Many people regard her as goddess of sorts but Liza Soberano thinks “Bagani” co-star Kristine Hermosa is far better looking.
“The first time I saw her was also the first time I saw her upclose. I was mesmerized. ‘Oh, my God, she’s so beautiful,’” Liza unabashedly admitted during the farewell mediacon for “Bagani” now on its final week.
She felt she was nothing compared to Kristine which made her feel she needed to distance herself from Oyo Sotto’s wife.
“I thought I was already fair but when I saw her, she has beautiful complexion, so smooth…”
Liza learned Kristine has been offered soap operas in the past but she declined until “Bagani” came.
“We were all surprised when she accepted the offer to think that she begged off a lot of times in the past,” Liza added.
There was apprehension when Liza acted out a scene with Kristine for the first time.
“Of course, I was thinking that she would eclipse my skills. But, no, she knows how to give way to her co-actors. I had some heavy scenes with her but she allowed me time to really feel the emotions needed,” she related.
For her “Darna” character, Liza goes to the gym four, five times a week. She’s accomplished her fitness goal as she’s now reed-thin.
“I’ve been training continuously despite the taping and the shooting,” she said.
When “Bagani” finishes tomorrow, Liza is “doing “Darna” right away. She disclosed that her favourite leading man, Enrique Gil, “might be doing another project.”
Liza was asked about the secret behind the success of her and Enrique’s love team.
Instead of citing chemistry, Liza credited the production, saying all is due to collective effort.
“We have a really good team. The composition of our team, – from the director to the creative to the production staff to the crew and other actors – all of them are part of our success, that’s why we get high rating.
“Aside from that, we love what we do. We love each other.”
Chided for her “we love each other” statement especially when she paused and look at Enrique’s direction, Liza said, “We love each other. Damay din sila. We love each other. I love all of you. I guess the happiness that we have on the set and the passion we have for our jobs really convey when we do what we love. That’s why everybody enjoys our shows.”
She felt that the one thing she learned about doing “Bagani” is that “the characters draw their strength from their love for one another and for their country, for their clan.”