Nikki defends Billy’s hair

PNS — HOW come Nikki Gil is yet to be launched solo by ABS-CBN when she has already proven her acting prowess in such soaps as “Pieta,” “Nagsimula sa Puso” and “Tonyong Bayawak”? “I don’t know,” she says. “Maybe they feel it’s not my time yet. Kanya-kanyang season naman ‘yan. Or maybe they think it’s not the direction my path should take as I’m a singer. But right now, I can’t accept soaps din as I’ve been busy in the Atlantis Productions’ Broadway musical, ‘Legally Blonde,’ which is inspired by the hit comedy of Reese Witherspoon. I’ve been preparing for this for a year with workouts, yoga, voice and dance lessons as the role demands sabay kang sumasayaw at kumakanta. I’ve done ‘Seussical the Musical’ before sa Shangri-La but this one at Meralco Theatre is really much more demanding.”

As Elle Woods, she’s a girl dumped by her boyfriend so she sets out to prove not all blondes are dumb by enrolling at Harvard Law School. “There are many big numbers and the most challenging are ‘What You Want’, my song when I get to Harvard, and ‘So Much Better’. We have minimal dialogues, lahat kinakanta. I really want to thank our director, Chari Arespacochaga, for guiding me well. She really won’t leave a scene hangga’t hindi malinis na malinis lahat.”

Off cam, her romance with Billy Crawford is going strong. How did she feel when some folks criticized Billy’s new hairdo with bangs saying it looks like a floor mop? “I might have my own biases about him as I’m his girlfriend, but why focus on his hair when he’s doing so much good work in hosting, singing and acting? I guess you really just can’t please everyone.”