MANILA -- Anne Curtis was in tears on Thursday during a press conference announcing her as the latest actress to portray "Dyesebel," the iconic mermaid character created by "komiks" novelist Mars Ravelo.
Coming from what she referred to as a "tough year," the 28-year-old actress turned emotional when asked how she reacted to being given the role, which she only learned of Wednesday.
"It's overwhelming na pagkabalik po... I mean, 2013 was a tough year, it was really tough, so to come back this year and know that merong something na maganda mangyayari, [it's overwhelming]," Curtis said, her voice breaking.
Shortly before the press conference, Curtis sat down with ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual for a one-on-one interview, where she discussed the "dream role," taking on another mermaid character in "Dyosa" in 2008, and her commitment to being "the best Dyesebel yet."
Dumaual: Can you describe your emotion that finally, you're portraying Dyesebel?
Curtis: Sa ngayon, napaka-overwhelming and sobrang a great way to start 2014. Kakabalik ko lang and napakaganda na news na dumating sa akin. As in, this such a blessing talaga for me. Sobra lang akong excited! I can't even express sa words kung ano 'yung nararamdaman ko sa sobrang saya ko!
D: Sino ang mga gusto mong pasalamatan?
C: Well, of course, ABS-CBN. For people who... You know, 'yung Twitter account ko, the feed has been coming in. And even while I was in Canada (for vacation), wala akong kaalam-alam kasi, so parang you just read it, "Ah, kasama siguro ako sa mga nababanggit." So to find out when I got back... Wow, maraming salamat sa lahat ng ating mga followers and sa ating mga kababayan diyan who still have faith in me, thank you.
D: Sa resulta ng market research, namumukod-tangi ang pangalan mo. Ikaw talaga ang lumalabas na Dyesebel.
C: Wow naman. 'Yun na nga... Speechless. Sobrang salamat, thank you. Thank you for having that kind of faith in me and seeing me as your Dyesebel. (Laughs) That sounds so weird coming from my mouth!
D: You're very emotional about this.
C: Yeah! This is a major project and I think every girl's dream since you're a little girl is to become a mermaid. And "Dyesebel," kahit bago pa mag-"Dyosa" po, "Dyesebel" ay sobrang pangarap ko na. Binabanggit ko na po 'yan sa lahat ng mga interviews ko. Sabi ko, "Dream role? Dyesebel!" Pero imposible siya before eh! Biniyayaan naman ako ng "Dyosa" before, tapos ngayon naman pag banggit na "Dyesebel," wow! It's another dream come true.
D: Paano mo tinanggap noong unang sinabi sa'yo? What exactly was your emotion?
C: Shocked! As in, gulat po kasi, "Totoo ba 'to?" It was instantly talaga, "Yes! Opo! Of course!" 'Diba, sino ba namang hihindi na maging Dyesebel?
D: Ano 'yung kahulugan nito sa iyo ngayon, especially at this time, the start of the new year?
C: You know, it just goes to show na talagang ang 2014 is a time to start anew, it's a time to be happy, it's a time to accept lahat ng mga positive things that come into your life. And I'm just so thankful. Thank you so much talaga sa ABS-CBN for giving that kind of trust in me, at sa ating mga kababayan na ang tingin sa akin ay isang Dyesebel. Maraming, maraming salamat. It's so overwhelming!
D: It's an emotionally and physically taxing role. Handa ka na ba sa pagsisid?
C: I'm ready to swim! Sobra akong handa. It's every girl's dream, and kung nag-i-enjoy ko naman sa isang bagay, hindi naman iyon nakakapagod eh, kasi nag-i-enjoy ka. And I have a feeling, walang kapaguran 'to kasi ini-enjoy mo 'yung ginagaw mo eh.
D: Since this is your priority right now, may adjustments ba tayo sa "It's Showtime"?
C: I think pag-uusapan pa lang po 'yun kung paano pagsasabayan ang "It's Showtime" at "Dyesbel."
D: You have a solid supporting cast. Syempre, reunion project niyo ni Sam Milby.
C: Yes! And now with Gerald [Anderson]. So I'm very excited, sobrang natutuwa po ako kasi first time ko makakatrabaho si Gerald. That's something to look forward to. At syempre, alam kong meron din pa rin kaming following ni Sam, so maraming matutuwa din na mga fans. So maraming dapat abangan!
D: Again, ang pasasalamat natin, Anne.
C: Of course, maraming salamat ABS-CBN once again para sa binigay ninyong opportunity na 'to. At sa lahat ng mga nagbigay ng kanilang mga komento, nagbigay ng kanilang tiwala nila sa akin na kaya kong gampanan na maging Dyesebel, maraming, maraming salamat po. Pangako, gagawin ko ang lahat para maging the best Dyesebel for you!