GMA-7 actor Alden Richards is thankful to his mother network for allowing him to cross over to ABS-CBN and do the film Hello, Love, Goodbye.
Hello, Love, Goodbye is produced by Star Cinema, a film brand under ABS-CBN Films.
Alden is paired with Kapamilya actress Kathryn Bernardo in this film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
During the July 9 press conference for Hello, Love, Goodbye, Alden said that the partnership could pave the way for the two TV networks to collaborate for more projects and set aside the network wars.
Alden said, "I'm very thankful to GMA kasi ang haba po talaga ng naging proseso.
"May hindi po ako makakalimutang sinabi ni Direk Cathy during the storycon, while we were being interviewed by TV crew.
"Noong nakita po ni Direk na magkatabi yung mic ng ABS at GMA, sabi niya, 'Ay, pwede pala.'
"Sana po ito yung mag-start ng collaboration ng different networks, different artists, actors na sa iisang project magsama and to be able to tell a good story."
The July 10 press conference was held at ABS-CBN's Dolphy Theater. It was the second time that Alden went to the ABS-CBN headquarters for the promotion of the movie.
On June 25, 2019, he shot promo executions for Hello, Love, Goodbye. On that day, Alden also met with ABS-CBN executives such as Star Cinema managing director Olivia Lamasan and ABS-CBN president Carlo Katigbak.
However, that wasn't the first time for Alden to set foot on ABS-CBN. When he was still trying to penetrate showbiz, he auditioned for Kapamilya reality shows in 2006 when he was 14 years old.
It is no secret that Alden also tried his luck for Pinoy Big Brother in 2010, as part of its Teen Clash edition. However, he did not make the cut.
He recalled, "Actually, hindi po ito yung una kong pagtapak sa ABS.
"I was 14, nag-audition din po ako sa mga reality shows ng ABS-CBN."
A year later, in 2011, he was discovered by GMA-7 bigwigs, and he got the lead role in the afternoon series Alakdana.
Nine years after his failed attempt in Pinoy Big Brother, Alden is now part of a Star Cinema movie, but as a Kapuso crossing over to the Kapamilya network.
To describe how he feels, the 27-year-old actor said, "Ngayon na I'm doing a project with Star Cinema, being here in ABS, medyo overwhelmed, parang naninibago.
"Siyempre, parang hindi ko ine-expect na isang GMA actor, makakatapak sa ABS CBN.
"I'm really thankful for the opportunity given to me, especially to GMA for letting me do this film. Masaya po."
According to Alden, it is also a "dream come true" for him to work with Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina.
This is because he is a fan of the director's works, such as the 2007 John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo starrer, One More Chance.
"Even before pa po ako mag-artista, fan na po ako ng Cathy Garcia films, especially One More Chance, and hindi lang yun yung napanuod kong pelikula ni Direk, marami pa.
"It's a dream come true for me. Pinangarap ko po talaga na maka-arte sa harap ng camera ni Direk Cathy kasi fan po ako ng pelikula niya."
Hello, Love, Goodbye, a film shot in Hong Kong, opens in cinemas on July 31, 2019.
The film also features Maymay Entrata, Joross Gamboa, Jeffrey Tam, Lovely Abella, Cacai Bautista, and Jameson Blake, among others.