A new challenger has ar­rived

Koreen Med­ina Gets the Chance to Be­come the Girl ev­ery­one loves to hate in the aldub tele­serye, des­tined to Be yours

FHM (Philippines) - - VERGE -

Are you wor­ried about the amount of bash­ing you’ll re­ceive from Aldub fans, know­ing how crazy love team fan­doms can be here in the Philip­pines? Aldub is such an es­tab­lished tan­dem that it’s a given if some peo­ple will bash me for the char­ac­ter I will por­tray in the show. But I think if the fans do get an­noyed with my char­ac­ter then I’m prob­a­bly do­ing a good job as a kon­tra­bida, ha ha! How is your char­ac­ter like in the show? My char­ac­ter Mar­jorie Es­co­bar is maldita, ha ha! She’s the daugh­ter of the town mayor where Maine {Men­doza]’s char­ac­ter lives. Mar­jorie’s fam­ily wants to de­velop the town, which would have been a good deed if not at the ex­pense of other peo­ple. Alden is one of the peo­ple Mar­jorie’s fam­ily asked to help ren­o­vate the town. My char­ac­ter falls in love with Alden and tries to se­duce him and make Maine’s life as mis­er­able as pos­si­ble.

Well, it seems like you’re just ask­ing to be bashed by the Aldub Na­tion aren’t you?

Ha ha! I was so scared to act mean at first, so

buti na lang the three of us went to work­shops to­gether. We got closer and more com­fort­able with one an­other. If not for that, play­ing Mar­jorie's char­ac­ter would have been more dif­fi­cult.

How do you get in char­ac­ter?

Nag-o-ob­serve ako ng ibang tao, ibang TV or movie char­ac­ters. Sa kanila ko kinukuha yung mga ges­tures, kung paano sila ma­gre­act in cer­tain sce­nar­ios. That way, mas nabubuo ko yung char­ac­ter ni Mar­jorie. But I have to say magkaiba kami ng per­son­al­ity ni Mar­jorie in real life. Kahit ako, when I get to watch the re­plays of our scenes, naasar din ako min­san sa char­ac­ter ko, ha ha!

Who’s your in­spi­ra­tion in por­tray­ing Mar­jorie?

I binge-watched films with iconic an­tag­o­nists when I learned that I was go­ing to take on the role of Mar­jorie. Out of all of them, I think Regina Ge­orge from Mean Girls prob­a­bly is clos­est to my char­ac­ter. It’s re­ally fun play­ing the kon­tra­bida, kasi parang nailal­abas ko la­hat ng neg­a­tiv­ity.

As aw­ful as Mar­jorie seems, do you think she has re­deem­ing qual­i­ties?

She loves her fam­ily so much she’ll do any­thing for them, kahit may natat­a­pakan na

siyang iba. Now, while I don’t ap­prove of her meth­ods, I ad­mire how pas­sion­ate she is about ac­com­plish­ing her goals, which I think a lot of peo­ple would re­late to.

Do you see any part of your­self in Mar­jorie?

Some­times I find it hard to find some­thing about Mar­jorie I can latch onto. I’ve never had such a great in­fat­u­a­tion for an­other per­son, like the one she has for Alden’s char­ac­ter. But even so, I would still like to grow with the char­ac­ter. I wish I could tell her that she doesn’t have to be­lit­tle other peo­ple to get what she wants. She has to dis­cover her worth as a per­son.

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