Kris Bernal (MNS Photo)

Kris Bernal (MNS Photo)

Kris Bernal finds her role in “Little Nanay” very challenging, and even thought she had lost it when she was made to do several screen tests.

This is why she got so emotional and nervous during the press launch of the newest Kapuso teleserye.

After the screen tests, Kris said she got so scared “to the point na akala ko babawiin na nila sa akin ang role, kasi baka akala nila ’di ko kaya. I was thankful na binigay pa rin sa akin ang role ni Tinay na may intellectual disability. At ’yung director (Ricky Davao) namin and co-stars ko, they were all supportive of me.”

Tinay, granddaughter of Lolay Annie Batongbuhay (Nora Aunor) and Loloy Berting Batongbuhay (Bembol Roco), is a 25-year-old woman with the mental acumen of a nine-year-old. In the story, she has a six-year-old daughter Chiechie (Chlaui Malayao) who acts as the “Little Nanay” to Tinay.

To prepare for the role, Kris said she researched on mental disability and watched movies like “I Am Sam” and “The Other Sister.” She also watched videos on YouTube that show persons with similar condition. “We had immersion session din,” she added.

Other stars in the cast of “Little Nanay” are Mark Herras, who will portray the old-fashioned and conservative oldest grandson of Lolay Annie and Loloy Berting; Bruce Wayne, Keempee de Leon, Gladys Reyes, Winwyn Marquez, Hiro Peralta, Sunshine Dizon, Paolo Contis, Renz Fernandez, Rafa Siguion-Reyna and Jinri Park.

“Little Nanay” started airing Nov. 16 on GMA Telebabad. (MNS)