BARBIE Forteza is back doing a romantic comedy in “Wait Lang… Is This Love?”, the featured story in “Wagas” now showing before “Eat Bulaga” which pairs her with sweetheart Jak Roberto. It started airing last week and the feedback is great and the ratings are so encouraging that GMA management quickly decided to extend its run for two months instead of just the usual one month. This is their follow up project after “Kara Mia” on primetime. Is there any advantage of her and BF Jak working together now?
“Oo naman,” says Barbie. “Kasi may nag-aalaga sa akin sa taping, di ba? At this point, wala na kaming ilangan at all, kasi very comfortable na kami sa isa’t isa.”
“Ang maganda rito sa ‘Wait Lang’, unlike ‘Kara Mia’ na drama-fantasy, romcom siya at hindi kami nalalayo sa characters namin, kaya mas masarap siyang laruin,” adds Jak. “It also helps that our director, Denver Gelera, is open to suggestions so nagkakatulungan kami para mas mapaganda ang show.”
Someone asked if they don’t get tired of being with each other all the time. “Hindi naman kasi meron din naman kaming alone time for ourselves. We know kung kailan 'yung time namin to be together at kung kailan 'yung we’re on our own, lalo na ako kasi most of the time, ako yung nasa harap ng kamera interacting with my two aunts in the story, Tina Paner and Yayo Aguila, and with my best friend, Ayra Mariano as Bane,” says Barbie.
“Sabi ng iba, baka maumay kayo sa isa’t isa, pero hindi namin napi-feel 'yun,” says Jak. “Habang tumatagal, mas nai-inspire namin ang isa’t isa. Aside from this, magkasama rin kami sa ‘Sunday Pinasaya’, e.”
What do they find to be each other’s most endearing qualities? “Definitely, 'yung respeto niya sa parents ko," says Barbie. “Doon mo makikita na he has good manners kasi nagpasintabi muna siya sa magulang ko. And now, they really get along fine. Hindi na nga ako laging sinasamahan ng parents ko sa tapings kasi nandun naman siya at malaki ang tiwala nila sa kanya. Alam din nilang hindi kami mahilig lumabas o gumimik. Ang libangan lang namin, manood ng sine. Like right after this presscon, manonood kami ng ‘Joker’ sa Trinoma. Mga ganun lang. At si Jak, he’s not the type na nagpakitang-gilas nung naniligaw siya, putting his best foot forward. Now, after two years, I can say na he’s getting better and better at natural talaga sa kanya ang pagiging gentleman.”
And what does Jak appreciate in Barbie? “Una sa lahat, 'yung hindi siya nananakal, unlike other girlfriends who can be domineering or controlling. Siya, very supportive lang, very caring. Ayaw na ayaw niyang nagmo-motorcycle ako kasi she’s scared for my safety. But then, binili pa rin niya ako ng magandang helmet and gloves for my protection daw kapag nagmo-motor ako. Very open din siya, she expresses what she feels, kung ano ang gusto niya, kung ano ang ayaw niya, so nagkakaintindihan kami talaga.”
The fact that they really get swimmingly fine is very evident in their scenes together in “Wait Lang… Is This Love?” where they play Mayumi and Eugene, childhood friends who grow up together but have a hard time acknowledging their love for each other. No wonder that their new show is capturing the heart of more and more viewers every day.