• Barbie Forteza stars in ‘maindie’ film

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    Forteza keeps her sweet nature in the ongoing daytime soap, ‘The Half Sisters,’ with Thea Tolentino (left)

    Forteza keeps her sweet nature in the ongoing daytime soap, ‘The Half Sisters,’ with Thea Tolentino (left)

    Tackling a very different character from the charming Diana in the current GMA Network afternoon drama series, The Half Sisters, Barbie Forteza is excited to pull of a surprise in the upcoming mainstream-indie [“maindie”] film #Ewankosau Saranghaeyo.

    In an email to The Manila Times, Barbie revealed she plays the role of a bully in the romantic drama, which also stars former child actor Francis Magundayao, and promising young actors Jon Lucas and Elisse Joson.

    The GMA Artist Center talent breathes life to the character of Calixta “Kai” Luna, a bully feared by her entire school. An avid fan of K-Pop, she usually keeps to herself, and uses her “me time” to express her feelings through painting.

    Barbie went on to say in her email that she enjoyed playing the role as she got to explore another side of her acting skills, tackling emotions she never thought she had in her.

    “Naging challenge sa akin na kinailangan kong matuto ng konting Korean” she added, elaborating on the K-Pop fan in her character. “Siyempre kasi dapat, tama ‘yong pronunciation,” said the breakout 2014 Cinemalaya Best Supporting Actress.

    Working on the film also made her realize that bullies are not intrinsically “bad.”

    “May dahilan kung bakit nagiging bully ang ibang tao. That’s how they get attention, kasi deep inside they feel alone kaya nila nagagawa ‘yun,” she defended. “Besides this, marami pang matutuklasang realidad sa aming pelikula about school and teen-age life.”

    Under the helm of Roman Perez, #Ewankosau Saranghaeyo premieres on January 21 in theaters nationwide.

    Incidentally, Barbie’s afternoon drama series The Half Sisters, where she shares the lead with Thea Tolentino, has emerged No. 1 in its timeslot according to another email from Nielsen, a TV audience measurement service.

    Since its premiere in June 2014, the show has delivered viewer rich Urban Luzon and National Urban Philippines to the network, and is still the top daytime drama show in the country to date.

    Based on household ratings data recorded in National Urban Philippines in December 2014, The Half Sisters scored a rating of 17.8 percent, leading competing network ABS-CBN’s Showtime by 5.9 points.

    The Half Sisters will now air until March with more plot twists to be revealed in the succeeding episodes.

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