Isabelle finds it hard to play ‘bad’

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016. Filed under: Entertainment Filipino Stars Film
ISABELLE De Leon (MNS photo)

ISABELLE De Leon (MNS photo)

ISABELLE De Leon won several best child actress awards for her role as the paraplegic sister of Jiro Manio in the internationally-acclaimed movie, “Magnifico”, in 2003. She stayed with GMA7 for many years as a child star as one of Vic Sotto’s daughters in “Daddy Di Do Du.” As a teen star, she did a lot of shows with TV5.

But now, 13 years later, she’s back on GMA7 as the daughter of Gina Alajar who maltreats Louise delos Reyes in the new GMA Afternoon Prime soap, “Magkaibang Mundo” which airs after “Eat Bulaga”.

“It’s nice to be back as a Kapuso dahil dito naman talaga ako lumaki,” she says. “I welcome playing my first contravida role.

Mahirap pala. Nasanay akong ako ang inaapi even as a child actress. Eh ngayon, akong nang-aapi kay Louise at hirap na hirap ako kapag kailangan ko siyang saktan, lalo na noong kailangan kong sabunutan siya at ingudngod ang mukha niya. Sorry ako nang sorry sa kanya before and after the take. Buti na lang very professional siya at okay lang na totohanin ko ang pananakit sa kanya para sa ikagaganda ng eksena.”

It’s good TV5 let go of her after she did several stories for their “Wattpad Presents” where she played lead roles. “Wala naman po akong contract with them and, lately, di ba Viva took over? Wala namang project for me so sumubok naman ako sa GMA and I’m so glad nabigyan ako ng show rito.”

Has she heard of what happened to Jiro, who was her kuya in “Magnifico”? “Yes, nun pa lang makita siya wandering sa airport, may nag-tag na sa akin. Nagulat ako and I asked my dad na puntahan namin siya agad sa NAIA. But nung papunta na kami, we learned nakuha na raw siya ng mga pinsan niya.         So hinayaan na lang namin kasi, siyempre, pamilya niya ‘yun. I felt so sad kasi halos sabay kaming lumaki. Kahit wala kaming masyadong komunikasyon, concerned pa rin ako. I was so thankful nang tulungan siya ni Tita Ai Ai (de las Alas.)  Pinuntahan namin siya once sa bahay nila, pero wala roon at  kina Tita Ai Ai nga raw. Sana naman, maging okay na siya uli kasi magaling siyang actor, he deserves a second chance. Sana huwag siyang basta husgahan agad ng mga tao.”

Isabelle has the looks of a lead actress. She can also act and sing well. We hope she’ll be given better roles and projects now that she’s a Kapuso actress. (MNS)

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