MANILA, Philippines – Singer Geronimo is putting her acting cap back on as she gears up for the first taping day for “Sarah G Presents: Drama Anthology.”
The singer-actress will play a variety of roles in the anthology, beginning with the first episode “Sapilitan” co-starring Paulo Avelino.
For Geronimo, who was last seen acting in 2011 in the movie "Won't Last A Day Without You," the new TV show opens up a new chapter in her career as she feels privileged to be among esteemed, veteran actresses who have been given their own drama anthologies in the past.
But while she is thrilled with the new opportunity, Geronimo admitted that she also feels the pressure of proving her talent for drama -- even if she has done this before in the teleseryes "Bituing Walang Ningning" and "Pangarap na Bituin."
Singer-actress Sarah Geronimo and actor Paulo Avelino during the first taping day of "Sarah G Presents"
“Sobrang grateful ako sa ABS-CBN. Nandoon din ang pressure na talagang binibigay nila ang magagandang proyekto sa akin. Hindi ko naiiwasang ma-overwhelm din na kaya ko ba ito? Pero lahat naman magagawa through prayers. At 'yung production namin, magtutulungan kami para maging maganda ang drama anthology,” she said.
Geronimo is hoping it will be easier for her to pull off some drama since she already has life experiences to take her acting to the next level.
“Kailangan lang matutunan kong ihiwalay yung ako sa character ko. Kumbaga, hindi kasi ako consistent sa drama. Adjustment na naman sa akin... Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa direktor ko and mga co-actors ko na talagang supportive sila para bigyan ako ng time para maka-deliver ng maayos,” she said.
Meanwhile, the 25-year old singer said she is looking forward to working with Avelino, whom she describes as a very dedicated and passionate actor.
“First time to work with him. Sa 'Sarah G Live' nag-guest na siya several times. Impression ko sa kanya as an actor, dedicated, passionate. Talagang nakikita ko sa performances niya na talagang bigay-todo. Ang galing, effective siya. As a person, mukha siyang mabuting tao,” she said.
Avelino, for his part, said he is honored to be chosen to headline the pilot episode of Geronimo’s anthology.
“Sa dami ng puwedeng pagpiliang aktor sa ABS-CBN, ako 'yung nabigyan ng pagkakataon para gawin itong pilot episode ng ‘Sarah G Presents.’ First time ko po siyang makakatrabaho sa isang pagganap,” he said.
“I’ve always wanted to work with Sarah for a film. Pero medyo napaaga, naging para dito sa show niya. I’m very lucky and happy to be part of the show,” he added.
Asked to describe Geronimo, Avelino said: “Sarah is very quiet, very kind. May mga konting scenes kasi na ginawa na kami kanina, medyo nakakatawa rin. Bagay na bagay talaga siya sa romantic-comedy- themed episode.” – Report from Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News