Angelu de Leon was the most experienced cast member of T.G.I.S.
She started her career in ABS-CBN’s Ang TV in 1992 as a Star Magic talent (then called the ABS-CBN Talent Center).
Later, in 1994, Angelu transferred to VIVA Artists Agency and did the movies Kadenang Bulaklak and Forever.
The following year, Angelu was chosen to headline T.G.I.S., along with teen newbies Bobby Andrews, Raven Villanueva, Michael Flores, and Red Sternberg. All four actors had to undergo go-sees and auditions.
Since Angelu, who played Peachy in the show, was the most popular among them, did that correspond to a higher talent fee?
Totoo ba: Angelu de Leon was the highest-paid star in T.G.I.S.?
The answer was revealed by director Dominic Zapata during the T.G.I.S cast and creators PEP Live guest appearance on August 27.
T.G.I.S. writer Kit Villanueva revealed that having Angelu as the show's "star" had an impact on which actors were to be cast for the rest of roles.
“Si Angelu iyong star namin talaga. She was our star. And then, ayon nga, we had to cull all these people (the other cast).”
Dominic added, “Right, tama si Kit! Kasi ang mahal ni Angelu noon, PHP 3,500 yata si Angelu noon.”
Dominic meant that Angelu received 3,500 pesos per taping day.
Kit quipped, “So mura na dapat [iyong iba]!”
How about the others?
Dominic said, “Sasabihin ba natin mga talent fee noon? Kasi si Bobby… PHP1,500 si Bob.
“Pero ang saya na nila Red noon! ‘Yes, may PHP1,500!’
“Pero si Angelu, ‘Hmmm… PHP3,500 ako.’ Ganung level, kasi sikat!”
Michael Flores, who was part of the dance group Manoeuvers, said, “Ako, PHP 2,100 ako noon!”
Dominic remarked, “Kasi Manoeuvers, may premium ka na noon at saka may manager siya, e.”
OTHER T.G.I.S. CAST STORIES
According to director Mark Reyes, it was producer Veronique del Rosario-Corpus who wanted fresh faces to join Angelu in T.G.I.S.
Mark, Dominic, Kit, and the production team then looked to modeling agencies to scout new personalities they would build up in the show.
Hence, Bobby and Red, who had starred in a commercial for a food chain, were chosen.
In fact, Red revealed that he was actually supposed to play Wacks, while Bobby was tapped for the Kiko role.
But the creators decided to switch their roles.
Kit explained, “Iyong character na ginawa namin for Wacks is maangas, rich kid, e, tisoy. Siyempre si Red, super tisoy. ‘Tapos pinag-change nga namin.”
Dominic reasoned out, “Kasi mas may comic timing si Red.”
Regarding Raven, Mark said she came at the “11th hour” of casting.
Michael, who played Raven’s love-team partner in the show, said, “Ang alam ko, nakita lang picture niya sa VIVA, di ba? Tapos kinabukasan, taping na.”
Kit remembers Raven looking very different from the peg they had for her character Cristina.
“Iba iyong hair! Her hair was like light brown na blondie na parang hindi siya si Cristina, kailangang magpatina ng buhok!
“Talagang black na bigla ‘tapos naka-bob [cut] na siya na conservative girl.”
Guess who the peg was for the character of Cristina? Mikee Cojuangco.
Dominic quipped, “Kasya iyong budget nating 1,500 kay Mikee Cojuangco!”
T.G.I.S gave many newcomers their first taste of working on television. This was true for both the regular cast members and the show's guest stars.
Bernadette Allyson recalled her own guest appearance in T.G.I.S., an opportunity that was a dream come true for someone who was already a fan of the show.
She narrated, “Ako, I’m a fan from the start of T.G.I.S., so for me na nakahabol noong time na I got in the prom episode, sobrang happy ako. Iyong Saturday afternoon talaga was for T.G.I.S., sobrang pinapanood ko na sila noon.
“For me to be given a chance to work with them, ‘tapos sa prom episode pa, sobrang happy ko talaga. Parang wala namang workshop before so it was also my screen test on TV as a VIVA artist.”
She later joined the barkada in its spin-off show, Growing Up, as Bea Santillan.
Angelu pointed out that her co-stars did not have any workshop prior to the show even if they were all first-timers in the world of TV acting.
“Pinakamasaya noon, noong nag-start iyong show, iyon na iyong workshop nila, nilang lahat. Walang nag-workshop sa kanila!”
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