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Gretchen Barretto: ‘Naudlot ang career ko!’
By Bernie Franco
Controversial actress and fashion icon Gretchen Barretto recently confessed that she really had no plans of quitting show biz years ago. It somehow just happened. During the press conference for her upcoming Maalaala Mo Kaya episode, Gretchen voiced out her intention of reclaiming her spot in the show biz acting arena.
“Naudlot kasi yung career ko. I wasn’t prepared to quit,” she began. “Kaya ngayon, sinubukan ko na yung singing at gusto kong subukan ang drama at makita kung ano ang kaya kong gawin. Gusto kong bumalik ng show business
She was also very vocal in saying that she accepted her latest MMK project not for the money but because of her craft. As a matter of fact, a good script is her main requirement before accepting any acting job. “Yun talaga ang hinahanap ko. Sa tagal ko na rin sa showbiz, ang gusto ko ngayon yung maipakita na hindi lang naman ako pang-fashionista or maarte lang o bratty lang. Gusto kong maipakita na deserving talaga rin ako dito sa show business,” she says.
Although Gretchen did an MMK episode 15 years ago, she considers her stint on the show more memorable this time around. She shared that she is more focused on her acting now, unlike before when her main thought was always just getting the job over and done with. Gretchen will be portraying a role of a politician’s mistress, who will go through stages of poverty and suffering. Her character is deglamorized, very different from the Gretchen who’s always clad in designer clothes and accessories.
The actress revealed that she struggled with one of her lines in the episode, about worrying for her family’s meal the next day. She felt that she would not sound convincing and found inspiration in her favorite hobby, shopping. “Pinakamahirap yung scene na sinabi kong, ‘Pano bukas? Anong kakainin natin?’ Tapos yung iniisip ko, ‘Ano yung sasabihin ko?’” Gretchen shared with humor. “Hindi ko naman pinoproblema ang pagkain talaga di ba? Pinoproblema ko damit (designer clothes), mga ganon. Ang inisip ko, ‘Pano ako magsho-shopping?’ Kaya feel na feel ko. Anong pambili ko ng bag, parang ganon. Dun ako nag-panic, sa eksenang yon. Hindi sa iyak.”
Gretchen’s episode will premiere on MMK’s new timeslot, Saturdays after