Underrated star shines: Time was right, she says


ALESSANDRA de Rossi and Coco Martin in “Santa Niña”

Although observers may cry injustice because she won her first best actress trophy abroad just recently, Alessandra de Rossi seemed unaffected. “It was simply the right time,” she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

De Rossi was cited for her role in Emmanuel Quindo Palo’s “Sta Niña” at the Asean  International Film Festival and Awards (Aiffa) held in Kuching, Malaysia, last week.

No expectations


The last trophies she won were from Famas, as best supporting actress for Carlos Siguion-Reyna’s “Azucena” (2000); and from the Metro Manila Film Festival, also as best supporting actress, for Joel Lamangan’s “Hubog” (2001).

“Since then, every time I’m nominated, I don’t expect to win,” she said. “Local awards were elusive. I forgot it was possible to win abroad. This was a big surprise.”

De Rossi recalled: “I used to joke with Direk Manny (Palo’s nickname): If I don’t win for this, I’ll quit show biz.”

Which leads us to an intriguing statement she once made. Exasperated with being typecast as a contravida in local soaps, she vowed to retire altogether and join feminist group Gabriela. She was tired of scheming, sinning and slapping other stars on the set, she said.

In her inimitable way, she backtracked, in jest: “But I still have three years to go on my home [amortization].”

Seriously now, she clarified: “I didn’t want to bring that up… I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I have no issue against the networks or the producers who never tire of giving me jobs. I’m very lucky as it is, compared to other actors who would kill to land roles.”

Personal crisis


De Rossi said being boxed in as villainess was a “personal crisis” for her. “I’d rather not add any more to the negativity in the world. There’s too much violence, hatred and bitterness as it is. I just want to inspire viewers with my projects.”

Thank heavens for indie films like “Santa Niña,” she said, which give her not only international acclaim but also the chance to inhabit characters that are out of the box.

She just wrapped up work on Gil M. Portes’ “The Liars,” an entry in the Cinemalaya Directors’ Showcase section this year. “It’s our reunion film,” she said of Portes, who directed the 2002 drama “Mga Munting Tinig,” for which she got a best actress nod in the Urian (critics) Awards.

They had a running gag on the set, she said. “Direk Gil would remind me that I’m up against Vilma Santos (in Jeffrey Jeturian’s ‘Ekstra’). I would ask him: Should I give my all? Direk Gil would reply: “Itawid mo na lang. (Just get it over with.)”

De Rossi noted: “That’s because the year I had ‘Munting Tinig,’ Ate Vi had ‘Dekada ’70’ in the awards derby.”

Make no mistake: She’s more than content with her Aiffa trophy for now. “It’s very special,” she said, “since [costar] Anita Linda also won best supporting actress and our film, ‘Santa Niña’ won best drama film. Direk Manny, our producer [and lead actor] Coco Martin and the entire team are happy.”

Sweet vindication


The award is sweet vindication, in light of the naysayers who called her a has-been just because she went on vacation and became choosy with projects. “I learned a lot  while I was away,” she pointed out. “I studied painting and furniture-making. I discovered things some people would take three lifetimes to master.”

She also tried a new job, as music scorer, with her band 1+ 1 = 4, on Adolfo Alix Jr.’s war drama “Death March.”

She playfully described her music as “heavy and confusing, very artistic.”

Alix recounted: “We discussed what I wanted… and I liked the samples she submitted. I’m familiar with her songs and I know her influences. I was confident her sound would fit my vision for the film.”

“Direk Adolf wanted ambient electronic. I added a little post-rock,” De Rossi said.

However, she was quick to share credit. “I couldn’t have done it without my bandmates Chris Valera, Pat Tirano and Veronica Deposoy, who are also the coproducers of my album (‘Adrift’).”

Obviously, the actress’ other passion is music.


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  • Iggy Ramirez

    I always thought Alessand can act only that she needs to refine how she talks. She talks like a palengkera and everyone loses interest in her.

    • Purple814

      Everyone? By everyone perhaps you mean you. Alex is extremely smart and witty and is well loved by the people she works with. She is straight forward and no-none sense. Palengkera my foot. Cite an article where it says that. Napakatino at napakatalino ng babaeng ito. Di hamak na mas magaling kesa iba diyan na walang alam kundi mag inarte sa pagsasalita at maghubad. She is discriminated against because of her dusky features and refusal to jump to bed with costars. If your theory about her talking is correct, then explain why dim-witted, dumb pretenders have won in the recent local awards. Di hamak na mas eskandalosa naman ang mga pagkatao ng mga taong yun. The problem is not with Alex, it’s with those dumb viewers who would rather follow pseudo actresses, lapping up every stupid thing that they do, no matter how incredibly mediocre their performances are.

  • hustlergalore

    underrated naman talaga si alex. overrated naman si angel locsin at anne curtis. hindi sila aktres lalong-lalo na yung anne curtis. tumili at umiyak lang. magaling na raw yun. LOL

    • fuctore

      This is a great vindication for Alex De Rossi who was beaten by a mediocre starlet Marian Rivera at Enpress Awards couple of months ago.

      • maysayako

        magkaibang category naman ito, itong aiffa e movies, at yung empress e for tv! unlike sa case nina angel na tinalo si nora sa star awards for movies na pinanalo naman ni nora sa asian awards!

      • hustlergalore

        yang abs-cbn zombi na si fuctore. mema lang yan. nora aunor in thy womb, tinalo ng diarrhea school of acting ni angel locsin sa copycat movie na one more try. LOL tapos ang ibabalik na argumento sa yo, yung network war tungiks argument. pfft!

