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Thea Tolentino continues to evolve as actress, earning experience by dabbling in different villain roles

Thea Tolentino has no qualms doing kontrabida roles, believing these suit her well.

Thea Tolentino

“Kasi I believe hindi naman talaga tayo pure na mabait. At some point, mayroon din tayong bad side, so para sa akin mas naipapakita ko ’yun sa pagiging kontrabida,” she told Bulletin Entertainment.

After winning the reality hit series “Protégé” in 2012, Thea had played antagonist six times. In fact, this early, many believe the actress will be the next sought-after Kapuso villain.

“Okay lang sa akin na puro kontrabida (roles) kasi marami akong natututunan, tsaka mas nag-e-enjoy talaga ako sa pang-aapi,” she shared, laughing.

She doesn’t have any problem getting bashers for her portrayals saying, “At least I know na effective ’yung pagganap ko.”

Doesn’t she worry people might think she is “masama ang ugali” in real life?

“Hindi naman po,” she shot back. “Kasi role lang naman po ’yun. Tsaka I’m sure ’yung mga taong talagang nakakakilala sa akin, alam naman nila na kahit papano, iba naman ’yung ugali ko sa mga roles na pino-portray ko.”

Thea will play antagonist role on the upcoming afternoon series “Haplos.” She plays Lucille, a sexy promo girl who uses her looks to her advantage.

Thea distinguished Lucille from her previous characters.

“Eto kasi may powers siya eh. So hindi lang siya basta masama, may mga rituals din siyang gagawin para makuha niya ’yung gusto niya,” she explained.

According to the 20-year-old actress, she seeks advice from the production team.

“Unang-una naman po diyan binabasa ko ’yung script, tapos magtatanong ako kung paano ko maiiba ’yung style ng pagiging kontrabida ko,” she shared. “Team effort din po siya, kasi kung ako lang po, nahihirapan din po ako.”

Joining Thea on the series are Rocco Nacino, Sanya Lopez, and Pancho Magno.

Thea has good words for Sanya, whom she considers a good friend. The two first worked on the drama series “The Half Sisters.”

“Nakakatuwa kasi magkakasama naman kami kasi masarap makipag-trabaho kapag close mo ’yung kasama mo ’di ba?,” she said. “And ako sobrang proud ako kay Sanya kasi ang daming magagandang nangyayari sa career niya, so sana tuloy-tuloy lang.”
“Haplos” starts airing July 10 on GMA Afternoon prime.

No to sexy shoot
Thea already appeared on two teleseryes wearing swimsuit but despite this, the actress said she is still not open to do sexy pictorials.
She revealed receiving an offer to pose for a certain men’s magazine.

“Nahihiya po ako sa ganyang pictorials. Feeling ko hindi pa po ako ready sa mga ganyan,” she said.

Thea said she is not confident in flaunting her body despite getting positive on her figure.

“’Yung mag-swimsuit nga po nahihiya na ako, mag-pose pa kaya sa magazine. Kulang pa po ako sa confidence talaga at I think masyado pa akong bata para sa ganun,” she maintained.

Still, Thea isn’t closing her doors on anything.

“As much as possible po kasi wholesome ang gusto kong image,” she noted. “Pero let’s see, open naman po ako sa mga posibilidad na pwedeng mangyari in the future.”

Steady in love

Thea said everything is going well between her and boyfriend Mikoy Morales.

It was only this year when the two publicly shared their four-year relationship though Thea insisted they never hid their relationship.
“Okay naman ’yung relasyon namin,” she said. “Actually hindi ko naman siya tinatago, it’s just that hindi lang kami ’yung tipo ng ipinapaalam ’yung lahat ng nangyayari sa relasyon namin.”

According to Thea, it is better for them to have a quiet relationship.

“Basta kami lumalabas kami ng magkasama, never naman kami nagtago. Basta tahimik lang kami, kung makita ng mga tao, okay lang,” she noted.

Does she want to work with Mikoy on a teleserye, we asked.

“Parang weird, awkward po,” she said, laughing.

She related how they seemingly had a hard time working in one episode of “Maynila.”

Mikoy had done gay roles recently. Thea is fine with it.

“Okay lang siyempre as an actor, kung kailangan niyang gawin, gagawin,” she said. “Hindi naman ako ’yung klase ng girlfriend na mahilig magbawal lalo na kapag po sa usaping trabaho.”

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