The minute My Faithful Husband starts airing weeknights on GMA-7, Mikael Daez makes sure he's logged on to Twitter to see reactions from netizens.
Most of the time, Mikael would retweet and interact with fans who post their comments about the TV series and his portrayal of Dean in the microblogging site.
“Week one pa lang, ang dami nang nagtu-tweet,” Mikael excitedly told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters during a visit to their set in Cavite last October 28.
The actor-TV host says he welcomes all criticisms, especially when it is about his performance.
“Hindi ko naman pinapansin kung masama o hindi.
“Nagre-react sila, e, so ibig sabihin no'n maganda kasi nae-engage mo sila, e.
“Ibig sabihin lang din naman nun hindi lang sa acting, pati sa story.
“Nae-engage sila dahil nga napapa-react ka, e. Kasi, 'yong pinaka-masama mong pwedeng gawin as a performer is to perform pero [no reaction], di ba?
“So, the fact na nagre-react sila, sobrang tuwang-tuwa kami and talagang nararamdaman namin 'yon dito sa set,” Mikael says.
Mikael also admits that their group is very happy with the feedback they're getting from avid viewers.
“Patapos na kami, ilang taping days na lang kami, pero I feel so happy to have been part of this.
“'Yon nga, tuwang-tuwa kami na nagre-react ang mga tao rito sa material kahit ganito ang role ko, kahit ganito ang ugali ng character ko. Pero for me, very fulfilling talaga siya.”
IMPROVED ACTING. Mikael also believes that My Faithful Husband improved his acting skills.
“It's been a big thing for me.
“Lagi ko ngang sinasabi na gusto kong mag-improve every project.
“Kasi wala na akong ibang maipapakita just to show, okay, I've done my work.
“Gusto kong maipakita na this is more than what I've done before.
“So, dito, natutuwa ako dahil ang dami kong natutunan—kay Direk Joyce [Bernal], Jen [Jennylyn Mercado], Dennis [Trillo], at sa lahat ng staff.
“Parang confident na ako na sa susunod na project.
"Dahil dito, marami pa akong ibubuga.”
MORE VILLAIN ROLES? Would Mikael accept another kontrabida role like that of Dean?
“I always say, we'll never know naman.
“Hindi rin naman natin alam na papatok si Bernie [his character in Ismol Family].
“I'm sure hindi n'yo rin naman ine-expect na tatanggapin ko ang role na 'to.
“It's a team decision always—ako, manager ko, and people close to me.
“Kung okay lang naman ang material, go lang nang go,” Mikael says with a smile.