GMA-7 actress Winwyn Marquez has no problem crossing over ABS-CBN to do a project for iWant TV, the digital streaming platform of the Kapamilya network.
Winwyn is one of the leading actresses of Beauty Queens, an iWant series directed by Joel Lamangan and led by a cast of former beauty queens.
Apart from Winwyn, who won the title Reina Hispanoamericana in 2017, the series also stars Gloria Diaz, who won the Miss Universe crown in 1969, and Maxine Medina, the representative of the Philippines in the Miss Universe 2016 pageant.
During her PEP Live session on Monday, July 13, Winwyn explained her appearance in the project of a rival network.
She said, “I do have a TV contract with GMA, and I’m very fortunate na pinayagan nila akong gawin itong project na ito.
“Kasi iyong manager ko, si Arnold Vegafria, nag-usap naman sila nang maayos, and wala din naman conflict with GMA, any show with GMA.
“So at least, napag-usapan nang maayos, wala namang na-bypass, iyon naman ang importante, di ba? Then okay naman!”
Beauty Queens, which also stars Lotlot de Leon and Ross Pesigan, starts streaming on July 15, on iWant.
WORKING WITH ABS-CBN PRODUCTION TEAM
Winwyn, a Kapuso since she started acting in 2005, was grateful for this brief opportunity to work in a new environment.
She appreciated, most of all, the warm welcome of the ABS-CBN production staff.
The beauty queen-actress said, “Happy kasi I get to work with other artists, I get to work with the staff na taga-ABS.
“Ang saya lang kasi they didn’t treat me differently. They were really kind, sobrang warm nila sa pag-welcome sa akin.”
What made it even easier for WinWyn was that she has known both Maxene and Gloria from way back.
She shared, “Ang okay lang doon, mas madali kasi I know Maxine, I know Tita Gloria kasi iyong Kool Ka Lang days nila ni Daddy [Joey Marquez].
"Si Direk Joel Lamangan naman was very helpful also. Na-meet ko naman siya, I haven’t worked with him pero na-meet ko siya.
“Masaya, masaya kasi different, e. Hindi ako familiar sa production, di ba?”
Winwyn, in fact, once appeared in the ABS-CBN morning talk show Magandang Buhay.
She was interviewed by the show's hosts—Melai Cantiveros, Karla Estrada, and Jolina Magdangal— at the time she was promoting Unli Life, her movie with Kapamilya actor Vhong Navarro in 2019.
The 28-year-old actress recalled, “Ang saya din kasi siyempre seeing ABS-CBN artists na napapanuod ko rin on-screen, di ba?
“Si Melai, fan ako! Noong nakita ko siya, tuwang-tuwa ako! Parang, ‘Oh my God, Hi Melai!’
“Sana, maka-work pa ako ng more projects with them kahit here on iWant. It’s a good opportunity to work din with other artists na hindi mo talaga iisipin na makatrabaho.”
NOT LEAVING GMA-7
Winwyn renewed her contract with GMA-7 in 2019, but before that, there were rumors claiming she would be transferring to ABS-CBN.
She said, “Oo nga, na lilipat! Gano’n! Wala naman.
“I’m happy with GMA and I’m happy that I get to work with different artists and sa different networks also, so thankful naman ako sa GMA.
“At saka, di ba, marami namang GMA artists din na gumagawa na rin ng series sa iWant and sa movies rin nila.
“At least, medyo pumapayag naman na, which is nice, di ba? People want to see other artists working together.”
Winwyn’s next TV project with GMA-7 is the comedy series Owe My Love, starring Lovi Poe, Benjamin Alves, and Ai-Ai Delas Alas.
The series, produced by GMA-7’s public affairs department, just had its first taping day when the network put on hold all production because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Winwyn is also busy with her lifestyle program Glow Up, which airs on GMA News TV. It is currently on an airing break because of the pandemic.
Watch Winwyn's full interview on PEP Live here: