As ABC-CBN fittingly unveils its grand adaptation of the Mars Ravelo classic Dyesebel this International Women’s Month, lead star Anne Curtis expressed hope that her portrayal of the iconic Filipino komiks character will inspire self-acceptance, especially among its young female viewers.
Aware of the pressures of growing up and fitting in, the 29-year-old actress told The Manila Times that the beautiful mermaid’s story is hinged on her journey toward embracing who she is amid the very different world of human beings.
“Dyesebel’s inspiration is about accepting who you are, outside and in, so that you can share your true being with others,” Anne related at the show’s grand press conference on Thursday night at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater. “Only then will you be able to share your love with others.”
Honored to be chosen as the ninth Dyesebel in Philippine showbiz history after Edna Luna (1953), Eva Montes (1964), Vilma Santos (1973), Alma Moreno (1978), Alice Dixson (1990), Charlene Gonzales (1996) and Marian Rivera (2008), Anne had repeatedly promised to give the sought after role her best since the show’s cast announcement was made in January.
For not only does she have the huge responsibility of delivering a performance worthy of this stellar clique, but she is also indebted to a public who voted for her to be this generation’s Dyesebel in a market research previously conducted by ABS-CBN.
Indeed, despite her recent run-ins with controversy, Anne remains to be the Philippines’ sweetheart, and she is bent on taking the privilege seriously.
To begin with, Anne’s Dyesebel looks the most “realistic” mermaid to date, with the actress agreeing to barely cover her breasts with the same material used on her magnificent terra cotta tail.
“Like I promised, my Dyesebel will be the iconic Dyesebel in every aspect,” she reiterated. “So pati yung costume ko, as realistic as possible. Hindi shells ang gamit ko tulad ng dati o kaya buhok na nakadikit sa dibdib kahit na anong langoy pa ang gawin ni Dyesebel.”
She also trained with the Philippine Mermaid Academy to perfect her fin swimming for the many underwater scenes she has to endure.
“Hindi mahirap!” she good naturedly mocked herself.
Acting-wise, Dreamscape Entertainment Television (ABS-CBN’s creative partner) gave her no less than two directors Don Cuaresma (Ina, Kapatid, Anak) and Francis Pasion (Juan dela Cruz) to guide her; and a powerhouse cast to motivate and complement her in Dawn Zulueta, Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson, Gabby Concepcion, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Andi Eigenmann, Gina Pareño, Albert Martinez, Eula Valdez and Ai Ai delas Alas.
Asked how she felt as the dynamite production nears its premiere on Monday, Anne emotionally replied, “Sobra po akong grateful more than anything to be in this position. Hindi ko ine-expect itong napakalaking blessing na ito, kaya hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala at paniniwala na ibinigay ng tao sa akin.”
Dyesebel begins airing weeknights on March 17 on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.
For more information visit the show’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/Dyesebel_TV and Twitter.com/Dyesebel_TV.