Young star Kira Balinger feels excited when acting out scenes with her onscreen partner Grae Fernandez in “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin,” but that’s all there is to it.
Balinger plays Hope Villarosa, the daughter of the characters of Iza Calzado and Sam Milby in the said teleserye broadcast at the Kapamilya Channel. Fernandez plays Jake, her love interest, in the series.
“Aminin ko, bilang Kira, kinikilig po ako kay Grae. As I’ve said before in my past interviews, I see kung gaano siya ka-passionate and the way he looks at me kapag meron kaming eksena na sweet-sweet, pero love, eh, ‘wag muna. Kilig-kilig muna,” Balinger admitted during the online press conference for the launch of the show’s Book 2 yesterday, Dec. 1.
(I admit, as Kira, I get excited by Grae. As I’ve said in my past interviews, I see how passionate he is and the way he looks at me when we have scenes which require us to be sweet. But [as for] love, no. It’s better to just feel giddy.)
Balinger also feels humbled by the fact that their love team is fast gaining ground.
“To have them say we’re the next big thing, the next big love team, I mean, it makes me feel very blessed and I am very happy to be partnered with Grae for this show,” she said.
When asked what were some of the memorable comments she read on social media about her character, she noted how a lot of the reactions come from people of her and Grae’s age.
“For me, to be able to connect with the audience like that, to connect to their pain, ‘yun po ang tumatatak sa akin (that made an impact on me),” she added.
Balinger has been paired with other guys in the past and is not looking for a specific screen partner: “Honestly, I don’t really think of any specific guy [I want as] partner. I’m really just open to working with anybody because I believe that anybody I will work with, I will learn something new.”
What bothers Balinger are the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Being the only actress in her family, she gets to think of her future if and when her soap opera is already concluded.
“All the pressure is on me. (I was thinking,) ‘Oh, my gosh, after po ng ASIAA, (what will happen next?) Will I still have work or (rest first) or rotate (first),” she asked. But Balinger remains positive.
“I just have to be grateful for this moment, eh. I always pray to God, I never forget him, thanking him for all of the blessings,” she stressed. “And I trust Him na hindi niya po ako pababayaan (that He will not forsake me).” JB