Janine Gutierrez admits falling for Elmo Magalona's funny side

Janine Gutierrez and Elmo Magalona are paired anew for GMA-7's upcoming romantic-comedy series More Than Words. In this show, Janine tranforms into a nerdy looking character named Ikay (right frame).


After doing heavy dramatic scenes in the Villa Quintana remake, Janine Gutierrez and Elmo Magalona take on lighter roles in GMA-7's romatic-comedy primetime series More Than Words.

The young actress revealed that through this new program, their avid fans will see a different Elmo Magalona, whom she admires for being naturally funny.

“Actually, si Elmo, funny talaga siya,” Janine told entertainment reporters during the press conference for the show that will air weeknights, starting November 17, on GMA Primetime Bida.

She added, “Isa 'yon sa mga bagay na nagustuhan ko sa kanya kasi mababaw lang ang kaligayahan ko.

“At saka mahilig talaga ako sa mga comedy so, nakakatuwa na mayroon pala siyang talent sa ganun.

“Hindi siya pilit na slapstick, natural lang na nakakatawa siya.”

Janine admitted that she feels pressured about her second teamup with boyfriend Elmo in More Than Words.

“Nakaka-pressure po kasi 'yong Villa Quintana, naging succesful po siya.

“Ito, parang binigyan kami ng isa pang chance na iba naman ang atake, iba naman ang kwento, iba naman ang mga mangyayari.

“Gusto lang namin patunayan na kaya naming magdala,” she said.

For Janine, it helped that their director, Andoy Ranay, told them to loosen up a bit for this show.

“Sinabi rin kasi talaga sa amin ni Direk Andoy na kailangan enjoy lang sa set since light lang 'yong theme ng story.

“Pero meron din naman pong drama 'yong kwento.

“Pero since mas young po, kailangan talaga na enjoy lang kami para nakikita sa screen na talagang magaan lang 'yong trabaho.”




Elmo Magalona as Hiro and Janine Gutierrez as Ikay

PLOT. In More Than Words, Janine Gutierrez is cast as Ikay, a girl taunted as a weirdo at school because of her looks--she has thick eyebrows, frizzy hair and buck teeth. She is also constantly daydreaming and spacing out most of the time. Ikay finds solace in writing online fiction, creating the character of Katy Perez in the fictional story Diary of a Queen Bee.

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Unlike Ikay, Katy is a cool, popular girl adored at Southvlle Academy.

Also in her story, Ikay creates her dream boy named Hiro (played by Elmo Magalona).

One morning, Ikay is surprised when she sees a boy washed ashore. It turns out he is exactly the guy she pictured in her blog entry.

Hiro finds himself in an unfamiliar place after figuring in an accident the night he rebelled against his widowed mom. He loses his memory, starts a new life, and eventually falls in love with Ikay.

More Than Words will also re-introduce the popular loveteam in the '80s, Rey “PJ” Abellana and Leni Santos. They will portray the characters of Emil and Rose, respectively, who will give shelter to Hiro.

Emil and Rose's relationship turned sour after their only child died many years ago. With the arrival of Hiro, they will find their way back to each other. Taking care of Hiro--the son they wished they had--will serve to mend their rocky relationship.

Also included in the cast are Jaclyn Jose, Gardo Versoza, Yayo Aguila, Enzo Pineda, Stephanie Sol, Mikoy Morales, Mayton Eugenio, and Coleen Perez.


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