How to be fabulous at 53

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    POPS FERNANDEZ
    POPS FERNANDEZ

    RHIAN Ramos took acting classes in New York last year that certainly help her a lot to interpret her role better in her newest soap, “Love of My Life.” “It’s a class on acting improvisation and I attended it twice a week for six months,” she says. “It helps you become more resourceful as an actor kasi kailangan kang matutong maging inventive sa acting mo. Parang it teaches your mind to be alert all the time, kasi walang script and you have to learn how to react agad when they throw something to you on the spot.”

    Did she inform GMA that she will be gone for a long time?

    “Yes, nagpaalam ako sa kanila that I’ll gone for a long time. I have to inform them kasi may contract ako with them. Naintindihan naman nila.”

    So now, she’s back into acting and plays Kelly, a feisty single mom in “Love of My Life.” Does she get to use what she learned from New York in doing the role of Kelly?

    “Oh yes, mas ready ako ngayon. Mas mabilis akong mag-adjust sa mga kaeksena ko. I enjoy doing ‘Love of My Life’ kasi puro magagaling ang kasama ko, from Coney Reyes as the family’s matriarch and Carla Abellana as my ka-love triangle kay Tom Rodriguez, to Tom himself and Mikael Daez as Tom’s brother na estranged sa family nila. We all play flawed characters kaya mas realistic.”

    She and the rest of the cast are happy because “Love of My Life” just started airing but it quickly registered strongly in the ratings game, trouncing their opponent in the surveys.

    About her love life, Rhian’s LDR (long-distance relationship) with her U.S. based Israeli boyfriend named Amir Borsok is doing very well, just like Lovi Poe’s own LDR with her own BF who’s also in the US. Rhian just posted their pictures together when they celebrated their first anniversary in an undisclosed foreign country.

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    Pops Fernandez is back on television as a judge in GMA-7’s new talent search, “Centerstage.” Pops looked so young you at the show’s launch no one would suspect she’s the mother of two grownup sons. One newshen remarked: “Parang forever young, hindi nagkakaedad.” So what’s her secret?

    “There’s no secret,” said Pops, who turned 53 last December. “Just be positive. Don’t dwell on the negative. Forget past hurts, learn to forgive and just keep moving on.”

    It’s her first time to agree to be a judge in a reality show and she promises to be very kind to the contestants. “I’ve never joined a singing contest, unlike my co-judge, Aicelle Santos, who won in one,” she said. “Kaya nga, I want to be kind to the contestants, who are kids. I will tell them to just relax, enjoy the moment and make friends with the other contestants even if they all that this is a competition.”

    Pops will also have her Valentine show, “Twogether Again,” with ex-hubby Martin Nievera at the Theater at Solaire on February 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.

    As a live performer, has she ever experienced embarrassing accidental moments where she forgot the lyrics of a song she’s singing?

    “Nangyayari naman talaga ‘yan,” she said. “No matter how many times you’ve rehearsed, may moments na hindi talaga perfect. But I think that’s the best part of performing live. Doon nga makikita if you’re a really good performer, na kahit may nangyaring mali, the audience won’t notice na nagkamali ka.”

    Pops said she’s happy to be working with Alden. “I met him in Sta. Rosa noon pa kasi common friend namin ang mayor doon,” she revealed. “Mabait talaga siya and he has remained humble despite his success. I think that’s the reason why he is so blessed.”
    People say she looks like Maine Mendoza, Alden’s ka-love team. “So they say, kaya nga pinagsasabi ko nang ex ko siya. Ha ha ha! Baka ma-revive ngayong magkasama na kami rito sa ‘Centerstage’,” and Pops laughed even harder.

    “Centerstage” starts airing this Feb. 16, right after “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko.”

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    Kyline Alcantara is given another big break by GMA-7 in the afternoon soap, “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit,” her new show after “Inagaw Na Bituin” (she seemed to be destined to star in shows with “Bituin” in their titles). She admits she’s very nervous about it as she gets to act with such award-winning stars as Nora Aunor and Mylene Dizon, along with Ricky Davao, Zoren Legaspi, Divina Valencia, Gabby Eigenman, Isabel Rivas, and Yasser Marta in his first starring role as Kyline’s leading man. Add to that the fact that the series is directed by the most acclaimed female director in our country today, Laurice Guillen.

    “Siempre po, kinakabahan ako dahil the one and only superstar ang gumaganap na lola ko at siya rin ang original na gumanap sa movie version ng ‘Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit’ in 1989, bago pa ako pinanganak,” says Kyline. “Lahat ng artista, pangarap na makatrabaho siya kaya dream come true po para sa akin na makasama siya rito sa TV remake ng ‘Bilangin.’ At lahat ng kasama namin sa cast, puro batikang artista. Kabado rin po ako kasi first time akong maidirek ni Direk Laurice, one of our best directors, and I’m hoping I didn’t disappoint her.”

    They made many changes from the original film. Nora is now playing role of Cedes, played by Perla Bautista in the original.

    “The role of Cedes is expanded for the TV version,” says the actress. “Kasi si Perla, namatay ang character before as the mother of Magnolia, a role I played and now played by Mylene Dizon. At ako rin ang gumanap doon sa role ng Maggie, now played by Kyline.

    So, sa original, dual roles ako, but now, my roles are played by Mylene and Kyline.”

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    Jasmine Curtis Smith feels privileged to be a member of the cast of the local adaptation of the popular Korean series, “Descendants of the Sun.”

    “I’ve seen the original series and I really liked it kaya umiyak pa ako when it ended,” she says. “But never kong naisip na balang araw, I’ll be in its remake, kaya naman I’m now very happy to play Capt. Moira. I auditioned for the role and I’m truly delilghted na akong napili nila.”

    Her role was originally played by Korean actress Kim Ji Woon.

    “It’s a good role about a young woman who’s in love with another soldier, played now by Rocco Nacino, pero ‘yung love nila, hinadlangan ng father niyang general. I really like the role and I consider it a great blessing na sa kabila ng fact na many auditioned for it, sa akin napunta ito.”

    How is it working with Rocco Nacino? “Nagkasama kami sa ‘Pamilya Roces’ more than a year ago, but hindi kami ang magkapareha roon. He’s basically good natured kaya masayang katrabaho. Compared to before, we became closer as friends while doing this show, and we’re really glad when people tell us na maganda ang chemistry namin on screen. I’m also enjoying working with Dingdong Dantes and Jennylyn Mercado. We all work so hard, along with Direk Dominic Zapata, para mapaganda talaga ang show at hindi ma-disappoint ang viewers who love the original ‘Descendants of the Sun’.”

    It’s common knowledge she and Jeff Ortega (from the political clan of the Ortegas in La Union) have been in a relationship for some time now. Any plans of walking down the aisle soon?

    “Naku, matagal pa siguro bago namin mapag-isipang gawin yan. Baka in five years, when we’re really ready to settle down. We’re both still young and we want to prioritize our careers muna. No need to rush.”