Kapuso Actress and Starstuck Batch 1 Ultimate Survivor JENNYLYN MERCADO will star in new GMA Primetime Psycho Drama Series RHODORA X. This will be her very first primetime drama series in 2014.
She plays the role of Rhodora, a young woman who suffers from a rare psychological illness called DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder, brought about by a very traumatic life experience when she was very young. DID formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder will be the focal point or main subject of the story. Rhodora X is the first to discuss the sensitive subject of DID in Philippine television.
“Kaya pala i-offer ng GMA ang ganitong story.” said Jennylyn during an interview held right after the preview of the pilot episodes of RHODORA X.
Joining Jennylyn in the series are fellow Starstruck survivors, MARK HERRAS and YASMIEN KURDI.
“Excited kami na magkasamang tatlo, matagal kong hindi naka-trabaho si Yas, tapos si Mark naman yung last project namin together was four years ago sa Ikaw Sana. Ang sarap kasama sa trabaho nung dalawa, para kasing magkakapatid lang kami sa set. Ang gulo.”
So does this mean that the Jennylyn and Mark love team will be revived through Rhodora X? Since both of them are declared single, what are the chances that the two will go back to real-life lovers?
“Si Mark ay special sa akin at gusto ko yung mga nangyayari sa amin ngayon. Ayoko matapos yun. Yung friendship namin gusto ko maging pangmatagalan, ayoko ko mawala kasi yun.” Jennylyn hinted about the possible negative repercussions of taking their relationship again to the next level.
How is RHODORA different from all her previous TV projects? Although Jennylyn is playing a single character in the series, it proved to be very challenging since she’s going to play 2 (to 4 as revealed by the GMA creative team for Rhodora X) different personalities at a snap of a finger. Imagine yourself a mythical goddess with four heads – that is how a person with multiple personality disorder is perceived.
“Surprisingly, nagustuhan ko i portray ang character ng alternate personality ni Rhodora na si Roxanne. Yung mga roles ko kasi before ay lagi api-apihan, mabait at mahirap. This time ako yun nang-aapi at salbahae.” Jennylyn said.
How did Jennyly prepare for her character/s in Rhodora X?
“Si Rhodora at Roxanne ay two different extreme personalities. Yun isa di makabasag pinggan samantala yung isa ay sobrang palaban. Yung change o shifting of characters ay nangyayari in a snap. Mabilis. Nag workshop kami lahat bago gawin ito at meron kaming consultant na totoong Psychiatrist para maging makatotohanan talaga yung aming pag-ganap sa mga characters. Aside from the lectures, nag-research din ako sa mga films at TV productions about DID tulad ng Sybil at United States of Tara.” she explained.
RHODORA X pilots this coming January 27 (Monday). Primetime on GMA.