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Gretchen Barretto says ‘no’ to kissing scenes
By MJ Felipe
Last July 19, the longest running drama anthology on television, Maalala Mo Kaya, premiered in its new timeslot with Gretchen Barretto in the lead role. She played the mistress to a mayor played by Philip Salvador. Philip also happened to be her co-star when she last appeared in MMK more than a decade ago.
La Greta’s comeback television performance got mixed reviews, but a majority of audiences were impressed with how she took on the role. Sister Claudine was surprised with what she saw. "I'm so proud of her. Nung nakita ko pa lang yung teaser sa TV, ay naku alam ko na talaga [na maganda]," said Claudine.
She added, "Before yung movies niya hindi pa gaanoong kabigat. Hindi pa siya nabigyan ng pagkakataon na mailabas yung talagang talent niya in acting… I always tell her, ‘Gretch, kailangan mong mag-workshop,’ kasi parang siyempre ninerbyos siya. ‘Ang tagal mo nang hindi umarte sa TV or sa pelikula.’ Nandiyan pa rin yung talent niya. Si Gretchen naman, ‘pag sinabi mo sa kanya, nacha-challenge naman siya." Gretchen has the same faith in Claudine’s talents, saying she wouldn’t mind doing a movie with her younger sister.
After making a successful TV comeback, rumor has it that a movie with Star Cinema for Gretchen is underway. She shared, "Pinag-uusapan naman namin ngayon yung pelikula. So, yun ang susunod na ihahandog ko sa publiko." Asked if the movie will possibly have her reunite with Senator Bong Revilla, she replied, "Hindi pa namin napag-uusapan kung kanino, pero siyempre under Star Cinema."
Does she have any leading man in mind? "Ang gusto ko kasi munang makita ay yung istorya. And then malalaman natin kung sino ang magaling na i-cast doon. Kasi ayoko namang mamili ng leading man tapos pipiliin ang istorya. Ayoko na rin ng movie na pa-cute cute, mas mature na ngayon. Pero love story pa rin ang gusto ko." Is she open to any kissing scene since she favors a love story? "Maraming magagalit. Maraming umaalma kapag may kissing scene."