One moment she was giggling, then she was suddenly in tears.
Young actress Kris Bernal was clearly overwhelmed by sharing the stage—and a new drama series—with Philippine show business’ one and only Superstar Nora Aunor, when she broke down and related her experience working in Little Nanay at a press conference this past week.
The 26-year-old Starstruck discovery of GMA Network started out her interview in character for her role as Tinay in the series—a young lady with the mental age of nine years old—and was playful and chirpy.
Just as quickly as her antics made her giggle, Kris began sobbing as she revealed how scared she was over the last few weeks of taping, thinking she would be taken out of the show at any time.
“Naiiyak ako kasi po, kinakabahan ako,” she struggled between sobs. “Kasi una po, hindi ko akalain na makakatrabaho ko si Ms. Nora Aunor at si Sir Eddie Garcia . . .
“Sa totoo lang, yung mga pinagdaanan ko po sa show, nakailang screen test po ako.
Sinubukan ko kung kaya ko ba talagang gawin yung role at hindi ko na alam kung ano ang gagawin ko—ano ba ang tamang arte, ano ba ang tamang deliver[y]to the point na feeling ko, babawiin na sa akin ang show kasi hindi ko siya magawa nang maayos.”
Getting into grips with her fears Kris said she took to watching movies that showed
Hollywood actors tacking intellectually challenged roles such as those of Juliette Lewis in The Other Sister (1999), and Sean Penn’s I Am Sam.
As Aunor looked kindly on her co-actor, Kris eventually uttered, “Pero thank you po. Thank you po at hindi niyo po binawi,” turning toward GMA Network executives Lilybeth Rasonable and Reggie Magno, as well as Little Nanay’s director Ricky Davao.
Kris plays the granddaughter of a rocker grandmother in Nora Aunor’s Lola Annie. She is raped by a playmate, and eventually gives birth to a baby girl. With the help of her grandmother, Tinay raises her daughter Chie-Chie (Chlaui Malayao), who also becomes a “Little Nanay” as she reciprocates the care of her childlike mother.
Besides these three generation of actresses, Little Nanay’s cast is also led by Eddie Garcia, with Bembol Roco, Mark Herras, Juancho Triviño, Keempee de Leon, Gladys Reyes, Winwyn Marquez, Hiro Peralta, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Jinri Park, Paolo Contis, Renz Fernandez, and Sunshine Dizon.
The show premieres on November 16 on GMA Network replacing My Faithful Husband.