With a career spanning three decades, Cherry Pie Picache is certainly able to cement her reputation as among the greatest and most celebrated actresses in the country. Through the years, she has astounded us with her compelling portrayals on movies and TV, with several of those being regarded by various award-giving bodies.
Thus, in this special episode of Kapamilya React, we invited her to be the reactor on her own teleserye performances and to divulge a few things we might not know yet regarding those roles, as well as her memorable experiences while doing those projects.
First off was the 2009 primetime drama Tayong Dalawa, wherein she took on the character of Marlene Dionision-Garcia, the long-lost biological mother of Coco Martin’s Ramon D. Lecumberri. The snippet shown to her was that scene wherein their characters broke down upon the demise of Lola Gets, the remarkable role played by Ms. Gina Pareño.
She couldn’t help but gush over how young she and Coco were during that time and imparted that it’s one of her most favorite works ever, calling it a “classic teleserye” as they’re able to attract all levels of audiences and boasted a star-studded cast ensemble.
Next up was Florinda, a 2009 drama based from the 1973 Susan Roces film of the same title and was part of the weekly mini-series dubbed Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Cinema Collection. Far from her loving nature in Tayong Dalawa, Cherry Pie played the role of a deranged woman named Criselda who assaulted the titular character played by Maricel Soriano and had a hidden obsession towards Florinda’s husband Ramil (Jay Manalo). She also went to impart how she prepared for that certain intense scene.
The 2014 romantic drama Ikaw Lamang was next, wherein she had the chance to work again with Coco Martin, Jake Cuenca, and Kim Chiu and be Coco’s on-screen mom anew as she depicted Elena Severino-Hidalgo.
When asked what’s more difficult between bida and kontrabida to portray in a series, the 50-year-old veteran actress found it hard to choose as both have their own strengths. She went on to share that among all the younger artists that became her on-screen offspring, she would always love working with the three aforementioned actors, and how seeing them grow and mature in their craft makes her feel great.
And last, but definitely not the least, was her notable portrayal of the doting lesbian mother Jacqueline “Tita Jack” Fausto in the hit phenomenal series On The Wings Of Love. She disclosed what her reaction was when the project was pitched to her and how it feels awesome that people still recognize her as that character although it’s already been five years since that was aired.
“Actually, no’ng inoffer sa’kin ‘yong lesbian character sa On The Wings Of Love, ang unang tanong ko sa kanila, “So, papaano?” I had no idea talaga on how to make it work. Portraying a lesbian character, ‘yon, okay ‘yon, ‘di ba? Pero kung nanay na lesbian character tapos madi-discover, tapos Tita nina JaDine na magma-matchmaker. Sabi ko, ‘paano ko lahat pagsasama-samahin ‘yon?’ it’s wonderful kasi na hanggang ngayon, isa ‘yon talaga sa most loved characters na ginawa ko sa teleserye. Hanggang ngayon, maraming-maraming tao pa rin na tinatawag akong ‘Tita Jack’,” she recalled.
Cherry Pie also went on to recount a few of her memorable experiences while doing the show, and the physical pain she had to go through in every shoot as she had to put bandage on her chest to make it look flat.
So, what’s your most favorite teleserye portrayal of the acclaimed and sought-after actress?