Last Friday, November 8, iWant’s newest offering in the form of a fourth remake of the classic psychological horror film Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara was introduced in a press conference at the Bigoli Restaurant at the TriNoma mall in Quezon City. It is titled Barbara Reimagined.
Present during the event were film stars Nathalie Hart, JC De Vera, and Xia Vigor along with director Benedict Mique. After the event, a pocket press interview was held where Nathalie Hart was asked about her role as a mother to only daughter Penelope.
It could be recalled that Nathalie flew out of the country to go to New Delhi, India to meet the parents of her fiance, businessman Mayank Sharma, before flying to Sydney, Australia to give birth to her child. She later flew back to India after delivering Penelope to stay with Mayank and his family. She came back with her daughter to the Philippines last June 2019 when she posted a photo of herself on Instagram with the caption “Hello, Manila 👋”
“I’ve decided to come back to the Philippines [because] it’s not my lifestyle to stay at home and everything,” the sexy actress told the press. “Nahihirapan din ako sa culture nila. Ang culture kasi nila ay ’pag asawa ka, sa bahay ka lang. [...] Makaluma [sila] so parang ’pag nagkasal ka sa kanila, sa bahay ka lang, mag-asikaso ka ng anak mo, maglinis ka ng bahay.”
She then explained that she had to return so she could finish shooting scenes for Barbara Reimagined, which started before she left for India. The cast and crew had to re-shoot some parts of the film several months later, which became one of the reasons why she returned.
“I really want to work talaga kasi, para sa akin, I feel like noong nawala ako ng isang taon, it was the longest time of my life,” she said. “Parang ’yong oras, ang tagal-tagal!”
Nathalie then narrated her realization that being a mother is no easy job, despite finding this new role in her life as enjoying.
“Na-enjoy ko naman ang pagiging nanay,” she said. “Pero, siyempre, ’yong time na dumating ’yong anak ko, sobrang stressful talaga. Hindi madali maging nanay. Siyempre, nag-breastfeed ako. Napakahirap nun para sa akin. Tumigil lang ako noong seven months na ’yong anak ko kasi feeling ko tama na ’yon.”
Although she finds the role of motherhood fulfilling, she says having a career still has a different impact.
“Iba ’yong may fulfillment na may ginagawa ka in your career,” she went on. “Iba ’yong may career ka, para lang sa akin. Mas gusto ko ’yong hindi lang ’yong okay ’yong pamilya mo, in that manner. Gusto ko fulfilled din ako sa ginagawa ko sa buhay.”
Nathalie also revealed that she suffered from post-partum depression during her stay in India. The sexy actress recounted her episodes of crying all by herself because she had no one to talk to while she was there, overcoming the condition by speaking to her family in Sydney, Sweden, and the Philippines.
“Kinakausap ko pamilya ko,” she said of how she overcame post-partum depression. “Actually, ’yong pamilya ko, minsan nga natatakot na sila sa akin kasi ’yong mga message ko ‘Bahala na kayo sa anak ko.’, mga ganun na! Malala na ’yong nangyayari sa akin.”
“Post-partum is actually real,” she added. “Ganun ang masasabi ko. Akala ko kasi na ’yong mga tao, bakit nagdadrama? Drama drama lang. Noong nanganak ako, ’yon na ’yon. Siyempre, your body is changing, eh. Siguro, noong nanganak ako, hindi ko matanggap na ganun ’yong itsura ng kawatan ko noong first two months.”
She then revealed that she immediately worked out and did plenty of diets to get back the sexy figure she was known for.
When asked if Penelope immediately had a caretaker when both of them arrived in the Philippines, Nathalie said it took one month before she could hire one.
“Sa akin, mahirap iwanan ang anak ko, “ she said. “Wala kasi ’yong pamilya ko dito. So, everyone is in Sydney, and everyone is in Sweden. Nasa ibang bansa po sila. So, ’yong pamilya ko po dito, mga pinsan ko lang. [...] ’Yong immediate family ko [dito], ’yong brother ko lang po. Kami lang.”
Barbara Reimagined is the fourth remake of the psychological horror film Patayin Sa Sindak si Barbara, which first premiered in 1974. Nathalie Hart joins Susan Roces, Lorna Tolentino, and Kris Aquino as the women who have played the Barbara role. The fourth remake can be watched in the streaming application iWant.
Watch the interview with Nathalie below!