Mika dela Cruz gets first lead role in Ka­puso tele­serye; dif­fer­en­ti­ates show from ‘Kam­bal, Karibal’

Mika dela Cruz fi­nally bagged a lead role in a tele­serye two years after she trans­ferred to GMA7.

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She has been cho­sen to play one of the lead ac­tresses in the up­com­ing GMA‐7 drama se­ries, "Kara Mia."

Formerly tled "Dalawang Mukha ni GuadaLupe," Mika will top‐ bill the se­ries along with Bar­bie Forteza.

In a re­cent in­ter­view with PEP.ph (Philip­pine En­ter­tain­ment Por­tal), Mika opened up about her new Ka­puso show.

She said, "So­brang saya ko and ac­tu­ally nag­u­lat ako, nasa show ako na 'Pam­ilya Ro­ces,' 'di ba, ta­pos bigla akong sin­abi­han na may mee ng for a new show.

"So 'di na­man ako nag‐ ex­pect pero nag­u­lat ako na ma­ganda 'yung role, so­brang ganda noong role na bini­gay sa akin."

Ac­cord­ing to Mika, the story is about twins who share one phys­i­cal body. The plot is based on a real case abroad.

"Magshe‐share kami ng one body at saka magshe‐ share kami sa mga love in­ter­ests namin.

"It tack­les 'yung mga folk­lore dito sa ' n sa bansa and very mely 'yung kwento. Magsu‐shoo ng kami sa Ba­colod. So­brang ex­cited ako, so­brang mala­man noong role na nabi­gay sa akin so pagha­han­daan ko siya."

Bar­bie's real‐life boyfriend, Jak Roberto, was named as one of their love in­ter­ests in the story.

At the me of the in­ter­view, Mika said that she doesn't have a lead­ing man yet.

How­ever, it was an­nounced last De­cem­ber 5 that former ABS‐CBN ac­tor Paul Salas will play a ma­jor role in "Kara Mia."

It has not been re­vealed yet if he will play Mika's part­ner, but the two of them al­ready worked as love team in ABS‐CBN's 2015 se­ries, "You're My Home."

COM­PAR­I­SON WITH 'KAM­BAL, KARIBAL'

Mika is known for por­tray­ing kon­tra­bida roles in her first two GMA‐7 pro­grams: "Meant To Be" (2017) and "Pam­ilya Ro­ces" (2018). She also played a kon­tra­bida in her pre­vi­ous ABS‐CBN se­ries, "Mirabella" (2014).

This me, how­ever, the 19‐year‐old ac­tress said that she won't play vil­lain to Bar­bie.

"Hindi, ac­tu­ally mabait kam­ing dalawa, pare­has kami.

"Magkapa d kami pero ang high­light ng kwento, kahit mabait na tao, na­haha sa mga life de­ci­sions, sa good or bad.

"May mga me na nagkaka­mali tayo na nagig­ing masama tayo, pero it doesn't mean na masama tayo as a per­son.

"So, hindi ako masama dito. May mga point lang sa buhay ko na may lumal­abas na mga hi­nanakit pero dahil may feel­ings ako."

Since "Kara Mia" tack­les a story about sis­ters with a rare med­i­cal condi on, the show might re­ceive com­ments com­par­ing it to GMA‐7's de­funct prime‐ me se­ries, "Kam­bal, Karibal."

"Kam­bal, Karibal," which had a suc­cess­ful run from Novem­ber 2017 to Au­gust 2018, was top‐billed by Bianca Umali, Pauline Men­doza, and Ky­line Al­can­tara.

When PEP.ph brought this up, Mika quickly pointed out the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two shows.

She said that "Kara Mia" is based on a real case abroad in In­dia, where a set of twins was born shar­ing one body.

This is dif­fer­ent from con­joined twins who have sep­a­rate bod­ies.

Mika said, "Ang pinagka‐ pare­has niya lang is dalawang magkapa d pero the story is very very dif­fer­ent.

"May sar­il­ing twist ito, and it's ac­tu­ally a true story. Kasi 'yung 'Kam­bal, Karibal,' based on fic­tion lang talaga.

"This project, may ba­sis siya na nang­yari sa to­toong buhay, meron tala­gang taong pinan­ganak na dalawa ang ulo and ang ten­dency nila, hindi sila tu­mata­gal pag ga­nun 'yung sakit nila. (James Pa­trick Anar­con, Pep.ph)

Mika dela Cruz says that her up­com­ing se­ries with Bar­bie Forteza, ti­tled "Kara Mia," is very dif­fer­ent from GMA-7's de­funct se­ries, "Kam­bal, Karibal." "May sar­il­ing twist ito, and it's ac­tu­ally a true story. Kasi 'yung 'Kam­bal, Karibal,' based on fic­tion lang talaga."

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