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Kakai Bautista describes her “has been” character in ‘Oh My Korona’ as a reflection of artists who cannot accept that they’re past their prime

Bautista also pointed out that she never reached her prime as an actress, making it a struggle for her to give advice as to how an artist should react upon such realization.

Actress-comedienne Kakai Bautista explained on Wednesday, August 3, that the role she will be playing in the upcoming TV5 sitcom Oh My Korona is a relatable character, especially to artists.

She will be playing Marga, a washed-out actress who cannot accept that she is already past her prime. The series stars Maja Salvador, Joey Marquez, RK Bagatsing, Pooh, Christine Samson, Jai Agpangan, Queenay Mercado, Guel Espina, Jessie Salvador, and Thou Reyes.



During the virtual media conference of the show, Bautista had a hard time explaining such feelings, specifically with the status of career is at the moment.

She pointed out that she never came close to being a star, arguing that she is a “character actress.” 

It means that she is not an antagonist or a protagonist in a story but only a side character.

“Kumbaga ang bini-build ko talaga, ini-establish ko sa mundo natin, is a character actress. So alam ko sa sarili ko na pagdating man ng araw, tumaba man, tumanda man, kumulubot ang mukha ko, hindi ako mawawalan ng trabaho. Kasi andoon lang ako sa gitna eh. Character lang ako. P’wede mo akong ilagay dito, kahit saan.”

The artist felt that being “in the middle” allows her to continue working for longevity.

“Para sa akin ang sarap noon kasi feeling ko hindi ako mawawalan ng trabaho. So hindi ko nafi-feel na nalaos ako or narating ko ba ang peak. Basta! Ang importante sa akin ay may trabaho.”

Bautista also pointed out that she never reached her prime as an actress, making it a struggle for her to give advice as to how an artist should react upon such realization.

“Naku! Hindi ko naman nararamdaman na laos ako. Kasi hindi naman ako umabot talaga sa peak.”

However, based on her character Marga, the actress-comedienne explained that accepting such truth depends on a person. In terms of playing Marga, she does not realize that she either never reached her peak or has become famous.

“So iyong character ni Marga dito eh isa siya sa mga klase ng naging artista na akala niya, iyon na ‘yun. Naabot na niya, hindi na makakalimutan ng mga tao ‘yung ginawa niya. Pero iyong ningning ng kanyang pagiging artista ay wala na. So iyon ang hindi niya matanggap,” she said.

She continued, “May mga ibang artista siguro na hindi ganoon na kaningning ang kanilang mga bituin pero tanggap naman nila. Pero kasi sa character ni Marga, hindi niya matanggap ang ganoon.”

She assured that as the show progresses, the audience will see enlightenment as to what will happen to Marga, hoping that she will eventually accept the harsh truth.

“Siguro eventually matatanggap din niya na hindi na talaga, wala na talaga siyang pag-asa na makabalik sa peak. Mare-realize siguro niya na hindi naman talaga siya dumating sa peak. Nasa utak niya lang na dumating siya sa peak pero hindi pala.”

This will also be a relatable character knowing that the entertainment industry is a cruel one.

“So siguro marami talagang makaka-relate. Kasi iba-iba naman kasi ang pagtanggap natin ng tinatawag na word na kasikatan eh. Kasi mayroon namang talagang sumikat pero hindi nila natatanggap na sikat sila. Pero ‘yung iba, akala nila sikat lang sila,” noted Bautista.



Oh My Korona will begin its pilot episode on Saturday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m.

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