Primetime soap Kara Mia has yet to air, but it's already the talk of the town.
The teleserye, headlined by Barbie Forteza and Mika dela Cruz, became the subject of countless memes last January for its unique concept centered around twin sisters, Kara and Mia, sharing one body.
At the show's recent press conference, it was revealed that show would replace another sibling-themed one: Cain at Abel, which will air its last episode this Friday.
This means that the new soap will face off with ABS-CBN’s Ang Probinsyano, which has been on air for more than three years.
But according to Carmina Villaroel, who plays Kara and Mia's mother on the show, she and the rest of her castmates do not stress about their rival on the after-news timeslot.
"Ayaw kasi naming ilagay sa isip namin na, o, gagawin natin 'to, itatapat natin 'to, kailangan talunin natin kasi kung hindi ise-stress lang namin sarili namin," Carmina said.
"Every new show, may pressure naman but it's only up to us kung magpapa-pressure kami."
Regardless of timeslot rival, the actress asked detractors not to dismiss their show and give it a chance as it is very different from the action-heavy show led by Coco Martin.
"Bigyan lang kami ng pagkakataon. We just want to give the viewer some options," the actress said.
"It's either mag-adobo ka or mag-sinigang ka. 'Yon lang naman 'yon e. I'm sure both networks naman ang iniisip lang nila 'yong viewers palagi. So let's just give them what they want. Let's give them something new.
"Bigyan lang sana kami ng chance kasi alam namin na hindi kami mapapahiya sa ginagawa namin.
"Nakikita niyo naman kasi, kakaiba talaga.
"It's really something different. Pag una akala mo it's freaky pero pag pinanood mo, binigyan mo ng chance, ay ang cute naman pala."
The actress added that she and her castmates are grateful for the netizens and fans who made memes and created buzz around the show weeks before it even started.
"Nong nakita namin 'yong mga memes, 'yong mga ginagaya kami, thankful kami kasi inaabala nila! Sa kanila nga walang effects, e, dalawang tao talaga 'yong napapanood sa Facebook. So sabi ko itong mga batang 'to nakakatuwa kasi ine-effort nila 'yong pag-gaya kina Barbie and Mika."
The actress hopes that the memes are a good sign that viewers will like the show when it starts airing on February 18.
"Sana hindi lang sa ganito, sana tangkilikin nila 'yong show kasi maku-cute-an talaga sila."
"We don't have super high expectations. But the mere fact na meron kaming memes na ginagaya [kami], we're very thankful na. Do'n pa lang, thankful na thankful na kami."
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