Thea lang ako lagi nakikipag-away. Steffi is a mother’s girl. Makikita niyo yun sa amin ni tita na laging katabi niya. Ganun yung dynamics namin. Super maka-mommy ako kasi yung mommy ko best friend ko din yan.
“May one scene in episode 6 abangan niyo, feeling ko kausap ko talaga mom ko when I tell tita Sylvia (Sanchez), ‘I’m so proud of you. I love you,’ ganyan. Yun yung mga words na sinasabi ko kay mommy every time I get the chance to,” she explained.
More than just a pretty face, Iana said she also wants to be known as a talented actress just like her mom whose career in showbiz has already spanned more than 25 years. Iana said she also looks forward to working with her mom in the future.
“In terms of acting, yes I feel pressured kasi very critical tayo as an audience na parang, ‘Ba’t siya artista?’ So pag ako yung sinalang dun, actually yung pressure not actually from my mom. But I know the conversations that happen in the monitor, behind the scenes
“I know how people talk about actors. So pag ako yung nasa harap ng camera, inisip ko, ‘Anong sabi ng producers, ng directors? Sana happy sila.’ Actually dun ako na-pe-pressure
“In terms of my mom, generous siya to a limit so I work hard. We’ve never worked together. That’s my dream. Sana we work together someday. Sana malapit na,” she added.
Watch the iWantTFC series Misis Piggy starring Sylvia Sanchez, Ricky Davao, Ria Atayde, Elijah Canlas, Iana Bernardez, Rubi Rubi, Fino Herrera, Kyle Velino, and Nikko Natividad. Written and directed by Carlo Catu.