Barbie Forteza topbills GMA 7’s latest primetime series Anak Ni Waray Vs. Anak Ni Biday that is set to air weeknights beginning Monday, Jan. 27.
Barbie bares her acting technique
Bot Glorioso (The Philippine Star) - January 25, 2020 - 12:00am

Ever wonder how Barbie Forteza is able to present an acting performance in a manner that is not repetitive despite the many characters she had portrayed in the past?

The Kapuso actress is once again taking on a new lead role via GMA 7’s latest primetime drama series titled Anak ni Waray Vs. Anak ni Biday that is set to air weeknights beginning Jan. 27. As expected, Barbie is going to plunge into the character with her impressive acting skills.

“It’s heartening and it makes me feel like a newbie (actor) again because it will be my first time to work with such seasoned actors as Dina Bonnevie, Snooky Serna, Celia Rodriguez and Teresa Loyzaga,” said Barbie, who is feeling the excitement more than the pressure of starring in a new Kapuso drama series.

She continued, “Of course, there is pressure on my part. I don’t know when this started but I have this reputation or feeling ba na parang kailangan laging maganda dapat or my show always has to do well. It’s a good thing that all the projects I’ve done, they were presented with different flavors and they turned out so well due to the combined efforts of the actors and directors.”

With direk Mark dela Cruz (second from left) and co-stars (from left) Migo Adecer, Jay Manalo, Dina Bonnevie, Snooky Serna, Celia Rodriguez, Kate Valdez, Tanya Montenegro, Faith da Silva, Teresa Loyzaga, Jean Saburit and Benedict Cua

Her acting awards also serve as good motivation to excel in her next onscreen projects. “Those (awards) inspire me to show what more I can do during a scene. Honestly, I know it is a must to memorize my lines. What I don’t really like is to rehearse before the take because I prefer (that my acting will be) as raw, as organic and as natural as possible.”

That way, Barbie is able to create a well-rounded character and present something unexpected yet true to the scene. “I just don’t really prepare for a scene, I just let the emotions come out naturally and I just go for it.”

No wonder, Dina has nothing but praises for Barbie at a media gathering held recently. According to her, Barbie never comes to the set without studying the script and memorizing her lines.

“It’s the only preparation that I do ­— to read the script and read it well. And I read not just my scenes but the whole script na kahit hindi ako kasama sa eksena because once I read it and come to the set, bahala na si Batman kung paano ko siya gagawin and through that (improv) technique, natural feeling ang talagang nakikita din sa screen. So, I think ‘yun ‘yung parang magic sa akin.”

In Anak ni Waray Vs. Anak ni Biday, Barbie portrays Ginalyn, a Waray lass from Leyte who saves the Ilocana tourist Caitlyn (Kate Valdez) from falling off the San Juanico bridge. They hit it off well and become friends without knowing that their mothers, Amy (Snooky) and Sussie (Dina), are mortal enemies. The two will later on find out that they are actually half-sisters as both their moms fell in love with the same man named Joaquin (Jay Manalo).

Barbie shared that she took classes to learn to speak Waray and also had a familiarity workshop with Kate “for us to get to know each other better and to work together comfortably in every scene. We are close friends now.”

(Directed by Mark dela Cruz, Anak Ni Waray Vs. Anak Ni Biday also stars Tanya Montenegro, Jean Saburit, Faith da Silva, Migo Adecer and Benedict Cua, with the special participation of Lovi Poe, Max Collins and Jason Abalos as the young Sussie, Amy and Joaquin, respectively, Yanna Asistio, Mike “Pekto” Nacua, Pinky Amador and Franco Gray Nerona.)

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