NEW Kapuso actresses Kate Valdez and Mikee Quintos are thankful to be part of the hit primetime drama, “Onanay”. “Noong magsisimula pa lang ang taping, we were both intimidated kasi puro magagaling ang co-stars namin like Nora Aunor, Cherie Gil and with Gina Alajar directing us,” says Kate. “Paano kung lamunin na lang kami sa eksena?”
“But it turned out puro sila mababait,” adds Mikee. “Talagang tinutulungan kami para makaarte kami nang tama sa bawat eksena.”
What do they think is the reason why “Onanay” clicked with the viewers? “Kasi hindi siya 'yung usual soap na puro bangayan, may catfight,” says Mikee. “‘Onanay’ is a truly engaging family drama talaga.”
“It’s all about a different kind of love,” says Kate. “Kasi ang mother namin ditong si Onay has achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder kaya hindi siya tumangkad and becomes the object of ridicule by some cruel people. Pero hindi siya nagpatalo. Kaming dalawa ang naging anak niya at ipaglalaban niya talaga ang mother’s love niya for us. It remains pure and unconditional.”
Kate actually appears more like a contravida in “Onanay” as Natalie because she refused to recognize Onay (Jo Berry) as her mom since her mind was poisoned by her paternal grandma, Cherie Gil as Helena.
“Alam kong maraming naiinis sa’kin dahil sa mga kamalditahang ginagawa ko sa story, but okay lang kasi it means I’m effective ako sa acting ko bilang inggiterang si Natalie,” she says. “As Ms. Cherie Gil says, okay ang ginagawa ko and I’m doing my job well. Sa ngayon, I’m staying with my mom Onay and with Mikee as Maila at siyempre, hirap na hirap akong mag-adjust kasi nasanay ako sa marangyang buhay with my grandma Helena. Abangan nyo kung saan ako makakatagal sa ganitong setup.”
Both Mikee and Kate deny reports that they have a rivalry as the two younger actresses in the show. “Wala, wala pong ganun,” says Mikee. “Suportahan kaming lahat para sa ikagaganda ng show.”
“Mikee and I are good friends noon pa mang ‘Encantadia’ days namin na siya si Lira at ako si Mira,” says Kate. “Happy nga kaming nagkasama kami uli sa isang show dito sa ‘Onanay’ na sana, magtagal sa ere.”