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.
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."