Barbie Imperial has come a long way since entering Kuya’s house for Pinoy Big Brother 737. Although she didn’t go on to snag the title of Big Winner, things have been looking up for her now. She is all set for her debut as one of the Kapamilya network’s newest prized leading lady. In the latest installment of Precious Heart Romances, entitled “Araw Gabi”, she will be playing the role of the bright and honest-to-god Michelle opposite JM de Guzman who will be portraying Adrian.
Barbie and JM went through different workshops to perfect their chemistry. There was even one where they could only make sounds, instead of saying actual words to communicate. But even before the rundown of workshops, Barbie admitted that she had to lose weight for the role.
“Noong unang audition ko para sa ‘Araw Gabi’, medyo may laman pa ko noon. Hindi ako nabalikan ng RSB Unit kung ako na ba talaga o hindi.” This was what prompted the young actress to make the decision to go on a diet. She felt disappointed in herself because the role needed someone sexy and the other actresses initially vying for the role fit that description. Fortunately, she found motivation in the hopes of providing for her family and the simple fact that she enjoys her work.
When the part was finally in Barbie’s hands, she came face to face with pressure. She was all praises for the talented cast and brilliant directors, especially for her leading man. As daunting as her role is, she still managed to use the pressure to improve herself, “Mas okay din ‘yung may halong kaba.”
The 19-year-old actress also said that this character was relatable to her because they both have the drive to help their family, “Si Michelle, hindi sila nagkakalayo ni Barbie. Lahat gagawin namin para sa pamilya.”
Barbie couldn’t help but feel awed and blessed for being a part of “Araw Gabi.” She shared that she never thought veterans in showbiz would be like her mentors. Among them are her on-screen parents Candy Pangilinan and Dennis Padilla, who are often her source of happiness. “Si Tito Dennis at Tita Candy, sobrang saya nila kasama. As in, ‘yung hindi ka na makakatulog kahit [inaantok] ka. Feeling mo mas buo ‘yung araw mo kung tatawa ka na lang.”
Barbie also revealed that she and JM developed a secret technique to help her cry on set. She didn’t say what it is exactly, only that it is related to something personal. “Sa isang araw kasi minsan sobrang dami ng iyakan scenes, medyo nahihirapan ako. [Kaya] may ginagawa kami na sobra niya kong napapaluha. Pero sa amin na lang ‘yun. Kasi nag-workshop kami, alam namin ‘yung hugot ng isa’t isa.”
“Araw Gabi” will finally suit up on Monday, April 30, as part of Kapamilya Gold. And fans can surely expect a memorable performance from rookie actress Barbie. Without a doubt, this is the big break that will solidify her place in the entertainment industry.