Why KC enjoys doing offbeat roles

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Aug 13 2014 04:13 PM | Updated as of Aug 14 2014 12:13 AM

KC Concepcion in a promotional photo for "Ikaw Lamang"

MANILA -- Actress KC Concepcion doesn't mind playing an offbeat role when she returns to primetime TV with ABS-CBN's hit series "Ikaw Lamang."

In Book 2 of the drama series, Concepcion plays Natalia, the daughter of Franco, who is now being portrayed by Christopher de Leon.

Talking to reporters on Tuesday at a press conference for "Ikaw Lamang," she described her character as "not totally good, not totally bad."

"I'm very happy to be playing this kind of character," Concepcion said. "This is the kind of role I really love to do: offbeat. It's very different , very interesting and very nice to play with," she added.

Apart from the role, Concepcion said she is also grateful to be be working with "respected" actors, citing De Leon and Coco Martin.

"Kinabahan talaga ako at first," she said. "'Di ko kasi alam ang technique kung ano ang magiging attack ni Tito (Christopher de Leon), ano ang magiging style, kakayanin ko ba. Kasi kailangan mong mag-blend sa pag-atake sa sa scenes so maganda 'yung naging discovery ko."

This is not the first time Concepcion and De Leon have been cast in a project as they previously shared scenes in "Lovers in Paris."

That's why De Leon can confidently state how proud he is of Concepcion's performance in "Ikaw Lamang."

"The first time na nagkaroon kami ng eksena ni KC, she's a lot different now. She's very into it. Kasi the last time, wala kaming masyadong eksena we did Lovers In Paris" but this
time she's very serious with what she's doing. And she made me feel like I am her father and she was so sweet that time. Every scene we make ganoon na din ako, I look at her like my daughter. Medyo ang ganda ng chemistry. So far, so good," the award-winning veteran actor said.

Working with Coco

As for lead star, Coco Martin, Concepcion only has good words to share.

"Sobrang maalaga, sobra. As in to the point na tuwing tatayo ako, tuwing uupo ako, nakaalalay siya. Hindi ko alam kung may radar siya or something but sobrang maalaga at sobrang tutok sa scenes, sa details na nangyayari sa bawat eksena. Sobrang nirerespeto ko siya," Concepcion said.

Asked if she feels intimidated with Martin, Concepcion said: "Si Coco po kasi ay team player, 'yun ang pinaka-pinaka ina-admire ko kay Coco, sobrang team player. Sobrang importante kasi 'yung ganoon, 'yung naangat lahat so mararamdaman mo talaga na to the point na kapag show ni Coco 'sana kasama ako' kasi alam mong ta-trabahuin niya talaga ang bawat eksena at i-encourage ka niya. Never mong mararamdaman na siya lang 'yung nasa show o pabida siya."

For his part, Martin admitted that he had mixed feelings working with the actress.

"Una, siyempre na excite kasi siyempe KC Concepcion 'yan. May takot din kasi hindi pa kami ganap na magkakilala. First time naming magkatrabaho ar hindi ko alam kung paano siya katrabaho," Martin said, noting that they shot their first scene together just last Monday.

"Nakakatuwa na nakikipag-collaborate siya, lumalabas siya sa tent, nakikipagkwentuhan sa amin, sa director at sa staff. Kung baga pinapakita niya 'yung interest at dedication sa proyekto. Kasi nauna kami, inaalam niya kung paano kayo magtrabaho so ini-explain namin sa kanya at gina-guide namin siya nila direk. Kumbaga tulungan," he added.

"Nakakatuwa kay KC hindi porke nanalo na siya ng best actress o KC Concepcion na siya eh 'alam ko na yan' siya. Willing siyang matuto."

"Ikaw Lamang" airs weeknights after "Hawak Kamay."