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Ariel: I waited long to play villain

By Nestor Cuartero

JUST A THOUGHT: Out of difficulties grow miracles. – Jean de la Bruyere

ARIEL MOST PLEASED: Most everyone was shocked, appalled even, except the actor himself, Ariel Rivera.

We’re referring to the singer-actor’s portrayal of a menacing, murderous villain in soap series “Hanggang Saan.”

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Ariel’s character has turned from bad to worse to worst with the impending closure of the series on April 27.

In an interview, Ariel said he had always longed for a serial character that would project him in a fresh, new light.

He said he was tired and bored after many years of playing ideal father roles that didn’t offer much room for creativity.

“It took me a long time to realize this role, so when it finally landed on me, I knew I was going to celebrate it to the fullest,” Ariel said.

The veteran actor said he wouldn’t mind taking on another villain role in the future. “I enjoyed myself immensely doing this,” he said.

MOTHER AND SON BONDING: “Hanggang Saan,” starring Sylvia Sanchez in the central role, airs its final episode on April 27, Friday. It ran for 22 weeks.

The story of a mother’s great sacrifice to protect her family, “Hanggang Saan” has been an extreme ride for Sylvia, who considers her Sonya another landmark character following 2017’s “The Greatest Love.”

She said the greatest fulfilment she got from the series is the opportunity to work with her son, Arjo, who also played her son in the story.

“I got to know how he works, and I’m quite pleased at my discovery,” she said during the program’s thanksgiving media event.

Arjo, on the other hand, said he found it amazing to share scenes with his mother.

SHOCKING FILM FOR KATHNIEL: Director Cathy Garcia Molina is pitching “a shocking material” to Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo for their next movie. Cathy is doing one film after another in preparation for her eventual move to New Zealand.

ATOM REPLAY, PLEASE: There is clamor among TV viewers for GMA to re-screen “The Atom Araullo Specials.” The documentary special aired during Holy Week. It showed Atom immersing himself in real-life situations with real people, notably a family living under the Jones Bridge in Sta. Cruz, Manila.