Arra finds playing ‘madrasta’ as ‘oddly unsettling’

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    JUANCHO TRIVINO and ARRA SAN AGUSTIN
    JUANCHO TRIVINO and ARRA SAN AGUSTIN

    THE fiercest and most glamorous rivalry ensues between the wife and the present love as they vie for a spot in the life of one man on GMA’s new afternoon series, “Madrasta.”

    The original soap introduces Arra San Agustin as Audrey, an optimistic nurse and a responsible daughter who tries her luck abroad but gets swindled instead by an illegal recruiter; this unfortunate turn of event steers her into the life of a man whose children she will nurture as her own.

    Arra, who takes on her first title role, reveals that she has poured her heart and soul in embodying her character as a madrasta or stepmom.

    “Challenging siya pero sobrang nae-enjoy ko. It’s something new. Ito ‘yung nag-push sa’kin para mas lalo pa akong lumabas sa comfort zone ko. I like how it feels – it’s oddly unsettling kasi siyempre panibagong experience pero masaya siya kasi may bago, hindi nagiging dull ‘yung nae-experience ko. May mga bago akong gustong i-explore,” she said.

    Adding color to Audrey’s journey are: Manilyn Reynes as Grace, doting mother of Audrey who is against her daughter’s relationship with a married man; Thea Tolentino as Katharine, ambitious and cunning wife of Sean who only uses the latter to satisfy her lavish lifestyle; Juancho Trivino as Sean, cosmetic surgeon and owner of RejuveNation Aesthetic Clinics who is a loyal husband; Almira Muhlach as Shirley, greedy mother of Katharine who exploits her daughter for her own materialistic goals; Phytos Ramirez as David, Sean’s best friend who secretly fancies Katharine; Kelvin Miranda as Barry, Audrey’s younger brother who fakes his social status so as not to taint his image as a self-proclaimed influencer; Divine as Debbie, Audrey’s close confidant who sticks up for her through ups and downs; Faye Lorenzo as Joan, Audrey’s friend who coaches her about the ins and outs of working in the medical field; and Ms. Gladys Reyes as Elizabeth, strict but caring mother of Sean who at first suspects Audrey’s true intentions for helping her son.

    “Madrasta” also features Isabelle de Leon as Judy, two-faced friend of Audrey; Ahron Villena as Gian, Katharine’s one great love; Anjo Damiles as George, Audrey’s ex-boyfriend.

    Audrey (Arra) is a nurse who dreams of working abroad to provide for her struggling family. Determined to lift her family out of poverty, she applies for a working visa in Canada and gets approved. Just as things are looking up for Audrey, she gets deported back home for illegal documents and her world crumbles. In her lowest point, she crosses path with cosmetic surgeon Sean (Juancho) who helps her get back on her feet by hiring her to work in his clinic. Later on, Audrey discovers that Sean’s wife Katharine (Thea) is cheating on him and she eventually leaves him for another man. This time around, Audrey becomes Sean’s rock and romance blossoms between the two. With Katharine gone, Audrey supersedes her as the mother of Sean’s children and earns a special place in his heart. Fate plays cruel tricks when Katharine returns and reclaims her position in the lives of Sean and their children.

    This original series is under the helm of Monti Parungao.