Remember the first time Andrea Torres and Mikael Daez were paired in a teleserye?
It happened in September 2012 when they played lead roles in the GMA-7 afternoon drama series Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga.
Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga is a remake of a Kapuso prime-time drama series top-billed by Tanya Garcia and Dingdong Dantes that aired from 2001 to 2003 .
Andrea played Cecilia, the role previously played by Tanya. Mikael assumed the role of Carlos Miguel, which was Dingdong's character in the original version.
The 2012 remake earned high ratings throughout its run and consistently outranked its rival shows: Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo and, later, Precious Hearts Romances: Paraiso.
Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga was such a success that the network extended its run to 23 weeks. It was unprecedented as GMA-7 afternoon series would normally run for 16 weeks.
After Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga, Andrea and Mikael top-billed two more shows: With A Smile (2013) and Ang Lihim Ni Annasandra (2014).
MIKAEL AND ANDREA: LOVE-TEAM PARTNERS, NEVER LOVERS
Although the love team of Mikael and Andrea became a hit and had its own fanbase, they never became an item.
In an interview with PEP.ph on December 2012, Mikael said it would be better for fans to just enjoy their team-up on screen and not to expect anything more beyond that.
He explained, "For me, it’s really better na walang nag-e-expect na maging kami or makita kami kunsaan-saan.
"Iyong istorya nila Carlos Miguel at Cecilia ang tinututukan nila.
"Doon na nga lang sa characters namin sila nagwi-wish na sa bandang huli, sila Carlos Miguel at Cecilia pa rin.
"Kaya nakagaan sa amin ni Andrea na we are being watched because of the series itself—at hindi dahil sa gusto nila kaming magkatuluyan."
In a PEPTalk interview in 2015, Mikael said that he and Andrea are very good friends.
He even described Andrea as the "love of my life," but only for television.
Mikael said, "Personally, Andrea is a very, very, very good friend. Someone I can really talk to.
"At work, one of my best friends. Siguro nasa top two, top three siya.
"But on TV, love of my life. So iyon ang categories namin.
"And, I guess, it just worked out that way."
MEGAN YOUNG EXPLAINS JEALOUSY OF ANDREA
Apparently, at the height of his love team with Andrea, Mikael was already in a relationship with Megan Young.
In 2012, Megan was with ABS-CBN and in 2013, she joined and was crowned Miss World.
Megan and Mikael only admitted their relationship in 2017. They got married in January 2020.
On May 21, in Megan and Mikael's podcast, Megan admitted to getting jealous of Andrea once during the time of Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga.
Megan said she did not mind that Mikael had a new love team, but it affected her when she found out Mikael had driven Andrea home after a workshop.
Megan recalled, "I was, like, 'What?' Napatigil talaga ako.
"I was, like, 'Can you just say that again? You made her hatid where?'"
"I was, like, 'Why? Is there a good reason why you wanted to take her home?'"
According to Mikael, he gave Megan this answer: "Well, I just thought that since I was going in that direction anyways, and we were going from a mall show, I just figured it would be nice, so that I could get to know her more and we could talk."
During the podcast, Mikael also asked Megan why it was such an issue with her.
Megan explained, "Initially, it was jealousy, I will admit that. I admit I was jealous that you were alone with another girl in your car.
"It made me feel, at that time, insecure. I would say, 'Bakit kailangan may iba siyang kasama sa kotse? Before he did that, why couldn’t he just tell me ahead of time?'
"There were thoughts running in my head, like, Mikael was really flirty when he talks to people."
All is well with Mikael and Megan as can be expected.
Looking back, Mikael said in the podcast it was good that Megan brought her jealousy out in the open from the start, or it could have caused a strain in their relationship if she kept it to herself.
In 2016, Megan and Andrea worked together in the prime-time series Alyas Robin Hood.
In 2018, Megan and Mikael worked together for the first time via the afternoon series The Stepdaughters.