After playing Sang’gre Pirena in “Encantadia” and “Mulawin vs. Ravena,” Glaiza de Castro, 30, is returning to the small screen. This time, she is playing the title character in the upcoming GMA Network series “Contessa.”
On January 12, 2018, I had the chance to ask de Castro about her role in “Contessa” during a dedication ceremony of Brawler’s Lab gym in Valenzuela City, Metro Manila, where she trains martial arts. Not known some of her fans, she has been training martial arts since she was in high school.
As an actress, Glaiza de Castro enjoys playing a character who fights. She enjoys doing her own stunts like what she did in “Encantadia” and refuses to use body doubles.
De Castro revealed that she was injured several times while taping fight scenes for “Encantadia.” A sword accidentally hit her forehead, which caused bleeding.
But for de Castro, having battle scars validates the importance of her martial arts training. When I asked her if she was able to apply martial arts in “Contessa,” she emphatically said yes.
“Contessa” is about seeking justice, de Castro revealed. She noted, “It is very empowering. I’m excited because this is a new challenge for me not only as an actor but as a person, as well.”
In terms of genre, “Encantadia” is a drama fantasy series while “Contessa” is a revenge drama series. What makes them different is that the former is more on action scenes while the latter is a heavy drama series, according to de Castro.
In “Contessa,” there are scenes depicting the title character in a pitiful condition but the good thing is that the character has much time to redeem herself, de Castro explained. She added that there are times that she, or her character for that matter, gets hurt but there are times that she gets to fight back, which is similar to the cycle of life.
Replacing “Ika-6 na Utos,” “Contessa” will premiere on March 19, 2018 on GMA Network. Watch my interview with de Castro here: