Kyline bullied by fans: ‘It made me stronger'

October 04, 2019
Kyline Alcantara

KYLINE Alcantara is glad to be launched in “Black Lipstick”, a movie that opens in theaters on October 9 and  tackles the serious issue of bullying, especially in schools. Kyline plays a young lady afflicted with the skin disease called vitiligo that changes the color of her skin. Because of this, the mean girls in their school make fun of her and endlessly oppresses her. In real life, has she ever experienced bullying?

“Ay opo,” she says. “I started auditioning in showbiz as a child actress at sa mga auditions, I was bullied not only by other child stars but also by their parents. Grabe kasi ang competition, e. Pati ang pagiging galing ko sa isang broken family, nilalait nila. Hindi raw ako magiging mabuting example sa ibang tao. So I can relate sa role ko sa ‘Black Lipstick’, which we call a millennial fairy tale kasi puro millennials kaming magkakasama rito.”

She says her dad left their family when she was still a little girl. “It affected me kasi nasasaktan ako kapag binu-bully ako dahil doon. But then, after ten years, nagkabalikan ang parents ko and now, I look at it as an experience that helped me become stronger. Nakatulong nga para mas tumibay ang samahan namin as a family.”

As much as possible, she no longer allows bashers and haters to affect her, even in social media. “While I was doing a mall show in Iloilo, may isang grupong nambastos talaga while I was performing. It’s a lesson learned for me and it made me stronger. Mas nakilala ko 'yung sarili ko and realized na as long as mahal mo ang sarili mo at alam mo ang capabilities mo, you should not allow yourself to be affected by ill-mannered people. Dedma na lang. Kaya itong ‘Black Lipstick’, makakatulong ito sa mga kabataan, both doon sa mga nabu-bully at 'yung nambu-bully, para makita nila ang bad effects ng bullying sa isang tao.”

No doubt her break out role where people first noticed her was in “Kambal Karibal” where she played the role of the possessed contravida girl Cheska/ Crisel. But it was also during this show that it was rumored that she and Miguel Tanfelix became an item, allegedly making Bianca Umali so jealous.

“The truth is nagulat kami sa ganyang tsismis,” she says. “Never akong inaway ni Bianca and up to now, maayos naman ang aming relasyon. We know the truth and sa positive lang kami lagi. Ako, personally, ayoko ng may kaaway na kahit sino, kasi hindi good vibes 'yan.”

In “Black Lipstick”, she gets to work with Snooky Serna as her mother and Migo Adecer and Manolo Pedroza as her leading men. So how is it working with them?

“I’m so thankful to Tita Snooky as my mom kasi very helpful siya sa akin,” she says. “I know she played the lead in ‘Blusang Itim’, the movie which inspired ‘Black Lipstick’. She’s very accommodating and she really guided me in interpreting my role. She shared many stories with me about her own experiences in life and her career. Isang tumatak sa’kin, yung sinabi niyang always be patient in everything. Huwag madaliin pati ang trabaho mo.”

How about Migo and Manolo? “I feel so comfortable with both of them kaya hindi kami nahirapan in our scenes together. Manolo was my leading man in ‘Inagaw na Bituin’ and he’s the real Chinito Cutie. Si Migo, nagkaroon ng image na Bad Boy but he’s really good. Nakasama ko naman siya sa Studio 7. They’re both very professional at magaan katrabaho so shooting the movie with them is a breeze.”