Matet reacts to her dramatic scenes in Huwag Kang Mangamba, speaks love for Seth

Matet de Leon was the “Best Friend ng Bayan” for some time, taking on mostly feel-good roles. But, in the inspirational series Huwag Kang Mangamba, she was able to prove her versatility and gave viewers a good cry as Rebecca, a simple mom and housewife who battled a chronic disease.

Kapamilya React dared Matet to look back at her most outstanding scenes and share trivia bits from the series. We begin with a clip of Rebecca breaking the news about her sickness to husband Tomas (Dominic Ochoa). One could easily note Rebecca’s vulnerability at that moment, thanks to her expressive eyes and convincing makeup look, which Matet did all by herself. “Mukha akong puyat! Ako ang nag-makeup sa sarili ko diyan kaya pagpasensiyahan n‘yo na.”

Despite her terrifying condition, Rebecca didn’t let go of her confidence in Bro or Jesus Christ. Matet made Rebecca’s unwavering faith truly mesmerizing, no one would notice her struggles off-cam. The Kapamilya actress is not a ‘Rebecca’ in real life, saying she sometimes suffers from anxiety because of “lack of faith.” That’s the first of many other challenges she had to cross for the role.

Besides that, Rebecca is meek and quiet, a contrast to her past portrayals. “Kung maaalala n’yo ‘yung characters ko sa mga previous shows, mataas ako eh, makulit. Dito, si Rebecca, she’s weak and soft-spoken. Medyo kakaiba siya sa mga roles na ginawa ko nung una.”

The next scene paints Rebecca’s steadfast spirit as she requests her family, Tomas and Pio (Seth Fedelin), to smile although she’s in bad shape. This hospital scene propelled their rapport on and off-screen. It may be her first project with Dominic but they easily worked on their chemistry.  

Matet has nothing but good, loving words for Seth. Although there was awkwardness at first, it’s impossible not to love the wonderful young man. “He’s a very good boy. Napakabait at magaling makisama kaya nagkaroon kami ng rapport agad.”

Seth is the first young star she’s become so close with. On why she’s so fond of Seth, Matet said she’s probably struck by longing for the son she lost in 2005. “I love Seth so much. Siguro nga dahil sa pangungulila ko doon sa aking anak na nawala. Kung nabuhay ‘yun, gusto kong maging katulad siya ni Seth. So nabuhos ko sa kanya ‘yung sobrang love.”

This genuine affection toward Seth helped Matet ace the scene where Rebecca stormed to Deborah (Eula Valdes)’s house to search for Pio. “I lost my voice doing this scene. I hurt myself, my knee, doing my scene. But I gave it my best.”

“Usually, ang turo sa ibang artista, mag-isip ka ng malungkot o mag-backtrack ka sa buhay mo bago mo gawin ang eksena para makuha ang emosyon. This one, the emotions came from me imagining Seth getting hurt. Pinasok ko si Rebecca sa pagkatao ko nung gabing ‘yun. Nawalan ako ng boses. Pagod na pagod ako. Pero ‘yung tuwa ng staff sa akin pagkatapos, malaking reward sa akin,” said Matet, adding that she also prayed for her performance.  

On working with the younger cast, Matet believes they don’t need much advice about acting. The Gold Squad – Seth, Andrea Brillantes, Francince Diaz, and Kyle Echarri – knows how to deliver. Although as senior co-stars, they are willing to help when needed. “Everytime they need support for the scenes, if they need a hug or bulungan ng something, we are there to help. But the four of them are all good.”

She also reacted to a scene of Tomas apologizing to Rebecca and Pio after his failed attempt to kill Diego (Rafael Rosell). It was the scene that signalled Tomas’ change of heart, and Matet was all praise for Dominic. She saw him diligently preparing for that scene, which they pulled off in a single take. “Walang cut, dire-diretso. We had to support and help each other. Si Seth, I had to hug him before the scene kasi kaming dalawa ‘yung huling papasok, para makuha ‘yung emosyon for this scene”

Asked her favorite touching moment in the series, Matet recalled Mira (Andrea Brillantes) and Joy (Francine Diaz)’s resurrection scene. “Kinilabutan ako doon! ‘Yung namatay ‘yung dalawang bata tapos biglang tumunog ‘yung kampana. Ayan! Kinikilabutan na naman ako!” It was special also because it marked the start of miraculous events in Hermoso.

As Mira and Joy defied death, Rebecca also received a second lease on life because of her unshakeable faith. Matet herself was inspired by Rebecca’s character and she hopes viewers are also reminded of Bro’s presence. “God is always there. Nakikinig talaga Siya sa mga dasal natin. Lakasan at tibayan mo lang ang pananampalataya.”

Don’t miss the remaining episodes of Huwag Kang Mangamba The Healing Finale, weeknights, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.