By Chuck Smith, For Yahoo! Southeast Asia Friday February 11, 2011 01:57 am PST
Barbie Forteza has gotten her fair share of intrigues ever since she became one of the GMA-7’s tween “royalties,” thanks to her hit shows such as the Sunday afternoon show “Tween Hearts.”
But with recent reports that she and onscreen partner Joshua Dionisio asked the Kapuso management to remove “Tween Hearts” co-star Kristoffer Martin from the cast of their new afternoon soap, even the young actress has to admit that the intrigues she’s involved in are getting more and more negative. While many thought such controversies could affect any actor, especially someone her age, Barbie said the issues do not affect her as long as she knows they are not true.
“Yun nga, lalong lalong gumagrabe yung mga intriga sa akin. Hangga’t may mga naniniwala naman po sa akin, hangga’t may naniniwala pa poo sa akin, hangga’t may sumuporta po sa akin, OK lang po ako,” Barbie said in an interview with the entertainment press during the “Nita Negrita” press conference on Thursday, February 10.
Barbie said they had nothing to do with Kristoffer’s pull out from the afternoon show’s cast and that the cast of “Tween Hearts” remains to be a closely knit group.
“Nagkukulitan lang po kaming lahat sa set (ng ‘Tween Hearts’). Wala pong mga… hindi ko po alam yung mga tanggalan. Saka hindi naman po siguro kami ganun kalakas o hindi naman po namin kayang gawin yun,” she said.
According to Barbie, Kristoffer is the most playful among the “Tween Hearts” boys, next to Joshua.
“Basta kami pong mga ‘Tweens’, pag alam naming di totoo (yung issue), dedma na lang. Ganun naman po kami,” she added.
How did Kristoffer respond to the pull out rumors?
“Wala lang. Ngumiti lang sya, ganun. Kasi alam naman namin na hindi talaga sya totoo,” Barbie said.
Barbie also denied reports that she cried over the negative issues surrounding her new show.
“Hindi naman po, kasi alam ko naman pong hindi totoo yun saka hindi naman ako ganung tao na hindi totoo tapos iiyakan ko pa. Di ba parang non-sense naman yun?” she said.
She added that her mother already told her about the possible consequences of her budding fame.
“Sabi po sa akin ni mama, ‘O, Barbie, simula lang yan ha, sa susunod ibang intriga na yan. Dapat handa ka sa mga ganyan. Basta pag pumasok ka sa showbiz dapat handa ka sa mga intriga.’ Sabi ko, opo.” Barbie explained.
When asked how she’s able to handle the intrigues considering her age, Barbie said: “Yun nga po e, bata pa po ako e kaya hindi ko pa po masyadong sineseryoso yung mga intriga.”
She also acknowledges the fact that bad publicity is still publicity, although it’s a kind of attention she does entirely enjoy.
“In-e-enjoy, kasi maraming nakakabasa, mas lalo akong nakikilala. Hindi, kasi negative. Kahit ganun at least nababasa nila ako,” Barbie said.
Barbie’s first major television project is the primetime show “First Time,” followed by “Pilyang Kerubin.” Still, she doesn’t consider “Nita Negrita,” which will air in GMA-7’s Dramarama afternoon block, as a demotion.
“Hindi ko naman po (iniisip) kung primetime or panghapon. Basta pag may show ako, masaya ako. Kahit po ‘Tween Hearts” lang, masaya na po ako dun. Basta po nakikita ako ng mga fans, di ako nakakalimutan ng fans ko, masaya na ako,” she said.
Already a force to be reckoned with when it comes to acting, how is she able to portray all the dramatic scenes for her soap. In “Nita Negrita,” Barbie will play a dark-skinned girl who gets separated from her mother and is left in the care of an orphanage.
“Depende po kasi sa eksena. Sabi po sa akin ni mama, ‘Hindi magiging natural yung pag-arte mo pag di mo sinasapuso yung eksena. So yun yung ginagawa ko,” Barbie said.
“Nita Negrita” premieres this Monday, February 14.
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