Marian Rivera said she has had to reinvent herself for her part as a submissive wife in the GMA 7 drama series “Temptation of Wife.”
“I changed even the way I talk, walk and dress up,” said Marian of her role as Angeline Santos, the submissive wife of Marcel Salcedo (Dennis Trillo). “When I turn into my alter-ego Chantal, I’ll become mataray (imperious). I’ll use a different approach, something more befitting of a woman who wants to exact revenge.”
The actress said she had read the scripts for Weeks 8 and 9 of the drama series. “They’re really very interesting. When I become Chantal, I’ll be more daring… [I’ll] bare more skin. I’ll be required to exert more effort portraying her.”
She said she found fulfillment in getting good feedback from viewers. “It really means a lot to me that people are pleased with what I’m doing in ‘Temptation of Wife.’”
During a recent visit to the set of “Temptation” in Greenmeadows, Quezon City, Marian told the Inquirer that her personality is the “exact opposite” of that of Dingdong’s mom Angeline, who has the same name as the character she portrays in the drama series.
“Dong’s mom is so kind and loving. She’s often quiet. She is also a very gracious host,” Marian noted. “We’re so different because I’m loud and talkative.”
In the series, Marian has an unfaithful husband and a wicked mother-in-law. Things start to take a different turn when she discovers that her husband’s mistress is actually her best friend Heidi (played by Glaiza de Castro).
“It’s difficult to portray a wife whose husband was snatched away from her. I’m just acting the part, but I already feel the pain that a wife goes through. I pray this will not happen to me in the future,” Marian confessed. “I consider myself lucky. I know that Dong is loyal to me.”
Prepared for worst
Marian said that while she felt secure with Dingdong, she was emotionally prepared in case they don’t end up together. “I fear it. If it happens, I know it’s our destiny, and there’s a reason for it.”
The series is a remake of a 2008 Korean hit drama series. It also features Ayen Munji-Laurel and Rafael Rosell as main characters. Dominic Zapata is at the helm.
As a reward for working hard the past year, Marian said she hopes to buy a new van. However, she said this plan could change if she pushes through with her intention to coproduce an action-comedy film with Ai-Ai de las Alas.