      • fuctore

        Soooo stupid analysis.
        One More Try was never an entry AFA, and so as Angel
        So Aunor’s chances of winning is inevitable.
        pero what bothers me is your consistent barrage of attacks aimed at Star Cinema movies, when in fact they provide sustenance in an ailing local fim environment.
        FYI, I hate network wars, the reason why I harbor a dislike to your posts. Masyado ka kasing bias.

      • hustlergalore

        ang lakas maka-sooo stupid. e ikaw ngayong nagFYI noon na babae sa septic tank is produced by star cinema. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Dang

        Fuctore, napaghahalataang isa kang miembro ng Marian Rivera online demolition job team. Masaya ka ba sa klase ng trabaho mo?

      • dmitry krus

        we’d rather have an ailing local film industry than have lots of non-sense films. May napapala ka ba kung kumikita or nalulugi ang pelikulang Pinoy. Wala naman diba!

      • hustlergalore

        bakit? gagaling ba si marian rivera sa kanyang talumpati school of acting kung sabihin kung OVERRATED si angel locsin at anne curtis. ha, abscbn zombie? tungiks

        dahil bulag na bulag ka, diarrhea school of acting ni angel locsin tinalo si nora aunor sa bayarang star awards. BRAVO!!!!!

      • fuctore

        Nora Aunor will always be one ,if not the greatest actress of Phil cinema.
        Her humility is displayed more evidently when she greeted and acknowledged Angel’s victory in Star awards.
        A gesture earning great magnitude of respect.
        Her loss at Star Awards will not tarnish nor diminish her glories.
        Angel’s winning at Star Awards this season is just an addition to her 7 best actress trophys from different award giving bodies.
        Aunor once stated that she would not be surprised if Locsin won over her last MMFF awards. because she herself was raving about her performance in One More Try.
        Sadly, you don’t share the same equation as your idol.

      • hustlergalore

        nyak! ano naman ang pakialam ko sa pananaw ni nora aunor kay angel locsin at panananaw niya yun. magbabago ba ang mediocrity ni angel locsin sa one more try sa sinabi ni nora aunor? simple lang naman yun e. naghahanap kayo ng pinakamagaling sa isang pelikula, tapos yung nanalo ay hindi pa. angel locsin in one more try? maghanap siya at gumawa siya ng pelikula kung saan ipapakita niya ang husay at galing. hindi yang katulad ng kinopya na nga at sabog pa na one more try. hindi halatang idol mo si angel locsin, bilang na bilang mo ang tropeo. LOL

      • fuctore

        Diarrhea school of acting?
        Duh? alam ko merong tinatawag na constipated acting,
        pero ikaw , me pa diarrhea pa huh. hahaha!
        Nahiya naman ako sa critique mo about acting.
        as if kalevel mo si Roger Ebert.
        Taas ng standard…whoa!
        Naiintindihan naman kita kung solid Noranian ka,
        pero hellooow..2013 na, mag mature ka naman ng kaunti.
        Tapos nayung era ng pakikipagbangayan ng mga fans.

      • hustlergalore

        NYAK! hindi ako solid noranian. masarap lang mag-celebrate ng artistry at kutyain ang mga overrated mediocres LOL

      • Dang

        The performance of Marian Rivera in the tv series Amaya was so complex and so effective that she was able to show the multiple emotions needed to portray her role. Alex is an outstanding actress, but she was nominated for the tv series Legacy. Her role was not as challenging as Marian’s Amaya, so Alex was not able to showcase much of her talent. So, comparing the performances of the two actresses in the said teleseryes, I think Marian Rivera really deserved her Outstanding Actress Award for TV.

      • dmitry krus

        marian’s acting is good but not good enough. i agree with alex role na di masyado challenging. anyway dapat parang palanca awards to, pag walang deserving wala dapat manalo

  • maysayako

    si alex ang tunay na actor at hindi ang mga katulad ng mga starlet na sina angel locsin at sarah geronimo

    • G Acosta

      then try to produce a movie. get alex as the lead role. sometimes you cant blame the movie producers if they want their money back. afterall, business is business. let’s face the fact na dahil din sa mga starlet na binanggit mo, buhay ang industriya ng pelikulang pilipino. magaling si alex, noon pa man. pero may mga bagay na hindi lahat nadadala sa galing lang.

      • dmitry krus

        we’ll rather have an ailing film industry than lotsa non-sense films that are fueled by profits alone. Dude, you need to enroll in an art class immediately due to your cheap comment

  • Dang

    The performance of Marian Rivera in the tv series Amaya was so complex and so effective that she was able to show the multiple emotions needed to portray her role. Alex is an outstanding actress, but she was nominated for the tv series Legacy. Her role was not as challenging as Marian’s Amaya, so Alex was not able to showcase much of her talent. So, comparing the performances of the two actresses in the said teleseryes, I think Marian Rivera really deserved her Outstanding Actress Award for TV.

  • dmitry krus

    Baliktad kasi dito sa Pilipinas eh, kung sino yung magagaling na aktor at aktres, sila yung madalas na lumalabas sa mga low budget films tapos yung mga artistang marunong lang maginarte at makipagsweetsweetan sa promo ng pelikula nila, sila yung mga nasa mainstream. Sadly, ganito mag appreciate ng art ang mga Pinoy. May mga nagsasabi na di mo masisi ang producer kung gusto din nilang bumalik ang kanilang ginastos pero PI naman, doing a movie is an art at hindi dapat ang main goal eh profit. Ang goal dito eh maipakita at maiparamdam mo sa mga manunuod ang iyong pananaw, paniniwala, mainspire mo sila o marelate mo sila sa kwentong sumasalamin sa iba’t ibang yugto ng kanilang buhay. Hindi puro pera!

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