Romantic balladeer Christian Bautista will appear in a GMA-7 teleserye for the first time via the morning teleserye With a Smile.
The singer-turned-actor admits, "Mas motivated ako nung sinabi nila na this show is all about values."
"Yung we're here to change people's look sa kanilang mga buhay, yung ang pinakamasarap na narinig ko sa proyektong eto."
The singer, who has fans all over Asia, adds with a genuine smile, "yung na hindi lang kami dito para sa ratings, para sa pera, kundi para mayroon kami ma-i-share na good values."
Mikael Daez says about his co-star Christian: "I was excited because actually when I first met him, maganda na yung rapport namin."
Christian and Mikael are rivals for one girl who captured both their hearts: Isay (portrayed by Andrea Torres).
Christian is cast as a businessman named Aston while Mikael plays Dean.
PEP.ph discovered that the roles of Dean and Aston were actually reversed during the audition process, meaning Christian tried out for Dean and Mikael for Aston.
Dean is characterized as a machong gwapo, kinda arrogant, happy go lucky guy while Aston is described as a principled but masungit not-knowing-he's-gwapo guy.
Christian candidly narrates, "Funny story, mayroon na kaming...pinakita na sa amin yung character sketch nitong dalawang character, tapos deep inside pinili ko na si Dean tapos siya [Mikael] naman pinili niya si Aston."
Mikael interjects, "Pero it felt different when we auditioned. Sabi ko, 'Dean ka pa rin ba? Kasi parang ako either way na, e.'"
Christian recalls, "Tapos nung nag-audition kami, nabaliktad, nabigay sa akin si Aston, tapos nakwento namin yun sa isa't-isa."
The singer-actor also reveals, "Actually after we auditioned, parang sabi ko, pareho mayroon, e, I like the chemistry, the work ethic."
SYNOPSIS. With a Smile is a light and heartwarming family drama that revolves around Isay (played by Andrea Torres), a barrio lass who has a passion for cooking and will pursue her dreams for her family.
She crosses paths with Dean (played by Mikael Daez), a man who believes that he's a disappointment to his family but will soon realize his worth after meeting the girl who will capture his heart.
Meanwhile, Aston (played by Christian Bautista) is an independent, self-made businessman who often fights with Isay but eventually falls in love with her.
Joining the ensemble cast are Vince de Jesus, Miggs Cuaderno, Bryan Benedict, Soliman Cruz, Marnie Lapuz, Gilleth Sandico, Jak Roberto, Mikoy Morales, and Shelly Hipolito.
This project will also mark the first soap opera of social media sensation Kimpoy Feliciano and Robin Padilla's nephew RJ Padilla.
Under the direction of Louie Ignacio, witness love and comedy blend in With a Smile, which will premiere on Monday, June 17, before Unexpected You on GMA-7's morning block.