Alessandra De Rossi recently reflected on the projects being offered to her since she started acting.
On Twitter, De Rossi shared ‘that Princess Sarah‘ was what inspired her to become an artist when she was still a child. She dreamt of landing protagonist roles, however, it seems like she was meant for ‘kontrabida’ characters.
On May 25, she posted, “Ginusto kong mag-artista dahil kay princess sarah. Sabi ko, “kayang kaya ko iarte yan!” but no… Miss Minchin napunta sa akin na roles.”
— alessandra de rossi (@msderossi) May 25, 2020
The 35-year-old actress started acting at a young age. In 2005, she was picked to portray the iconic character of “Valentina,” the villainess in the legendary comic fantasy series “Darna” starring Angel Losin in the titular role.
Since then, she has been portraying ‘kontrabida’ roles for about ten years of her career as an artist.
In 2017, Preview shared a video of the “Kita Kita” star where she mentioned how she wanted to be a ‘Bida.’ The nearly two-minute video showed the actress’s refreshingly funny character.
Even though her name was known for her antagonist roles on both TV and films, the ‘Through Night and Day’ star decided to quit being a ‘kontrabida.’
Back in 2016, Alex admitted that she was not really keen on playing ‘kontrabida’ roles as the characters she played has turned her into a “monster” that everyone hates in the eyes of the public.
“Ginawa na lang [akong] monster. Wala na akong nagawa to inspire anyone to be better,” she said in an interview on “Tonight with Boy Abunda.”
In February, Alex shared that she still receives TV project offers which she chose to turn down as she is only given the same kontrabida’ role, which is the reason she does not miss doing a TV series.
“So, hanggang ngayon, yun pa rin yung offer. So, hindi ko talaga namimiss,” she said in an interview.
She then recalled doing a kontrabida scene in one of her past shows which became a wake-up call for her to stop being an antagonist.
“Alam mo kung saan ako gumive up, di ko na sasabihin anong show, naka-wheelchair yung nanay ng bida for the rest of her pagtanda.
“Tapos doon sa sobrang inggit ko sa bida, hindi ko na alam kung anong gagawin kong mga ways para saktan siya, kailangan ko itulak yung nanay niya ng naka-wheelchair.
“Sabi ko, ‘Hindi ko na kaya! Give up na po ako. Ginawa ko na po lahat pero di ko na kaya ito.’
“Tapos, cut to tumanda ka na, nambubugbog ka naman ng bata ngayon! Sabi ko, sorry, hindi ko na kaya talaga.”
Alex had the chance to play the lead after teaming up with Empoy Marquez in the hit 2017 blockbuster movie, Kita Kita, which earned her the title of the ‘next leading lady’ allowing her to get out of that ‘kontrabida’ box.
“So, thank God for Kita Kita, thank God for VIVA, binigyan nila ako ng chance to produce my own content na hindi ko na kailangang um-oo ng um-oo sa mga ayaw kong gawin.
“Kasi everyday sila napapanood ng mga tao ng walang moral lesson, ayoko.”
Alex started her career 20 years ago on the classic horror-comedy television series !Oka Tokat. She won Best Supporting Actress at the FAMAS Awards for her role in Azucena (2001). At the age of 16, and garnered critical acclaim for Mga Munting Tinig (2002).
The actress has also been in international projects like the Singaporean horror film “The Maid” in 2005 and Taiwanese dramedy Pinoy Sunday in 2009.
Her latest international film project was Watch List, a drama-action depicting the drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte, where she was handpicked to play as a mother-turned-vigilante by Indian-American filmmaker Ben Rekhi.