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Lorna Tolentino says she and Gabby Concepcion attained more depth in acting
by Bernie Franco | August 14, 2009 8:42 AM | 

After doing several movies years ago, Lorna Tolentino and Gabby Concepcion are reunited in ABS-CBN’s Dahil May Isang Ikaw, their first teleserye toether. The veteran actress noted that her and Gabby’s acting skills gained more depth through the years. “Nung huling nagsama kami ni Gabby noong ‘90s, so siguro marami na rin siyang karanasan sa buhay at marami na rin akong naranasan sa buhay,” Lorna began. “I feel talagang para sa akin, experience is the best teacher. Mas makakapag-deliver ka dahil sa pinagdaanan mo kung anuman ‘yung emosyon na hinihingi ng eksena. With Gabby ganun din eh, makikita mo naman din sa trailer [ng Dahil May Isang Ikaw] na parang ‘yung maturity nandoroon na rin.

Lorna confessed that she uses the sadness she feels about the loss of her husband, actor Rudy Fernandez, to perform dramatic and heavy scenes. “Napalaking bagay ‘yon. Actually, kapag alam kong ang eksenang involved napakahirap, I think of Rudy right away so siyempre koneksyon na ‘yon dahil kasunod non nagdadasal na ako sa Diyos,” she shared. “Alam mong masakit pero kailangan din sa artista na kahit ayaw mong balikan pero kailangan.”

It has been some time since she last acted in front of the camera and Lorna admitted that she had to adjust for the first few taping days. What she really found difficult were the long taping hours that sometimes lasted well into the next day. Right now, their taping days take place three times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Lorna revealed that what she misses about working with the Kapamilya network are the “exciting” roles that they give her, such as the one she played six years ago in Kaytagal Kang Hinintay where she had to play twins with contrasting personalities. People still remember her character up to this day and some would even approach her to ask when she is returning to TV. Aside from Dahil May Isang Ikaw, Lorna’s two-year contract with the Kapamilya network includes one more teleserye and a movie.

Of her co-stars in Dahil May Isang Ikaw, Lorna mentioned that she is very impressed with Jericho Rosales’s acting. She said that her co-star’s dedication to his work makes their scenes together a breeze. “With Echo madali sa akin na maramdaman ‘yung unang bigay na eksena,” revealed Lorna. “I think he’s a giving actor. Kumbaga hindi kanya pagtataguan ng kahit ano dahil sa umpisa pa lang, mararamdaman mo na agad [ang emosyon]. Rehearsal pa lang, nararamdaman mo na so mas madaling umangat ‘pag sa take na.”

Dahil May Isang Ikaw premieres on August 24. It also stars Kristine Hermosa, John Estrada, Chin-chin Gutierrez, Karylle, and Sid Lucero.

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