After their successful tandem in Villa Quintana, Elmo Magalona and Janine Gutierrez are slated to topbill GMA-7’s upcoming romantic-comedy series, More Than Words.
At a pocket presscon held last night, October 9, Janine shared that the story revolves around a physically-challenged girl who’s always the target of bullying in school.
But despite her campus troubles, she doesn’t stop romanticizing about finding her dream guy through her blog.
“Ako po si Ikay. Isa siyang simpleng babae. Hindi siya kayamanan, pero sobrang taas niya mangarap.
“Since hindi siya kagandahan, medyo nabu-bully siya sa school. So, naging outlet niya yung blog.
“Nagsusulat siya dun ng kuwento kung saan meron siyang alter-ego [na] sikat at maganda—si Katy Perez.”
In the make-believe world of Katy, she meets the perfect guy named Hiro.
As the story progresses, Ikay can’t help but dream of finding someone to fall in love with in real life.
“Tapos sakto pagkatapos kong mag-wish, papasok sa buhay ko [yung character ni] Elmo.
“So, medyo confused ako kung wish ba siya na nagkatotoo or totoong tao siya,” Janine explained.
Elmo, on the other, plays the role of Hiro, a campus heartthrob who epitomizes Ikay’s make-believe male character in her blog.
“I think siya [Ikay] po feeling lang niya imagination ako, pero in reality nag-e-exist talaga ako.
“Totoong tao ako na parehas yung personality sa character na sinusulat niya sa blog niya,” said Elmo.
The Kapuso actor-rapper admitted that he has yet to fully grasp the nuances of his role since he just started taping for More Than Words. It is slated to air this November, with a timeslot right before 24 Oras.
“He’s cut into three parts—merong confused state, mayabang state, and merong dream state.
“Yung mayaman yung real Hiro. He is a student, yeah.
“Then sa confused state niya, kukopkop sa kanya si Sir PJ at si Ms. Leny. Meron silang computer shop. Ako yung magtatrabaho dun.
“So, far yun pa lang nakukunan namin.”
More Than Words seems to be a nice change of pace for Elmo and Janine after their heavy drama roles in Villa Quintana.
Asked if it’s inspired by a novel published in Wattpad, Elmo replied, “It’s an original.
“Pero it’s the super craze now ‘di ba? Mga stories na online sinusulat.
“The main goal of the story is to tell how it’s not just about someone’s looks, but it’s also what’s inside. How you treat a person and how you like someone for being themselves.”
Janine admitted that she and Elmo actually watched John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo’s blockbuster movies to get insights about doing a romantic comedy.
“Medyo dinamay ko siya dun. Fan kasi talaga ako,” Janine gushed.
To which Elmo replied, “Nanood din ako ng John Lloyd-Sarah movies.
“I’m a big fan of John Lloyd.”
Elmo is also hoping his onscreen chemistry with Janine would be just as "kilig-inducing" like that of John Lloyd-Sarah’s successful tandem.