Gladys plants to put a school for aspiring contravidas

October 06, 2019
Gladys Reyes

GLADYS Reyes is so thankful to GMA-7 as she is never without a regular show for a long time, such that she sometimes appear in two or three shows a year, like “Little Nanay”, “Poor Senorita”, “Inday Will Always Love You”, “TODA One I Love” and now, the latest is “Madrasta”. Aside from this, she’s a frequent guest in shows like “Dear Uge”, “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko”, “Tadhana” and even “Imbestigador” and “Wish Ko Lang”. In other words, she’s really “mabentang-mabenta”.  

“Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa GMA for all their support,” she says. “I can feel love nila talaga ako kaya naman I give my best in every show I do for them. Katulad dito sa ‘Madrasta’, mabait ang role ko rito as the mother of Juancho Trivino. Pareho kaming doktor ng anak ko rito. Ang contravida rito is si Almira Muhlach, siya 'yung greedy mother ni Thea Tolentino, first wife ni Juancho, who’ll both do everything for their own selfish goals.”

No doubt she now ranks as one of our best screen villains, along with best contravidas of the 60s like Bella Flores, Carol Varga and Zeny Zabala. Her wish now is to be given the chance to do a project with other renowned contravidas who are still around, like Celia Rodriguez, Cherie Gil, Jean Garcia, Eula Valdez, Dimples Romana and even younger ones like Kyline Alcantara and Thea Tolentino.

“Dream project ko talaga 'yun,” she adds. “Contravidas from different generations working together in a fun movie na hindi serious kundi may pagka-comedy na magtatarayan sila-sila, magsasampalan, magsasabunutan.  Di ba riot 'yun? Maloloka ang viewers sa pagtatarayan namin sa bawat isa. Sana, matuloy.”

She also dreams of having her own school for contravidas. “I want to share 'yung 35 years of experience ko playing villain roles mula noong child actress pa akong malditang anak ni Ate Vi sa ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’ and the young Lorna Tolentino in ‘Nakagapos na Puso’ hanggang sa five years kong inaapi at pinahihirapan si Judy Ann Santos sa ‘Mara Clara’ on TV. 'Yung wide experience ko sa pagko-contravida, gusto ko namang i-share ngayon sa aspiring contravidas. Dapat, alam mo rin na kung hindi ka pambida, mag-contravida ka na lang dahil madalas na mas tumatagal ang careers ng mga nagko-kontra kaysa roon sa puro lead roles lang ang ginagawa.”