"Love Spell: Cindy-rella," a classic fairy tale with a twist


Love Spell: Cindy-rella will be Gerald Anderson's (left) first time to play a role in a fantaserye. He says, "First time po namin itong dalawa [ni Kim Chiu] sa mga ganitongroles, fantasy world tapos ay real world pa, so it's a new experience po." He will compete with John James Uy (right) for the affections of Cindy-rella, played by Kim (center).


ABS-CBN has once again trusted the love team of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson for an upcoming mini-series that will add color to viewers' Sunday afternoons starting October 14.

Love Spell will now be shown for a longer period (instead of four weeks, the mini-series will run for 13weeks) and will be back on its previous timeslot (from 11:15 am slot to an afternoonslot of 3:15 pm before The Buzz).

Kim and Gerald starred in the pilot mini-series of LoveSpell. Their tandem wassuch a hit among televiewers that they also played in two other Love Spell mini-series. Now, these two young actors returnto captivate their fans as they bring to life the famous fairy tale, Cinderella, but with a twist of reality in Love Spell: Cindy-rella.

Kim said she was excited when she knew about thisproject. “Sobrang natutuwa po ako kasipinapanood ko lang yung Cinderella noong bata ako. Tapos po sa Love Spell,ako yung gaganap na Cindy-rella.

“At saka nakakatuwa din kasi kami ni Gerald yung nag-pilotnung unang Love Spell na for four weeks. Tapos ngayon, kami po ang pinagkatiwalaan na mag-pilot ng 13weeks ng Love Spell.”

CINDERELLA WITH A TWIST. Ruben Bayani, one of the directors of “Cindy-rella” said thattheir adaptation of the the classic fairy tale Cinderella would bedifferent from its other versions.

He explained, “Well, ang Cinderella ay isangnapaka-classic na soap opera plotline kaya ang dalas niyang puwedeng i-revisitat i-interpret. Kasi nga mayaman yungconcept na yan so nagagawa siyang comedy, nagagawa siyang suspense, nagagawasiyang heavy drama.

“For Love Spell, dahil ito’y nagke-cater sa Sundayafternoon viewers, light talaga na may pagka-cartoons na animated. Hindi siya na-design para maging depressingor maging dark kasi masaya siyang panoorin.In line with sa look ng successful na show ng Love Spell na maycomedy, may fantasy, may music, ganun din ang Love Spell na ito. Maraming nakakatawang sitwasyon, mayeffects, may magic, may music.”

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THEPLOT. LoveSpell: “Cindy-rella”begins in the fairy tale world, where Prince William (John James Uy) is celebratinghis 21st birthday. His uncle invites all the ladies inthe kingdom to a ball, hoping to find a wife for his nephew. Among those invited is the pretty, kindhearted Cindy-rella (Kim), but on the night of the ball,her evil stepsisters and stepmother tear her clothes and lock her in thebasement.

Cindy-ella's fairy godmother comes to the rescue and enables her to go to the ball in afancy dress and carriage. But she warns that Cindy-ella should be home by midnight orshe'll be caught back in her usual filthy clothes.

The story goes on until after the prince chooses Cindy ashis dancing partner. Her wicked family grows envious and throws her into a well,which links the fairytale world and the real world. The poor lass comes into thereal world unconscious; fortunately, she is saved by a modern-day princecharming, Albert (Gerald).

He falls in love with her, so he helps Cindy-rellasurvive in the real world. But can they be together when they belong todifferent worlds? Will Cindy choose Albert, a normal human being, over adashing prince in the fairytale realm? Will there be a happy ending for Cindy-ella?

THE CHARACTERS. The press noticed that Sheryl Cruz was included as one of the cast members.Sheryl is associated with GMA-7 as an effective kontrabidain Mga Mata ni Anghelita and Bakekang.

The media asked, “Did you really have toimport an actress from another network to play the role of the evil step mother?How did you base your casting of characters?”

Bayani answered, “Well, kapag nagka-casting talaga, angtotoo hindi naman kinu-consider kung taga-saan siya, ang iniisip yung bagay sacharacter. Kina-casting talaga ang mgacharacters based sa kung nakukuha nila yung spirit, yung essence ngcharacter.

“Kapag kina-cast sila, bine-base sa kung kaya ba nilangbigyan ng tamang interpretations para sa project. Sheryl is just as wonderful as a step mom kasi nga mahirap kungibang actress, magiging parang serious, na heavy drama, na maldita siya. Ang hirap i-capture ng nuances ng comedy,nung pagiging animated, na parang cartoons.So yun, kina-casting sila kung gaano sila kabagay dun sa roles na meronyung story.”

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Meanwhile, the other actors that will fulfill the magicalstory of Cindy-rella are Ms.Pilita Corrales, Jackie Lou Blanco, Andrew E, Sheryn Regis, Mara Lopez, KirayCelis, Hyubs Azarcon, and Jeffrey Tam. This show will also introduce Be Bench finalist John JamesUy.

Fall inlove with Kim and Gerald in the comedy-fantasy series of Love Spell titled“Cindy-rella,”starting Sunday, October 14, before The Buzzon ABS-CBN.

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