Erich Gonzales plays challenging triplets role in 'The Blood Sisters'
MANILA, Philippines – Erich Gonzales is gearing up for her sexiest and most challenging role to date: playing triplets in the primetime series The Blood Sisters.
“Pinaka-challenging, pinaka-daring, pinakamahirap sa lahat
(It's the most challenging, the most daring, and the hardest of all [soaps]),” Erich said during the press conference for her new show.
“Kumbaga, ito ‘yung dream project so talagang wala na tayong ititira sa sarili natin. Talagang let’s give it all (In other words, this is the dream project, so we did not leave anything anymore for ourselves. Let's give it all)," she added.
The Blood Sisters takes over Wildflower’s time slot. It tells the story of triplets Erika, Carrie, and Agatha who got separated after their parents’ agreement with the surrogate mother fell through.
The siblings end up with very different lives. Erika becomes a single mom working as a strip dancer to provide for her son. Carrie is an infertility specialist while Agatha is a rebel, willing to do just about anything to get her way.
“Mahirap kung sa mahirap because imagine in one day kailangan mo magpalit palit ng characters. Sa isang eksena, magkakasama silang tatlo, change makeup ka iba naman damit, lahat, and more than that kailangan alam mo talaga ‘yung puso ng lahat ng characters.”
(it's really hard because imagine in one day, you need to change characters immediately. In one scene, the 3 of them are together, change makeup, different clothes, everything, and more than that, you need to know by heart all the characters.)
In 1999, Claudine Barretto played triplets in the primetime series Saan Ka Man Narooon. While stories about twins are quite common, The Blood Sisters is only the second TV series to have an actress take on 3 different roles. According to Erich, Claudine, whom she fondly calls “Mama Pretty,” gave her a few tips when she found out about her new project.
“In one of our dinners na kuwento lang niya na, ‘O exciting ito but make sure…‘wag mo kalimutan, stay sane. ‘Wag masyado i-push ‘yung sarili. If you feel like, ‘di mo na ‘to kayang gawin [take a break]. Kasi ako hangga’t ‘di pa bumibigay ‘yung katawan ko go lang ako nang go,” she said.
(In one of our dinners she shared, 'O this is exciting but make sure...don't forget, stay sane. Don't push yourself too much. If you feel like you can't do it [take a break]. Because until my body is able, I just keep on going.)
Although the role is on the risqué side, Erich revealed that there was no hesitation on her end. Being in showbiz for 13 years, the actress shared that she’s done playing “teeny bopper” roles and is eager to show her versatility as an actress.
“Ako kasi, kapag may nagawa nang isang proyekto, as much as possible, ayaw mo na paulit-ulit, ‘di ba? Graduate na tayo sa pebebe roles or pa-cute roles or kung anumang teeny bopper, patweetums. May variation naman and gusto natin na may mapakitang iba naman sa audience natin,” she said.
(In my case, when I do a project, as much as possible I don't want to do the same roles over and over again, right? I've graduated from cutesy roles or teeny bopper, sweet roles. I want variation and I want to show our audience a different side.)
On accepting sexier, daring roles
Erich has always been proud of her body. Recently, the actress went topless on the cover of Rogue, wearing nothing but a smile and a pair of trousers.
“Nasa right age naman na po tayo and I feel like it’s the right time. I’m not getting any younger and sabi ko nga, nasa point na ‘ko ng buhay ko na, I want to do everything now ‘cause if not, kailan pa? So pinaghandaan naman po natin ‘yun.”
(I'm at the age already and I feel like it's the right time. I'm not getting any younger and as I said, I'm at that point in my life that I want to do everything now 'cause if not now, when? So we're preparing for that.)
To prepare for the shoot, Erich said she had regular workout sessions with celebrity trainer Bok Santos.
When it comes to these types of shoots, Erich shared that it’s important to have complete trust in the people you’re working with. She also sees to it that her opinions are valued on set, adding that she only does poses she’s comfortable with.
“Just like Tanduay, may voice ako. Hindi lang ‘yung kung ano ‘yung concept nila. May say din tayo na siyempre kung ‘di ka naman comfortable sa ganun bakit mo ipipilit? It’s just gonna look awkward or bad. For me, for as long as ‘yung concept na pine-present sa’kin okay naman and comfortable naman tayo gawin ‘yun at makikita mo naman na walang masama.”
(Just like in the Tanduay [shoot], I have a voice. it's not just their concept. I have a say. Of course, if you're not comfortable, why would you force it? It's just gonna look awakward or bad. For me, for as long as the concept presented to me is okay and I'm comfortable doing it, and you can see that there's nothing wrong with it.)
The Blood Sisters premieres February 12. – Rappler.com