Kim Chiu on being hated as Juliana in ‘Linlang’: ‘Keep them coming!’
Kim Chiu initially had doubts about accepting the role of Juliana in “Linlang,” which tells the story of an unfaithful wife, but she’s thankful that the risk — even if it reached the point where others advised her to not follow her character’s footsteps — paid off.
Chiu admitted during the show’s thanksgiving press conference that she was initially worried about not getting support for her character, but it turned out to be a blessing as many were “affected” with her portrayal.
“Anong fear ko? ‘Yung hindi siya suportahan ng mga tao, ‘yun talaga ang kinakatakutan ko kasi first time kong [mag-portray] ng [ganitong] role. First time kong sumugal. Sobrang happy ako, at napaghihiwalay nila si Juliana at Kim Chiu,” she said.
(What’s my fear? People wouldn’t support this because this is my first time to take on such a role. It’s my first time to gamble. I’m very happy, especially that people know how to separate Juliana from Kim Chiu.)
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The actress added that the feeling of being “hated” for her character is something that she loves. “Grateful, ito ‘yung masasabi kong hate that I love. Masaya ako sa hate na natatanggap ko ngayon (I’m grateful, this is the type of hate that I love. I’m happy with the hate that I’m receiving right now). Keep them coming!” she said.
Chiu also expressed her gratitude to directors FM Reyes and Jojo Saguin, as well as the production team, for reminding her to stay faithful to Juliana even if she has a hard time getting into her character’s state of mind.
“Kapag bumabalik na ako kay Kim Chiu, ang tiyaga nila sa’kin para maging Julianna ako,” she said. “Kasi kapag pinapanood [ko ang sarili ko bilang Juliana], nagugulat ako. For the longest time, hindi ko naisip na gagawin ko ‘to.”
“Naiinis din ako sa kanya. Kalaban ko rin ang sarili ko kapag umaarte [ako as Juliana]. Pero kailangan kong maniwala sa ginagawa niya,” she continued.
(When I sometimes return to being Kim Chiu, the directors are not tired of reminding me that I’m Juliana while filming. Every time I see myself as Juliana, I’m shocked as well. For the longest time, I never thought of doing this. I’m also frustrated with her. I’m also in a battle with myself when I’m portraying her. But I have to believe in what she’s doing.)
Among the highlights of “Linlang,” which is currently in its second half, showed Juliana (Kim Chiu) remaining firm with her decision to maintain her affair with Alex (JM de Guzman) despite Victor’s (Paulo Avelino) determination to seek justice.
And while Chiu pointed out that she’s a far cry from her character’s personality, she couldn’t help but laugh while recalling an encounter with fans who remind her to not be unfaithful.
“Affected sila everywhere kung saan ako pumunta. Nagsimula na sa pagre-regalo [na naka-address sa’kin as Juliana]. Meron ding nag-message sa’kin na wag daw ako mangabit, magpakabait daw ako (Many are affected everywhere I go. It even reached the point of me receiving gifts where I’m addressed as Julianna. I also receive messages advising me to not cheat on my partner and to be faithful),” she said.
Yet despite Juliana’s infidelity, the actress believes that her character is a good mother. “Gagawin niya lahat para sa anak niya. Magsasakripisyo siya para sa anak niya (She will do everything for her child. She’s willing to make sacrifices for her child).”
“Hindi lang siya magaling gumawa ng desisyon at diskarte sa buhay. Nagawa niya siguro ang mga bagay na ‘yun kasi hindi siya ma-kuntento. Kaso sinungaling siya (She doesn’t know how to make decisions in life, maybe because she doesn’t know how to be content. But she’s dishonest),” she continued.
The drama also stars Paulo Avelino, JM de Guzman, Kaila Estrada, Maricel Soriano, and Ruby Ruiz.