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Ka­puso ac­tress Glaiza de Cas­tro ad­mit­ted that ev­ery sin­gle thing she does for her new­est soap, “Contessa,” is re­ally test­ing her.

She noted that “Ev­ery­thing in this show is chal­leng­ing.”

While speak­ing with the Davao en­ter­tain­ment press last March 7 at New Asia Restau­rant, the 30-year-old singer-ac­tress shared that do­ing “Contessa” is both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally chal­leng­ing.

She added that that this is the most dra­matic role she has ever por­trayed in her al­most two decades in the Philip­pine en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

The fact that this is heavy drama, Glaiza ex­plained that she needs to mo­ti­vate her­self to ex­hibit the deep­est of emo­tions.

“Pag­dat­ing sa emo­tional re­quire­ment ng show, may act­ing coach kami sa set,” she re­vealed.

Mean­while, Jak Roberto, who plays Glaiza’s best­friend in the show, said that the mo­ment he re­ceived the script, he im­me­di­ately knew that in­cred­i­ble act­ing skill is surely re­quired of him.

“Nang ib­ini­gay sa’kin ang role, sabi ko pa: ‘Ak­tin­gan ‘to,’” he said. “So­brang naoover­whelm ako kasi ang mga kaek­sena ko rito ay na­pa­panood ko lang dati.”

The up­com­ing af­ter­noon soap will in­tro­duce Glaiza as Beatrice “Bea” Resurec­cion, who would even­tu­ally be­come Contessa as she seeks re­venge on those who took ev­ery­thing and every­one she loved aways from her. The story would evolve af­ter she will be put be­hind bars for a crime she never com­mit­ted.

Jak, on the other hand, is San­ti­ago “Jong” Gen­eroso, Jr. Al­though she is Bea’s most re­li­able buddy, he is ac­tu­ally hid­ing his real feel­ings for her. In fact, he is se­cretly hop­ing that she will love him back.

Adding to the in­ter­st­ing plot of “Contessa” are: Ge­off Ei­gen­mann as Gabriel Ca­ballero, Glaiza’s lead­ing man; Gabby Ei­gen­mann as Vito Im­pe­rial, a pow­er­ful and in­flu­en­tial man with some il­le­gal busi­ness deal­ings; Lau­ren Young as Daniella Im­pe­rial, the self-en­ti­tled, so­phis­ti­cated head of Em­pire Pub­lish­ing Group; and Mark Her­ras as Marco Ca­ballero, a good-look­ing, in­tel­li­gent writer and the long-time boyfriend of Bea who gets mur­dered.

Apart from them, two of the coun­try’s well-loved vet­eran ac­tresses are also part of GMA Net­work’s orig­i­nal se­ries. Chanda Romero is Char­ito Castillo-Im­pe­rial, the ma­nip­u­la­tive mother of Daniella and Vito; and Techie Ag­bayani, the mys­te­ri­ous and rich pris­oner Guada Ven­ganza.

“Contessa” will pre­miere on March 19 on GMA’s Af­ter­noon Prime block, right af­ter “Eat Bu­laga.” ### For com­ments and sug­ges­tions, please feel free to reach me at men­doza.jen­ny­grace@gmail.com.

PHOTO BY JOICE C. CUDIS

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