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Rhian Ramos takes on another acting adventure in the GMA legal drama

Jerry Donato - The Philippine Star
Rhian Ramos takes on another acting adventure in the GMA legal drama
Throughout her career and through her craft, Rhian has been given the privilege and the possibility to live in someone else’s life. In Artikulo 247, she plays the aspiringcareer woman Jane Ortega, who will get involved with a married man.
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Acting has gifted Rhian Ramos with the profession and privilege to play everywoman through her roles. She considers her career and craft an “adventure” once the taping of scenes begins and once the actress “embodies” a character.

This keeps Rhian committed to be part of a writer’s narrative and director’s mise-en-scéne, and to work in diverse projects.

“I’m happy to do drama, comedy and fantasy serye or anything,” said the Kapuso actress in a recent one-on-one, via Zoom, with The Philippine STAR. “What I have noticed is, after doing a project (with a specific genre), in my next one, I look for something different. I don’t want my audience to see me doing the same roles and there’s the danger of getting myself typecast.”

Rhian with Mark Herras, Benjamin Alves, Artikulo 247 director Jorron Lee Monroy, Mike Tan and Kris Benal.

Following Rhian’s train of thought, one may say that revisiting the same emotion or doing two consecutive and almost-the-same roles — without a break — is physically exhausting for her. It will take a toll on an actor’s performance. That’s why if she was seen as a submissive woman in a previous show, Rhian could take on an empowered one or a never-before-essayed role in a forthcoming project. This also enriches Rhian’s knowledge about life and people.

As an actress, Rhian gets to live in someone else’s life, which she finds a unique experience. “Na-experience ko tuloy na maging accountant at maging fashion designer, (among many other roles I have played),” said she. “It makes my life so rich in so many different kinds of experiences.” That’s why she enjoys acting because “I feel it’s like an adventure,” said Rhian, “When I’m acting, everything is possible.” It is the possibility to explore different facets of a woman’s life.

The adventure of acting commences when, according to Rhian, actors study the characters which also require them “to think in a different way,” and to be empathetic.

“Dapat walang klaseng tao na hindi mo kayang intindihin,” said she, “kahit yung character mo… na kahit gagawa siya ng mali, dapat naiintindihan mo siya bakit niya ginawa (yon). It gives you the experience and ability to remove your judgement about a certain kind of person.”

With that, Rhian smoothly stepped into her aspiring career-woman character named Jane Ortega, who will get involved in a married man, in the legal drama Artikulo 247. The latter premieres today after Little Princess on GMA Afternoon Prime.

“This particular character, parang nasa gitna siya,” recalled she. “Ayaw niyang tinatapaktapakan siya, pero she also tries her best to cater to people around her, like her loved ones (She doesn’t want to be ‘trampled on,’ but she also tries her best to please people around her).”

Her character’s decision-making will be under scrutiny of audiences, shared Rhian. “Minsan tama siya, minsan mali (She sometimes stands on the right side or bad side of things). We will see Jane parang starting to fight for what she thinks is right, pero magsisimula lahat yun dahil din sa isang pagkakamali.”

This is complemented by the flow of the story and the premise, which Rhian described as “parang something beautiful can come out from something what you would think is wrong and ugly.” As the TV series title suggests, Jane and the rest of the characters (played by Benjamin Alves, Mark Herras, Mike Tan and Kris Bernal) will, in one way or another, get entangled with the law that involves life and illicit affairs. Some characters may experience a sudden and strong emotion like anger or hatred.

“These are things that I won’t experience in real life,” shared Rhian, “kung paano ba ma-in-love sa taong may asawa na, paano ba maka-experience ng ganun kataas na galit o hate para sa isang tao. These are feelings or situations that we often try to avoid in real life.”

The actress added that “the acting style and the writing style” for a primetime evening and afternoon series are different since each caters to different audiences. Rhian had to remind herself about it and relearn again for this project.

“The best way, for me, is I need a five- to 10-minute break na wala muna akong (kausap) kesa may mali pa akong masabi,” said Rhian of handling a situation when emotions run high. “The handling of (anger) varies from person to person. Some people want to handle it now and I’m the kind of person who doesn’t want to talk kapag mataas yung emosyon.” She added that being mindful has been given the space it deserves in people’s discussions, “(It) means naiintindihan mo yung pinagdadaanan mo at yung mga emotion na nararamdaman mo.” Through it, one can control one’s behavior.

In life, people need to pause for a while to clear their mind and recharge. Rhian did this in 2019 when she spent six months living alone in New York, plus a couple of months being away from the klieg lights as preparation for this breather.

“It’s always a dream of mine before to live in a county for a few months and just kind of experience that whole life of doing everything for yourself,” shared she,“ikaw mismo yung mag-alaga sa sarili mo.” This was a well-deserved me-time for Rhian after three years of focusing on her career, taping a TV series three to four times a week and shooting a film two to three times a week.

“Pero inin-joy ko siya eh (I did enjoy it), so it really depends (on the person), you just have to listen to yourself like what are you hungry for, and then, do that,” said she. “If you have all that energy and really are in a position to just work on your career, kasi lahat naman din nyon ginagawa mo para din sa sarili mo. Even if you’re so busy, you feel like you’re taking care of yourself kasi you’re doing things to achieve your own dreams. There are just some times also when I’m listening to myself, the wellness of my mind and body, minsan sinasabi niya na ‘Magpahinga ka, pagod ka.’ Ginagawa ko din yun.”

The thespian in Rhian knows well when to work, chase a dream and stop and smell the roses.  While taking a break from the lock-in Artikulo 247 taping, Rhian had the time to shoot some scenes for the action-mystery film, titled Crossover. Her character is a police woman with special abilities to feel and see future events. This is another acting adventure Rhian would love to share with viewers soon after her GMA afternoon TV series.

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