April 11 2013
One of the freshest faces on television, Kim Rodriguez has captivated viewers with her charm in Tween Hearts and the Philippine version of Coffee Prince. The 2012 PMPC Star Awards “New Movie Actress of the Year” now gets her biggest break as she topbills the newest Afternoon Prime series on GMA, Kakambal ni Eliana.
The series revolves around the life of Eliana, a girl who was born with a snake attached to her back. The reptile wraps itself around her hand every time she experience extreme emotions like sadness or anger. She spends her life hidden in a basement, until she manages to get away. In the process, she strives to find out the truth about herself and her family.
In the outside world, she meets new friends and two of them, Gabo (played by Kristoffer Martin) and Julian (played by Enzo Pineda) fall in love with her. Gabo is a street-smart lad who accepts Eliana for who she is, while Julian is a fashion photographer who is bewildered by Eliana’s beauty, not knowing that she has a snake twin. However, she also meets her rival, Margarita (played by Lexi Fernandez), who is Julian’s model-girlfriend.
The fantasy series also features Jomari Yllana, Antonio Aquitania, Sheriyn Reyes, Chynna Ortaleza and Jean Garcia. Completing the star-studded cast are Leo Martinez, Carmen Soriano, Eva Darren, Carlene Aguilar and Jay-R.
GMANetwork.com caught up with the stars of the newest GMA Afternoon Prime series at the Kakambal ni Eliana Press Conference held ast April 10.
Kim Rodriguez shared that she is still in disbelief that she is finally being launched as a Kapuso lead actress through the upcoming afternoon drama. “Sobrang saya ko po…Naiiyak ako sa sobrang tuwa ko. Hindi ako makapaniwala na ako na ‘to, ako na po ‘yung nasa billboard, na ako na po ‘yung lead role,” shared Kim.
Jean Garcia, who plays Eliana’s estranged mother, Isabel was all praises for Kim. “Very telegenic [si Kim], at magaling siyang umarte. Nararamdaman mo siya, so ako, malaki po ang tiwala ko na malaki ang potential ng batang ito,” she said.
Kakambal ni Eliana’s director, Dick Lindayag is also very impressed with Kim. “So far, nagagampanan niya ‘yung role niya nang tama, at lahat ng emotional scenes, nagagawa rin niya. Hindi madali ‘yung pag-arte kasama ang tunay na ahas. ‘Yun ‘yung isa pang challenge na ginagawa ni Kim na extraordinary for her role here sa Kakambal ni Eliana,” explained the talented director.
When asked how it was working with snakes, Kim Rodriguez stated, “Nung una po, takot po talaga ako sa ahas, pero kailangan ko pong ipakita sa manonood na kasama ko po lumaki ‘yung ahas, tapos nawala na po ‘yung takot ko nung nagsimula na po ‘yung Kakambal ni Eliana.”
Kristoffer added, “Ngayon hinahanap ko na sa set [iyong mga ahas]. Lagi rin naming nilalaro. Nakaka-relax siya, actually.”
Enzo shared a similar sentiment. “Tama si Kristoffer. Tinuruan din po kami kung paano humawak ng ahas. Actually, sa workshop, kaming dalawa ni Kristoffer ‘yung may hawak ng ahas, tapos may monologue kami. Kumportable na kami sa ahas.”
What will become of Eliana’s fate? Find out by watching Kakambal ni Eliana on GMA Afternoon Prime starting April 15. -- Text by Samantha Portillo, GMANetwork.com