Why Did Sylvia Sanchez Said Yes To “Senior High” Role?

Sylvia Sanchez recalls crying for the first time because of a role: “Na-drain talaga ako”

After a two-year hiatus from teleseryes, Sylvia Sanchez is back with yet another challenging role in the Kapamilya primetime series “Senior High.”

In the series, she plays Lydia, the lady security guard of Northford High who witnessed the death of Luna (Andrea Brillantes). She also plays the grandmother of a character played by Kyle Echarri.

Her last series was “Huwag Kang Mangamba (HKM),” where she played a mentally challenged beggar. Since then, she had taken a break from teleseryes.

During a special screening for “Senior High” on August 21 at ELJ Building’s screening room, FreebieMNL asked Sylvia why she said yes to this new show.

Sylvia starts with sharing the struggle she had while doing her role as Barang in her last series.

Sylvia says, “Nakaplano kasi talaga ako mag-stop right after ‘HKM’ kasi yung role ko doon, malala talaga as Barang. So, na-drain talaga ako.

“There was a time na—first time actually na nangyari sa buong buhay ko na umiyak ako off-cam, na sabi ko, ‘Lord, sorry, magtatanong ako pero pwede naman akong hindi magtrabaho, kaya ko namang hindi magtrabaho. Pero bakit ang hirap nito, nandito pa rin ako?

Nagtanong ako sa sobrang hirap, pero passion, e. Iba kapag nasa dugo mo, kahit sasabihin mong kaya mo nang hindi ka na mag-artista, kapag tinawag ka ng showbiz, yung passion mo, wala.

“Like ako, sinabi ko one year lang, umabot ng two years. ‘Tapos tinawagan ako ng Dreamscape, nag-usap kami ni Direk Erick Salud, yung role ko dito as Lydia, pagkasabi sa akin, nagustuhan ko.”

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According to Sylvia, the role is a far cry from the past projects she did, such as “Be Careful With My Heart,” “The Greatest Love,” “Hanggang Saan,” and “Pamilya Ko.”

As such, she has to change her look to fit the new role and bring something new to the table.

Pero ito, puso pa rin, lolang may puso pero may iba, ang laki ng pagbabago. Like, nagpagupit ako ng buhok.

Kasi gusto ko, sa loob ng two years na nawala ako, gusto ko may bago. Anong bago? Siyempre, unahin mo muna yung itsura mo kasi yun yung una makikita, e. And pangalawa, atakihin mo ng iba kasi doon na makikita every night.

“So, una, binago ko itsura ko, ‘Mukha na ba akong boy?’ So, ganun nangyari.

“Thank you naman kasi hanggang ngayon, pinagkakatiwalaan ako ng ABS, ng Dreamscape ng magandang role, di ba?”

Sylvia Sanchez

Sylvia will do action in “Senior High”

At press time, Sylvia cannot share more details about her character. But one thing that attracted her was the promise that she would do something she had dreamed of since she became an actress.

Noong in-offer sa akin ni Direk Erick ito, ‘Oh, drama na naman, anong bago?’

Bukod sa magpapagupit ako, sinabihan niya ako, ‘Mag-a-action ka dito.’ E, gusto ko talaga mag-action. Bata pa lang ako, gusto ko nang mag-action star.

Pero nalilihis ako kasi napupunta ako sa kontrabida, napupunta ako sa drama, nagsasabi ako na, ‘Pagkatiwalaan niyo lang ako ng action, huwag niyo lang ako ikulong sa luha, luha, luha. Gagawin ko lahat para magulat din kayo.’

Sabi ko nga kay Direk Erick, ‘Hindi ko pwedeng sabihing kaya kong mag-action kung di ko kaya kasi ako mapapahamak, ako mapapasama, ako mapapahiya sa ‘yo.

“So, sabi nila, ‘Oh, ito yung action na gagawin mo.’ Sabi ko, ‘Direk, request, pwede ba itodo natin?’ Um-oo sila.

“So, hanggang ngayon naghihintay ako at sisingilin ko si Direk Erick. So, abangan niyo po kasi kung nakikita niyo, bumabaha ng luha before kapag ako yung nandyan, ngayon, hangga’t maaari wala.

At saka touchy ako sa lahat sa mga show ko, ‘Hello, anak.’ Iba ngayon. Basta iba. Basta yun, manggugulat na lang kaming mag-lola.”

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“Senior High” started airing on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida block on August 28. The show, directed by Onat Diaz and Andoy Ranay, also features Angel Aquino, Baron Geisler, Daniela Stranner, Zaijian Jaranilla, Juan Karlos, Xyriel Manabat, and Elijah Canlas.

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