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Barbie Forteza: How do I know that I am in love? When I can’t get him out of my mind; when I cannot wait to see him again and I daydream of the last time we were together. Oh, how my day brightens up whenever I see him.

Although they appear to be sweet on TV (in the GMA soap Meant To Be in which they starred with Jak Roberto, Addy Raj and Ivan Dorschner) and in Regal Films’ This Time I’ll Be Sweeter (TTIBS, must be inspired by the Angela Bofill hit song), their first movie together, Barbie Forteza and Ken Chan (KenBie)  don’t try to fool movie fans into believing that they are “sweet/sweeter” in real life. Neither do they admit if their “sweetness” is exclusively for somebody else.

“But I’ve always been a fan of Barbie’s,” admitted Ken who rose to fame by playing a transwoman in the GMA soap Destiny Rose. “When I was just starting in the business, I looked forward to working with her.”

The admiration is mutual, according to Barbie who ranks ahead of her contemporaries by winning Best Actress (for Laut) at the 36th Fantasporto International Film Festival (FIFF) in Portugal and proving herself also in comedy (Sunday Pinasaya in which she’s a riot mimicking a TV host).

She can pull a hugot line without blinking, such as “Dalawang beses mo na akong sinaktan; sobrang tanga ko na kung gagawin ko pang tatlo, di ba?” in a scene in TTIBS.

To explain the title: Barbie and Ken play classmates in college.

He breaks her heart not once but twice, and swears to be, uhm, sweeter the third time around.

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“I had fun working with these kids,” said director Joel Lamangan.

Showing nationwide starting on Wednesday, Nov. 8, TTIBS also stars Thea Tolentino (as the third wheel), Ara Mina, Rey Abellana, Neil Ryan Sese, Yayo Aguila, Kim Rodriguez, Hiro Peralta, Akihiro Blanco, Jai Agpangan, Kaki Ramirez, Fiona Yang and Jon Leo.

Here are Barbie and Ken in separate Conversations:

Barbie

WHO

Who is your inspiration these days?

“My inspiration has always been my family and my fans. Their love and support for me is the reason why I’m here.”

Who do you confide in with your secrets and fears?

“That would be my sister, Ate Abby. My bestfriend. She knows everything about me. She knows me better than myself actually, hahahaha!!!”

Who comes to your mind when you hear the song This Time I’ll Be Sweeter?

“To be honest, direk Joel Lamangan. It used to be a classic song title and now he made it into a beautiful film.”




WHAT

What came to your mind when you faced the mirror this morning?

“For the record, it is Oct. 20 today and we have a mall tour in Bacolod for the movie. All I could think about this morning was the inasal and the cake I was about to eat, hahaha!!!”

What is the best thing that you have done to somebody?

“Before I entered showbiz, my parents worked really hard for me and my sister. Now, it’s my turn to take care of them.”

What were the sweetest words that you have heard about you and from whom?

“A stab, your every tear will be,and every hug, a restraint.Every step away will kill me,an excruciating pain. It wont be ok, believe me, and to you I won’t lie.Complete, I’ll never ever be,without you by my side” — my sister made me a poem for my birthday three years ago. It always makes me break into tears whenever I read it.”





WHERE

Where are you most comfortable?

“At home, of course.”


Where is your Achilles’ heel (sensitive part)?

“My tummy. I don’t like people touching my tummy, hahaha!!!”

Where do you go to unwind?

“At my secret coffee place.”





WHEN

When did you first feel that you were in love?

“I can’t remember when exactly but I was really young and I didn’t even know I was already in love.”

When were the first and last times you said, “I love you!” to somebody?

”A few minutes ago, right before the plane took off.” 


When are you in your best mood?

“After coffee.”

HOW

How do you know that you are in love?

“When I can’t get him out of my mind. When I cannot wait to see him again and daydream of the last time we were together. Oh, how my day brightens up whenever I see him.”


How are you away from the limelight?

“A simple 20-year-old girl who doesn’t like to get out of bed and eats a lot (in bed). A normal person who gets lazy to workout and regrets it the day after. Let’s just say, I’m a normal person with an extraordinary life.”


How do you see yourself 10 years ago and 10 years from now?

“If I could talk to the 10-year-old me, I’d say, ‘I’m very proud of you for not giving up to make your dream come true.’ Ten years from now? I hope I’m ready to settle down. Have my own business and get my own place.”

Ken

WHO

Who is your inspiration these days?

“Family. I am always excited with everything that is happening in my life because I am inspired by the kind of love and support from my family.”

Who do you confide in with your secrets and fears?

“Mama. She knows everything about me. Your mom will love all your flaws and will accept you no matter what. I also go to my personal stylist/confidante, my Nanay Yvonne Camay. She gives me pieces of advice about life and career which I always consider, too.”

Who comes to your mind when you hear the song This Time l’ll Be Sweeter?

“Barbie. We spent months together doing this movie, and the more that I got to know the hardworking and bubbly Barbie Forteza.” 



WHAT

What came to your mind when you faced the mirror this morning?

“
Our movie This Time I’ll Be Sweeter. I hope that the Filipino audience will watch it and appreciate our movie.”

What’s the best thing that you have done to somebody?

“Being a true friend. I am ready to fight for what is right and what is just to a friend. I’ve done that several times in my existence and my friends can vouch for that.”

What were the sweetest words that you’ve heard for you and from whom?

“That I am a good son. My parents told me that so I will always bear that in mind.”



WHERE

Where are you most comfortable?

“My room. Just by staying there doing nothing is a luxury.”

Where’s your Achilles’ heel (sensitive part)?

“My ears, maybe.”

Where do you go to unwind?

“Cold places like Tagaytay and Baguio. Just three months ago, I went to Baguio with my friends.”



WHEN

When did you first feel that you were in love?

“Second year high school. The girl and I are still friends up to now. When I have time, I still attend some gatherings of my old friends and classmates.”

When were the first and last times you said, “I love you!” to somebody?

“The first time was also when I was in second year high school…and the last time was before the end of Destiny Rose to a girl who is so dear to me.”

When are you in your best mood?

“When I get a good sleep. For sure, I will have all the energy to do my work.” 



HOW

How do you know that you are in love?

“When I invited her to hear Mass with me.” 



How are you away from the limelight?

“You mean if I’m not in showbiz? Well, I might be studying; I’d like to finish my schooling. As soon as I get the chance, and with the online schooling nowadays, I am sure I will get a degree.” 



How do you see yourself 10 years ago and 10 years from now?

“Ten years ago, I was daydreaming that I was an actor. Ten years from now? An accomplished businessman and an award-winning actor.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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