Lorna Tolentino embarks on complicated character in her return to ABS-CBN via the Dreamscape Entertainment drama Victims of Love.
This is Lorna’s first teleserye in ABS-CBN since Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin in 2011, in which she played Alondra, the surrogate mother of lead star Coco Martin’s character Xander. Since then she switched networks, starring in major TV dramas, before going back to the Kapamilya stable in 2014, starring alongside Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in the Star Cinema film Crazy, Beautiful You.
Victims of Love is her first teleserye appearance in three years.
While not going into details, she described her character as a “challenge” to portray as it develops from being good to a state she calls “not pure.”
“From being isang anak ng magsasaka, mahirap siya nagsimula, hanggang nagawa niya ang sarili niya maging on top,” Lorna said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN.com.
But something came in her way that totally changed her outlook.
“Pero medyo may (mga) konting (pangyayari) na hindi talaga (naging) pure na pure yung character. Meron siya pagka-konting gray (in between hero and villain), hindi black na black (purely villainous).”
Lorna said this deviate from the usual dichotomy of characters in heavy dramas.
“Kasi all the time, mas maganda gawin yung hindi white eh. Mas maganda gawin yung either black ka o gray ka. Actually black talaga yun, naging gray lang dahil nilalagyan natin ng rason kung bakit siya nagkakaganoon. Kung bakit naging evil yung character.”
According to Lorna, this being both a protagonist and antagonist that makes her role in Victims of Love “difficult.”
“Yun ang challenge. Lahat tayo we want to be good. In order to be happy in life, we should be a good person. Pero ang challenge naman (ang i-portray) ang taong hindi naging maayos is because sa dami na nangyari sa buhay niya, then siya naging black (villainous). Yun naman ang laging gusto panoorin ng tao. Mas merong fire.”
The cast of Victims of Love was revealed on Wednesday, March 15, with Lorna sharing lead credits with Angelica Panganiban, Julia Montes, Paulo Avelino, JC Santos, and Cherry Pie Picache.
“Challenging din kasi mga kasama ko pa lang mabibigat na. Alam mo talagang magagaling. Alam mo na talagang marami silang nagawa na talagang mahihirap na roles na surpass nila with flying colors.”
The story, she said, is also outstanding and provocative.
“It’s about love. Kailangan ito unang-una sa lahat,” she said.
No airing date has been announced, but Victims of Love is truly one of the most eagerly awaited Kapamilya dramas in 2017.