The exciting world of Kris Bernal

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


PLAYING a male coffee shop attendant is both an exciting and a challenging role, Kapuso actress Kris Bernal says.

The petite beauty plays Andy in the Filipino adaptation of the original Korean series Coffee Prince.

In preparing for the role, Kris said she really had to study how a real man acts and respond to situations before she went in front of the cameras.

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"Maliban po sa mga workshop, pinag-aralan ko po talaga kung paano ang kilos ng isang lalaki," she said in an interview with the Davao entertainment press during the Coffee Prince promo tour here last October 20.

Kris added that she really ensures she gets to familiarize with every scene for each episode. She even watched the Korean version so she can grasp how Andy acts as a girl and as a boy in the original series.

"Minsan ay ginagaya ko po ang Korean na Andy pero si Direk Ricky (Davao) ay ayaw na rin na gayahin ko kasi mas mamahalin raw ng mga tao 'yong Andy na ako at hindi si Andy ng Korean version," she said.

Kris said the production team of the Kapuso Network's Coffee Prince wants to deliver it as a real Filipino television series rather than just a remake of an original Korean show.

"Para po makakapag-connect talaga ang audience, ‘yong mas makaka-relate po sila. For example, sa Korean version po ay motor ang ginagamit sa pagde-deliver ng milk. Dito po sa Filipino version ay tricycle po ang ginagamit at tubig po ang dine-deliver," she said.

Team up with Aljur

Kris said her closeness to screen partner Aljur Abrenica has helped her carry out the role with ease. The tandem in Coffee Prince is already their eighth project together.

"Siguro nga ay sobrang close at kumportable lang po kami talaga sa isa't isa," she said while she vehemently denied any romantic involvement with Aljur.

Kris labelled their relationship as "more than friends but less than lovers" which has been an overused line. Most of the developments regarding this type of revelation is far from surprising, actually.

Aside from Kris and Aljur, Kim Komatsu, Steven Silva, Benjamin Alves, and Max Collins also joined the Coffee Prince promo tour here.

Catch Coffee Prince on GMA's Telebabad weeknights.

Should you have comments, please feel free to reach me at mendoza.jennygrace@gmail.com.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 25, 2012.

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