ABS-CBN has collaborated with SBS Korea to localize the Korean romantic comedy My Girl. Si Kim Chiu, ang Chinese cutie ng Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition One, ang napiling gaganap na bida, si Jasmine, samantalang ang kanyang love team partner na si Gerald Anderson ang gaganap bilang Julian.
Ang Kimerald tandem ay nakilala sa teleseryeng Sana Maulit Muli at ito ay matagumpay na naipalabas sa Taiwan at ngayon nai-dub na sa iba't ibang mga wika dahil susunod itong ipapalabas sa Cambodia at sa Vietnam.
Kapamilya Network executives are confident that Gerald is now ready for a mature role. Management believes that Gerald will effectively portray Julian's character. His role is the heir of a big corporation and because of certain circumstances, Jasmine and Julian will be forced to live in a web of lies and deceits.
The 19-year-old actor will doing the role of a 21-year old yuppie who comes home from abroad to join his family in running their family business: a hotel and a resort.
"Mas adult po siya dito, we packed it on a corporate level yet napilitan po siyang magpa-corporate at a very young age kasi po 'yon po ang dikta ng pamilya niya sa negosyo nila. But beyond that corporate mask will be the young man that he actually is when he falls in love," paliwanag ng advertising and promo manager ng bagong serye na si Biboy Arboleda tungkol sa magiging kautahan ni Gerald sa My Girl.
Dagdag pa niya, "We are trying to tap one to two fashion designers kasi po more on the hotel business, kaya medyo structured and tapered ang day suits at evening casual suits ni Gerald dito sa My Girl. We will have a meeting with two designers for them to submit the designs and colors to choose from, para po maiba.
"Actually, we have a Korean styling company who's helping us, again, we're meeting halfway. Saka huwag natin i-expect na dapat magsimula silang matanda kasi the Philippines is a younger version of My Girl. We tried to come up with a cast, not just be locally appealing, but has to be something that we can be proud to sell abroad.
"Because we're doing this for the first time, first franchise, we want to make sure that this one is worth selling abroad. We are not just looking at the local market, we are not just looking at our TFC market, we're looking forward to selling it to the other Asian regions," ani Biboy.
Ayon naman sa ABS-CBN business unit head na si Deo Endrinal, may mga pagbabago silang ginawa sa istorya ng My Girl. "We are retaining the basic core of the story but we are Filipinizing it in so many ways. Mag-iiba ng konti ang trabaho nila but the resort will be there. Di ba, they own a hotel, this time they own a resort kasi medyo summer na sa atin. There are no oranges but we have strawberries fields in Baguio. So it's going to be different but we retain the basic core of the story. We strenghtened the relationship of the Lolo and Julian and also the relationship of Jasmine with her father. Mas magdi-dig deeper tayo sa characterization nila. So, the Korean version is really faster but ours is a combination of drama and comedy and, of course, romance."Ayon naman sa bidang lalaki na si Gerald, "Ang feeling ko naman, siyempre, excited ako. It's my first time kasi 21 [years old] dito si Julian, I'm gonna go through some workshops para mas matanda 'yong dating ko, 'yong acting ko, at internally also."