GMA-7 teen actor Ruru Madrid continues to get good breaks in show business.
Right after topbilling the teleserye Let The Love Begin withGabbi Garcia, he recently joined the cast of the longest-running Kapuso afternoon show to date, The Half Sisters.
The first time Ruru heard the news that he will join the soap, he felt the timing was perfect since the Christmas season is fast approaching.
He jokingly shared, “Siyempre po [masaya]. Namo-mroblema po ako kasi magpa-Pasko na tapos ‘Naku, walang pera.’ Kailangan hanap tayo raket!
“Tapos nagulat ako, sabi sa ‘kin ng manager ko na ‘Gusto ka daw kunin ng The Half Sisters, hindi po ako nag-dalawang isip.”
In the teleserye, he plays Joaquin, the cousin of Bradley (Andre Paras). He falls in love with Diana (Barbie Forteza), who happens to be Bradley’s girlfriend.
Initially, Ruru's character, which he describes as “presko, pero may puso,” seemed to be an antagonist in the story.
But he clarified that his manager, director Maryo J. Delos Reyes, didn’t want the character to be a villain in the story.
“Si Direk Maryo po kasi ayaw po niyang lumabas na kontrabida yung role ko.”
The teen actor also revealed to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media reporters during the set visit of The Half Sisters in Commonwealth, Quezon City that Direk Maryo wants to handle his next TV project.
“Gusto po niya na next na soap [ko] po, siya daw hahawak.
“Parang hiniling niya po kina Miss Redgie [Magno] na birthday gift na lang daw po sa kanya yun na siya yung humawak ng soap.”
WITH BARBIE FORTEZA IN DANGWA. Aside from working with Barbie in The Half Sisters, the two will also be paired in an episode of Dangwa, which will air weekday mornings starting October 26.
Topbilled by Janine Gutierrez, Dangwa will also star Aljur Abrenica and Mark Herras.
When asked if the two projects will overlap, Ruru clarified that they have already finished taping for Dangwa. He will be featured on the show for one week, since the show’s concept is to feature different love stories every week that are based on real life events. Janine plays as a matchmaker for couples by giving flowers.
In fact, Ruru revealed that their story might be the one that will air on the pilot week.
“Sobrang cute ng story. Rakista ako, tapos si Barbie [Forteza] probinsyana," he said about their characters.
“Doon magtatagpo yung sarili namin, like ako, nakapos yung pera ko dahil naghiwalay yung parents ko. So nagrebelde ako, ako yung nagbabayad ng pang-tuition ko, ng renta ko sa condo.
“And then si Barbie naman, wala siyang titirhan so kailangan niya ng titirhan. Para makatipid ako, kailangan ko ng makakasama sa condo.”
He added, “Astig kasi everytime, di ba magkasama kami sa condo? Pagka may pupuntang friends ko, magpapanggap si Barbie na maid.
“[Then,] kapag may pupuntang family niya, magpapanggap akong bading.
“May scene ako do’n na kunyari sasali ako sa Miss Gay, talagang minake-up-an ako nang pambabae.”
According to Ruru, the story portrayed onscreen is based on the love story of the show’s production manager.
He recalled that he worked with Barbie in his first teleserye, Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa (2012). Ruru figured in a love triangle with Barbie and Derrick Monasterio.
NO MORE TEAM-UP WITH GABBI? Since Ruru is paired with Barbie, does this mean that his team-up with Gabbi Garcia is over?
“Hindi naman po siguro sa binuwag, siguro rest lang po muna," he said about the GabRu love team.
“Siyempre, hindi naman po forever na ganun. Para rin po matutunan lang po namin paano tumayo sa sarili kasi kumbaga hindi naman po forever yung loveteam.”
Gabbi and Ruru’s love team was previously featured in the GMA-7 TV shows My Destiny, Seasons of Love, InstaDAD, and Let The Love Begin.
However, Ruru revealed that even though they are no longer working with each other, he still bonds and goes out with Gabbi.
“Sobrang close po ng family namin, paminsan nagma-mall kami together, kakain kami sa labas.
“Sobrang okay naman po yung relationship namin.”
But he clarified that he and Gabbi are just friends and there is no romantic relationship between the two of them.
“Siguro sobrang close lang po talaga namin ni Gab kaya kami napapagkamalan.
“Si Gab po kasi, parehas pa kaming bata, e. Sobrang malambing lang po talaga ako sa kahit na sino.
“Tapos si Gab, hindi po siya mahirap pakisamahan dahil sobrang bait, lahat ng mga trip ko nasasakyan niya. Mga trip niya nasasakyan ko rin.”