Being one of the founding members of the SexBomb Girls, we all know Rochelle Pangilinan for her superb dancing skills. But throughout the years, she has proven herself a good actress as well.
Her acting career started in 2003 on the top-rating afternoon drama series “Daisy Siete.” Since then, Rochelle has repeatedly gained nods for playing antagonist on several hit shows like “Darna” and “Amaya.”
In a recent interview with Bulletin Entertainment, Rochelle said she enjoys playing kontrabida.
“Marami nabubwisit sa akin,” she said, laughing. “Pero naiisip ko, okay lang ’yun kasi at least alam kong effective ’yung pagganap ko bilang kontrabida.”
The dancer-actress has been earning praises for her performance as Agane, the right-hand assassin of the Hathor king, Hagorn, on GMA’s telefantasya “Encantadia.”
“Nakakatuwa lang kasi ang daming naasar sa akin dahil kay Agane. Ibig sabihin napo-portray ko ng maayos ’yung pagiging masama ko,” she said, smiling.
Being part of the series is a dream come true for her.
“Iba kasi talaga kapag sinabing ‘Encantadia’ eh, iba ’yung feeling na kasama ako dito,” she shared.
Aside from the fact that she’s earning well through the show, Rochelle revealed “Encatandia” has helped her in so many ways.
“Dahil sa ‘Enca,’ naramdaman ko ulit ’yung yakap ng tao nu’ng panahon pa ng SexBomb. Ngayon parang kahit saan ako pumunta, mainit ang pagtanggap ng mga tao.”
It is as such that Rochelle gives her 100 percent to the show.
“Mahirap magpabaya,” she noted. “Sobrang init ng pagtanggap ng tao, so bakit di mo sila bibigyan ng todong effort ’di ba?”
Rochelle is doing another character on “Encantadia,” namely Andora, one of the Herans (dugong bughaw/nobles) of Etheria.
“Mas malalim si Andora, mas mahirap,” she said of the character.
Rochelle has gone through rough preparations in order to differentiate Andora from Agane.
“Pinaghandaan ko talaga ng masyado si Andora, kasi mahirap eh. Kailangan makita ng tao na iba ’to kay Agane,” she explained. “So ang ginawa ko, isang beses nilakad ko ’yung buong set namin kasi kailangan kong maramdaman na iba na character ko, lahat inaral ko, sa buhok pati sa pagsasalita.”
Being that passionate, Rochelle admitted she experiences “separation anxiety” whenever she is done playing roles.
“Sumapi na kasi akin,” she said in jest. “Nahihirapan talaga ako bumalik sa normal. Hanggang sa pag-uwi ko, in-character pa din ako minsan.”
Asked if she has a favorite character on “Encantadia,” the singer-actress shared: “Si Amihan talaga gusto ko.”
“Malinis kasi ang puso niya. Ang sarap idolohin ng mga bata,” Rochelle added.
The character Amihan was portrayed by soon-to-be-mother Kylie Padilla. She has since left the show to focus on her pregnancy.
“Siyempre nu’ng una nalungkot ako siya kasi ’yung head eh. Pero nakita ko naman na happy siya, kaya happy din ako. Actually nainggit ako kasi buntis!” Rochelle said, smiling.
Enjoying the prep
Rochelle is also busy preparing for her upcoming wedding to long-time boyfriend Arthur Solinap. They were initially eyeing a December wedding but it got postponed due to their busy schedules.
“As of now, hindi pa namin alam kung anong date pero within this year,” Rochelle said.
The 34-year-old actress wants an intimate wedding of just about 250 guests.
“Actually pinag-uusapan pa. Gusto ko sana garden wedding kaso magastos,” she said.
Describing her ideal wedding, Rochelle said it’s “simple lang.”
“Para sa akin basta masarap ang food tapos kumpleto ang pamilya at mga kaibigan na nakakakilala talaga sa’min, okay na.”
According to Rochelle, the wedding might happened in Tagatay with Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon as ninongs. Her former manager Joy Cancio is also said to be part of the entourage.
“For sure sa Tagaytay kasi favorite place ko ’yun eh, du’n ko lagi dinadala sila Tatay,” she maintained. “Tapos Tito, Vic and Joey, hindi pwedeng mawala sila, kasi sa kanila ako nagsimula eh, sa kanila ako lumaki.”
Some might feel stressed preparing a wedding but not Rochelle. She is, in fact, enjoying it.
“Ang sarap kaya,” she said. “Nakaka-excite siya, ang saya na pinaplano mo lahat ng bagay, kasi nakaka-proud ’yun kapag nakita mong naging successful ’yung mismong wedding.”
Rochelle added: “Ang gusto ko lang talaga maging maayos lahat. Kaya ako, ginagawa ko din lahat ng makakaya ko para mapaganda ’yung kasal. Isang beses lang ’to eh.” (With report from Stephanie Marie Bernardino)