FIRST READ ON PEP: Anne Curtis fulfills childhood dream by playing mermaid in “Dyosa”
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
She is the goddess of the earth, sea, and sky. She is destined to restore balance to the universe. She is Dyosa, who will be played none other than Anne Curtis.
Through the help of ABS-CBN’s PR manager Lorelie Dionisio-Piravalasamy, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to visit Anne Curtis during the first official taping day of Dyosa. This fantaserye directed by Wenn Deramas pairs Anne with Sam Milby, Luis Manzano, and Zanjoe Marudo.
After traveling over four hours from ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City, we arrived at the Aqua Farm in Calatagan, Batangas, where Anne had just taped her scenes as a mermaid. Anne then moved to the Ivory Beach where she shot underwater scenes while wearing a golden fish tail. She was assisted by two divers while Boy Siojo and Richard Arellano facilitated the underwater scenes.
After shooting her underwater scenes, PEP was able to talk with Anne as she rested inside her airconditioned tent.
Anne has been very vocal in saying that she has always wanted to play a mermaid. What was her reaction when she learned that she would play a mermaid for Dyosa?
She shrieks, “Yes! I know, dream come true na ‘to, that’s why I’m so happy! I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid, it’s really something I wanted to do and finally, I’m given the opportunity. Kaya career ko talaga kasi feel na feel ko.”
Aside from playing a half-human, half-fish character, Anne will also transform into a centaur (half-human, half-horse), and a half-human with eagle wings.
“I’m the same person but with three different capabilities. She’s the goddess of the sea, of land, of air. It’s something I’m really excited about.”
When we saw Anne shooting her underwater scenes, she would emerge from the water appearing as if she were topless. Anne’s flawless skin is marred only by the faint bikini lines still visible on her back.
“It’s not what you think. It’s an illusion. Of course, lahat may takip. I have prosthetics. Sabi ko naman, I’m willing to do it just as long as it’s an illusion… it’s not the real thing. Kasi hindi ka naman makakaarte if you’re not comfortable, di ba? So I wanted to have something na kumportable naman ako.”
How did she prepare for her role as a mermaid?
“It helps talaga na beach person talaga ako. I only tried introductory scuba diving early this year, so nag-aral ako with the dive masters provided by the show. And they taught me how to do fin swimming, which is a sport now! It uses a monofin [to propel in the water].”
Is she ready to face critics who would compare her performance as a mermaid with GMA-7’s Dyesebel (played by Marian Rivera)?
“I think that’s only healthy competition naman and it’s inevitable naman sa business natin. Kahit nga hindi shows, may comparison kaagad yun. So ako naman, hayaan n’yo na, part naman yun ng industry. Expected na yun. That’s why I think you should give your best talaga para you don’t have any regrets.
“People may criticize our show, pero at least, I gave my best. Walang [second thoughts] ‘Sabi ko na nga ba, dapat I had to do this.’ I’m ready to accept whatever criticisms may come my way, or praises sana,” says Anne with a sweet smile.
There was a movie titled Diosa released in 1981, but Direk Wenn explained that this fantaserye has no relation to the Lorna Tolentino-starrer. In Diosa, LT portrayed an engkantada who exacts revenge on those who dared steal her precious jewels.
According to Wenn, this fantasy series was created especially for Anne. The lead character of Dyosa is an 18-year-old lass who is a descendant of Mariang Sinukuan and Bernardo Carpio. She is destined to rule the world of the upper Gods. But her discovery comes with a price—she must choose between fulfilling her destiny and the mortal whom she loves.
Anne Curtis’s Dyosa is expected to air in the third quarter of the year during ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.