Bea Alonzo and Carla Abellana, who are set to topbill GMA Network’s newest murder mystery drama “Widows’ War,” acknowledged the fact that portraying a character in a relatively unfamiliar genre is bound to be a challenging process. For Carla, her dual role in “Stolen Lives” helped so much, while Bea thinks that the entire creative team’s involvement made a lot of difference.

Bea and Carla, co-lead stars in the July 1-premiering “Widows’ War,” are deservingly known as the Box-Office Queen and the Primetime Goddess, respectively, because of their undeniable onscreen prowess. Still, having to learn a new genre as they play Sam and George in the newest GMA Prime series offered fresh and interesting insights into their acting journey.

“Very different ito. Although I did a soap (“Stolen Lives”), so in a way feel ko naging stepping stone yun kasi matapang din yung isa kong character doon,” Carla said during the show’s grand media conference. Described by Bea as a “gentle soul,” the 38-year-old Kapuso actress believes that their personality differences were the reason why it was quite a task.

“Malayo. Ibang-iba dito si George, somehow nahihirapan ako maka-relate sakanya. She’s ambitious and she will do anything and everything to get what she wants. Pagdating sa pamilya gagawin nya ang lahat kahit na mali. So iba, kaya mahirap po sa akin makarelate sakanya,” she added.

Alonzo, meanwhile, was thankful for the deep involvement of the creative team led by award-winning director Zig Dulay, and such a talented pool of co-stars.

“I think ang malaking tulong dito is the creative team, and our director. Sla talaga yung nagbubukas sa amin, kasi acting is just really reacting. And I am very really lucky that I have these actors and actresses with me,” the Box Office Queen said. 

As for her internalization process, the 36-year-old Kapuso actress capitalized on her already proven-and-tested creative discipline.

“Iba yung genre nito compared sa lahat ng nagawa ko but i guess the process was the same for me, pinaguusapan nga namin kanina ni direk  yung as actors we are also storytellers, so lahat ng emosyon nanggagaling from a place of truth within ourselves,” Bea explained. 

She believes that the process by which she manifests herself as an actress is almost always the same for any role that she plays, as all fictional characters share the same characteristic of being complex and imperfect.

“Lahat tayo hindi naman perfect, may kabutihan at kasamaan, may mga bagay that ticks us off. But somehow bilang artista kinukuha mo yung maliliit na bagay na yun at minamagnify mo. So the process is the same for me as doing drama or horror. Different genre, but the process is the same,” Alonzo added. 

“Widows’ War” is the Kapuso network’s newest murder mystery drama scheduled to make its world premiere on GMA Prime on Monday, July 1 at 8:50 PM.