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Jillian tries action in new fantasy series

October 5, 2023 Mario Bautista 413 views

Kitten1Kitten2JILLIAN Ward is currently tagged as Star of the New Gen and as Queen of Daytime Drama as her current GMA Afternoon series, “Abot Kamay na Pangarap” continues to skyrocket to high ratings for more than one year now.

“Yes, one year na po kaming nagdadrama and people now, when they see me, they call me Doctora Annalyn, my name in the series,” she says. “At maraming nagsasabing parents na natutuwa sila kasi naiimpluwensiyahan ko raw ang mga anak nila to be good daughters at para kumuha rin ng medicine in college.”

She now also stars in the new season of “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko” in the four-episode “Captain Kitten” that starts airing this Saturday, 6:15 PM. A presscon was held for her with co-stars Gabby Eigenmann (as the main villain, Dr. Tom), Kim Perez and Shuvee Etrata in attendance. Also in the cast are Archie Alemania and Angela Alarcon.

“I got excited when they told me I’ll be back in ‘Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko’ kasi I started with it as a child star six years ago in 2017,” she says. “Ang kasama pa namin noon was si Lola Gloria Romero, who I really miss. Our new episode is ‘Captain Kitten’ and I play the title role, a student na nabigyan ng special powers para maging superhero to help animals na naaapi.”

She says doing “Captain Kitten” is such a welcome break for her. “Kasi one year na akong nagdadrama sa ‘Abot Kamay na Pangarap’, so this show is a welcome break for me. Pinaghalo itong action and fantasy. Yes, may fight scenes ako rito and may action stunts ding ginawa. Yung mga suntok, sipa ginawa ko talaga myself kasi gusto kong ma-experience.”

Didn’t she get a double? The show’s director, Rico Gutierrez, answers for her: “Yung makikita nyo sa action scenes dito, si Jillian talaga yun. Ayaw niyang dayain.”

“Meron naman pong fight instructors to help me kasi hindi ako sanay sa mga ganoong eksena,” says Jillian. “At siempre, may safety measures din para hindi magkasakitan. Pero after each action scene, talagang pagod na pagod ako sa taping, but it’s all worth it. Ang sarap palang mag-action.”

In real life, is she close to her lola? “Yes, sa lola ko sa mother’s side. I really have good times with my lola kasi sila ni mama ang nagpalaki sa akin. Very close ako sa kanya kasi madalas ko siyang nakaka-bonding as I was growing up and I have many good childhood memories with her.”

Lately though, she became so busy taping for both ‘Abot Kamay na Pangarap’ and ‘Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko’. “I’m at work the whole week kaya, sa ngayon bihira ko na siyang makakuwentuhan, dahil nga busy ako lagi sa taping. Regular siyang nanonood ng ‘Abot Kamay na Pangarap’ and, this time, I’ll make sure manood din siya ng ‘Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko’ kasi alam kong magugustuhan niyang panoorin na nag-action ako rito.”

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