By Manila P. Santos
In a visit to the I Love Betty La Fea set yesterday, August 20, Ruffa Gutierrez admitted to ABS-CBN.com that she is scared of how loyal Bea Alonzo fans will react to her role as Daniella, Bea’s domineering boss. "When I was first offered this role, naisip ko, ayoko maging kontrabida. Kasi nakakatakot. Baka batuhin ako ng mga fans ni Bea ng kamatis!" she says.
The former beauty queen is also very much excited to show off her colorful character. "My character is really fun to portray. Buti na lang funny siya at hindi naman masyadong kontrabida. There’s a reason why my character has this kind of attitude, so I thought I might as well play with it na. Naisip ko gagalingan ko na and I’m going to give my 200%. Hindi ko dapat gawing soft yung character kasi hindi naman talaga siya soft. I decided to just give my all and just own the character not just through the clothes she wears pero pati na rin sa actions and mannerisms niya," she shares.
Ruffa also went through a one-on-one acting workshop with Director Laurice Guillen to prepare for the role of the feisty Daniella. "Compulsory naman sa lahat ng cast na mag-workshop pero humingi din ako ng one-on-one with Direk Laurice kasi matagal na din akong hindi nag-drama. Gusto ko talaga mapaghusayan yung role ko. Gusto ko talaga pag-aralan para at least naman mapansion ang akingPara naman maganda yung feedback. I’m receptive to that so I’m really happy na pumayag sitalagang masaya. Maganda yung mga ginawa namin na in-apply ko na. Alam nyo naman ako in real life, masyado akong mabait kaya mahirap sa akin ang laging galit," she shares. acting. Direk Laurice, especially with her hectic schedule and
Ruffa also comes to her character’s defense by saying that Daniella isn’t your typical teleserye villain. "Well she’s not the mean type na nangbubugbog or nang-aapi. Galit siya sa mga tao. Pero galit siya for a reason. Malalaman ng mga tao yun through her past," she explains.
When it comes to similarities, Ruffa says she and Daniella do have one common denominator. "I’m a character here na sort of like in real life, walang love life (laughs). Ang daming ibang focus. So there’s no time to be lonely. I just feel that I’m blessed. Siguro ngayon career ko naman ang bigyan ko ng pansin. Kasi naman for years andun ako sa Istanbul, puro pag-ibig at pamilya ang binigyan ko ng pansin. So ngayon naman ang mga anak at ang job ko," she stresses.
The doting mother of two has been working hard lately, taking care of her daughters Lorin and Venice while taping all day for the series. "Today I have 25 sequences, so it’s really difficult. We have to come in really early and finish early morning na. Pero nag-e-enjoy naman ako and so far so good," she admits.
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