If there’s one upcoming TV series in the Philippines that’s in on every social media channel, it’s probably GMA Network’s newest primetime “EngkantoSerye” – KARA MIA which stars Barbie Forteza and Mika Dela Cruz.
There’s actually a lot of interesting things about this series that got netizens all fired up since January.
For one thing, KARA MIA tells the story of twin sisters KARA (played Barbie Forteza) and MIA (played by Mika Dela Cruz) who were born in a very unusual (and impossible) manner – one body, two faces with the other face hidden at the back of the head. You won’t find that in “The Greatest Showman.”
Apparently, the siblings were the daughters of Almira (played by Carmina Villaroel) to a half-man, half-engkanto named Iswal (Mike Tan) which will all be laid out during the first week episodes of the series.
The image of Kara and Mia became a buzz on the internet and have been a subject of countless of memes and other stuff.
During a special preview of the pilot episode of Kara Mia last Thursday, we had a chance to talk to actress Mika Dela Cruz who have gotten one of the most awkward role in the series and asked her what she felt about the memes.
“Isa lang masasabi ko, sana mas maayos yung ngiti ko,” Mika said during the interview. “Di ba parang nababanyo lang ako dun.” (laughs)
“Sana inayos yung ngiti ko kasi na-plaster na sa kung saan-saan di ba? Tapos sine-send nila lahat. Gusto ko talaga maging comedy star, natutuwa ako kasi masaya mag-entertain ng tao kahit pinagti-tripan nila ako.” she added.
Kara Mia is Barbie Forteza and Mika Dela Cruz’s 2nd project together. The first time they were together was in the 2009 Vic Sotto film “Ang Darling kong Aswang” where they also played the role of sisters Aileen and Angel.
“First time na naka-trabaho ko si Barbie sa Ang Darling Kong Aswang with bossing po. Magkapatid din po kami dun so sanay na ho kami sa isa’t isa and grabe yung connection namin ni Barbie. Masasabi ko na sobrang naging close kami dito sa project na to para na po kaming magkapatid.” Mika shared.
Prior to doing Kara Mia, Mika played a support role in the Barbie Forteza smash hit series “Meant To Be” in 2017 – her first TV series project with the Kapuso network. And then she also played vital parts in Sherlock Jr and Pamilya Roces before landing her first major in Kara Mia.
“Hindi siya masamang tao, hindi siya kontrabida, ano siya eh, may pinagdadaanan siya.” Mika describes Mia. “Sa simula, lagi akong negative mag salita at lagi akong mataray pero habang tumatagal makikita mo kung ba’t siya nagiging ganun. Sa totoo lang nakakaawa siya, ang hirap po nung wala kang katawan diba? Kapag nauuhaw ka kailangan mong ihingi sa kapatid mo. Nagugutom ka, na-si-CR ka kailangan mong lahat iasa. So nakakaawa po siya, kaya very complex yung character – nakakatawa, nakaka-irita, malalim eh madami pong layers yung character niya ang hirap i-balance po sa lahat ng eksena kaya nakaka-pressure.” (laughs)
TWO Heads Are Better Than One
Another thing that’s really interesting about this series is that it’s going to take on the time slot of Cain At Abel and go “heads-to-head” (pun intended) with the undying Cardo of “Ang Probinsyano.”
It’s actually going to be very exciting – who will prevail? Engkanto versus an “Immortal” series. 🙂
And here’s a message from Mika to all the bashers of Kara Mia:
“Alam namin na malakas talaga sila (Ang Probinsyano), ang goal namin kahit lumaban lang po kami. Ang goal namin ay maka-inspire po kasi alam namin na sobrang inspiring ang kwento ng Kara Mia at alam namin na kahit na madami pong bashers naniniwala ako na balang araw yung mga bashers na yan isang araw manonood sila tapos makikita nila yung weight kung bakit namin sinasabi na bigyan niyo ng chance – kailangan niyo lang makita.”
Kara Mia also stars Jak Roberto, Paul Salas, Carmina Villaroel, John Estrada, Glydel Mercado, Mike Tan, Liezel Lopez, Alicia Alonzo, Gina Pareno, and many others. Under the direction of Dominic Zapata (Darna, My Husband’s Lover).
Catch the episodes of Kara Mia weekdays on GMA Telebabad beginning today February 18.