Carla plays selfless lover in 'My Destiny'

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Monday, July 21, 2014


THE expression "everything happens for a reason" may already sound cliché, but nothing could be more true for Kapuso homegrown artist Carla Abellana, who, despite all the emotional challenges she once faced in her life, has become simply content with where and who she is right now.

"Kahit may times na hindi natin gusto ang mga nangyayari sa buhay natin, eh ‘yun ‘yung meant to happen or we’re meant to experience all that," she revealed in a recent interview.

Currently, Carla is busy with My Destiny, one of GMA Network’s high-rating series that also marked her reunion with on-screen partner Tom Rodriguez after their successful tandem as Lally and Vincent in the phenomenal and highly controversial TV drama My Husband’s Lover.

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In My Destiny, Carla shows off her versatility in acting with her portrayal of Grace Dela Rosa, a woman who is willing to sacrifice everything, even her romantic aspiration, for the love of her family.

Read on as Carla opens up about the latest role she’s playing, on why being paired with Tom feels just right, and why she believes in that thing called destiny.

Can you tell us something about My Destiny? What is the story all about?

CARLA: Una pa lang, the title itself na My Destiny, alam mo na what’s the premise. It’s about serendipity. What is destiny? Who’s destined for you? Pero the series is really all about different kinds of love stories. Iba't-ibang generation. Iba't-ibang klaseng love. Even love for the family, the sacrifices that parents are willing to make for their children. Kasi the role of Rhian (Ramos) has leukemia, so her sister Grace, the character I play, is the only compatible one to donate bone marrow and blood. But it’s the circumstance of her being sick with leukemia that really challenges everybody around her. You’ll see if it will destroy the family or bring the family even closer together. Good girl ako dito, actually, wala namang bad girl. With this one, walang kontrbida.

How’s your relationship with your leading man, Tom Rodriguez?

CARLA: Good, good. I would say it has improved.

What do you think of him as an actor?

CARLA: He has improved a lot. The passion is still there. Kita mo naman sa eagerness niya to learn and he always listens to the director. Ganun pa rin siya, makulit, kalog. He makes work very easy. He’s light to work with. The comfort level is something that I am grateful for kasi at least, we continue to work together tapos alam na namin ‘yung technique ng isa’t-isa. We are able to help each other, madali na sa mga eksena.

What feels right about your pairing with Tom?

CARLA: I guess it’s because, ano nga ba? Ako ah, how I see it, it’s as simple as we make people happy naman. We get to entertain people. They make us feel that kung ano ‘yung saya na naibibigay namin sa kanila, ibinabalik nila sa amin. I’m not saying we make the entire world happy with our partnership but there are people na umaasa, there are people who are entertained. I guess ‘yun ‘yon. Natutuwa rin kami na meron na kaming fans club ngayon.

Do you think there’s a chance for the two of you to be together?

CARLA: Is there a chance to be together? There’s a chance to be with anybody actually at the moment. But no, hindi pa. Wala akong mabibigay na time, unang-una. I won’t be able to give as much attention and focus because I have so much work to juggle at the moment.

Are you open with the idea of having a sequel to My Husband’s Lover?

CARLA: Honestly mixed emotions. Siguro if you asked me eight months ago, when My Husband’s Lover was still on and making a buzz, I would say yes, of course, kasi it’s the working environment, it’s the overall experience, it’s my co-actors, it’s our director, ‘yun ‘yung ayaw ko sanang matapos. But then all good things come to an end. Pero ngayon I have mixed emotions if you ask me again now, it’s such a big risk, although My Husband’s Lover is already such a big risk in the first place. Ang GMA Network naman ay kilala sa pag-take ng risks na ganun. Nakakatakot lang na sumugal kasi we already ended it eh. Maganda na ‘yung impact, maganda na ‘yung naiwan naming impression sa viewers.

What are your other projects aside from My Destiny?

CARLA: I have Del Monte Kitchenomics, Ismol Family, Sunday All Stars, and I am also doing a movie, ‘yung Somebody to Love. Marami kami sa movie, mga 20 plus kami, and ang ka-partner ko dun sina Jason Abalos and Matteo Guidicelli. It’s a very interesting movie kasi maraming love stories.

Are you happy and satisfied with the way your career is doing right now?

CARLA: Yes, definitely. It’s doing great. I’ve shot three movies in four months. Nabigyan ako ng bagong soap opera na magandang-maganda naman, tapos isang sitcom pa. Projects, work, left and right, ang dami. Medyo kinabahan lang din at nahirapan doon sa what will Carla do after My Husband’s Lover. A lot of people are asking. Siyempre sasabihin mahirap pantayan ang My Husband’s Lover, so there’s this question na what will she do next and what will GMA give her na pinag-isipan naman ng Network with the series.

Do you still feel the pressure until now?

CALRA: I feel the pressure definitely but I’m very hopeful. With My Destiny, iba, ang layo sa My Husband’s Lover, iba ang timpla, so I’m very hopeful naman and I’m very excited.

Do you believe in destiny?

CARLA: Actually, I would like to believe that everything was laid out for you, and everything was planned.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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