Lorna Tolentino, who stars in the ABS-CBN teleserye Asintado, has made close to a hundred films

Lorna recalls favorite films
DIRECT LINE - Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) - February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

For the first time on the hot seat of Tonight With Boy Abunda a few nights back was Lorna Tolentino who returns to ABS-CBN as part of the drama show Asintado. Lorna gets to play a very mean character, which is new to the actress. Her last drama outing in the Kapamilya network was in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin in 2011.

Lorna’s body of work is brilliant. People best remember the award-winning actress for her excellent drama acting rather than those of her sexy role-playing days.

It did not come easy for Lorna to pick the one film she would like to be remembered for, given the close to a hundred films to her credit. Lorna named three films that she said bring back sweet memories to her. They are Somewhere, which she did with her late husband Rudy Fernandez; Moral, the 1982 box-office hit that earned for her grand slam acting awards; and Narito Ang Puso Ko, in 1992. 

“The film Somewhere is really meaningful for me and Daboy. We were in there together and that was also the time when I had just given birth to Raphael. He was perhaps five months old then and we used to bring him to shootings. And there were a lot of scenes in the movie that we talked about kaya maraming memories sa akin.

Somewhere was ‘really meaningful’ for Lorna and late husband Rudy Fernandez

Moral is second. Lorna mentioned that this Marilou Diaz-Abaya film drastically changed the critics’ perception of her as being a mere sexy star. “That was the time when they said, ‘Ah marunong pala siyang umarte, pwede pala, meron s’yang talent.’ Because before that, I was doing sexy movies nung mga bandang 14 ako, I did Miss Dulce Amor, Ina.

“And of course, Narito Ang Puso Ko kung saan five years akong always nominated. Yes, it was my grandslam for winning all the Best Actress trophies in all award-giving bodies.”

Lorna remains as one of local showbiz’s finest drama actresses. Describing her role as the scheming Miranda in Asintado, Lorna said, “I am so afraid of Miranda. Of all the roles that I’ve done, she is the meanest of all.”

Do you ever wonder if she’s open to finding a new love? Lorna admitted that she no longer gives much thought about it. “Because there are several changes in me, not only my age but I’m also having hormonal changes at iyun na muna ang kailangan kong asikasuhin. Mas okay na yun muna ang iisipin ko rather than having a companion or another person to care about.”

Her granddaughter Tori is giving her much love. “Perhaps, every grandmother feels the same way that I do, ‘yun bang parang anak mo na rin yung apo mo. At my age, I only wish I still have the energy to see my granddaughter doing the things she loves to do. I just wish to still be around by that time.”

For the first time, Lorna did the Fast Talk, in between her infectious laughter.

Text or call?

“Text.”

Instagram? Facebook?

“Instagram.”

Saging? Mansanas?

“Mansanas.”

Bangus? Tilapia?

“Bangus.”

Nora? Vilma?

“Both.”

Younger man? Older man?

“Both.”

Moral, which also stars Sandy Andolong (left) and Gina Alajar, changed critics’ perception of Lorna as ‘mere sexy star’

Sinong mas mataray — Lorna o Miranda?

“Miranda.”

Sino ang mas Mama’s boy — Rap o Renz?

“Both.”

Kulay ng buhay mo ngayon.

“Beige.”

Ugaling namana ni Tori sa ‘yo.

“Performer.”

Kung alak ka ano ka?

“Wine.”

Favorite beach.

“Siargao.”

Narito Ang Puso Ko won for Lorna (with Gabby Concepcion) Best Actress in all award-giving bodies

Oo o hindi, nagparetoke ka na ba?

“Ah hindi pa…hahahaha hindi pa, may plano.”

Lights on? Lights off?

“Lights off.”

Sex or chocolates?

“Chocolates, hahahaha! Dark chocolates.”

Yes or no, does size matter?

“Yes.”

Best time for sex.

“Dios mio, di ko ma-imagine yung sarili ko, hahahaha!”

LORNA TOLENTINO
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