How kontrabida roles made Thea Tolentino a better person

Published January 14, 2021, 8:07 AM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Thea Tolentino

Young actress Thea Tolentino is thankful for playing kontrabida roles which made her a versatile actress and a better person.

During a Zoom press conference for the fantasy-romance series “The Lost Recipe” on GMA News TV recently, Thea said that she’s gotten used to playing “toxic” roles which is the opposite of her character.

Thea also said that she has no qualms if she would be typecast for such roles.

It was in 2013 when Thea started to play a villain.

“Pero bago ako mag-kontrabida, try muna nila ako as mabait ‘yung character and parang hindi siya nag-work. Parang mas bagay sa akin ‘yung matatapang na roles,” she said.

Despite being typecast, the Kapuso star does not see it as a disadvantage but an opportunity to improve her craft.

“Kasi marami akong natutunan sa pagiging kontrabida ko. Since 2013 nga siya binibigay sa akin, sunod-sunod na mabibigat na kontrabida roles, natutunan ko na pag iba-ibahin ‘yung bawa’t character ko para hindi sila pare-parehas,” Thea said.

“And thankful naman ako kasi ‘yung pagiging kontrabida ko, ‘yung pagbigay nila sa akin lagi ng projects as kontrabida, it shaped me as the person who I am right now,” she added.

Thea said her exposure to villain roles has also made her assertive in acting.

“Dahil sa mga binibigay nila sa aking opportunities, kaya ko ng maging confident at naniniwala na ako sa sarili ko,” she said.

To date, Thea counts her role as a transgender woman in the teleserrye “Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko” as her toughest.

“Dahil ‘yun nga, sensitive ang topic… I was really honored na ibigay sa akin ‘yung ganu’ng project dahil sobrang challenging na makuha ko din ‘yung puso ng viewers lalo na ng LGBTQ community,” she explained.

“And marami akong na meet na talagang na touch sila sa pag-portay ko as trans-woman. So ‘yun ‘yung talagang naging challenge for me dahil hindi lang sa acting na ipakita kung hindi paano ko mako-connect as a person ‘yung kwento ng character ko para maintindihan ng tao na talagang love is love, equality is everything! So pinaka mahirap at na enjoy ko at minahal ko na character ‘yun.”

Thea is ready to showcase her versatility in “The Lost Recipe” headlined by the fresh loveteam of Mikee Quintos and Kelvin Miranda.

She said that the first locally produced daily primetime show on GMA News TV will charm viewers with its flavorful mix of love, comedy, and fantasy set in the picturesque Manila.

The young artist teased it not only highlights Filipinos’ love for food but also takes viewers to the gastronomic journey of reaching for one’s dreams.

In there, Thea will play Ginger who will inspire the audience with lessons about self-love and self-worth.

“Don’t give up on your dreams. Your happiness comes first before everyone else’s,” she said.

“The Lost Recipe,” will start airing on GMA News TV beginning Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.