Ritz Azul will star in her first teleserye as a Kapamilya in the new TV series The Promise of Forever.
Produced by ABS-CBN drama unit Dreamscape Television, Ritz will figure in a love triangle with Kapamilya actors Ejay Falcon and Paulo Avelino.
Ritz told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters during the media announcement of the new TV series yesterday, May 2, that she is very thankful for this new endeavor.
“First of all, I humbly thank Dreamscape sa opportunity na ito and I feel blessed kasi lahat ng gusto kong magawa sa industriyang ito, nag-uumpisa nang mangyari.
“Ngayon kailangan ko namang patunayan ang sarili ko na worth yung mga binibigay nila sa akin.”
(L-R) Ejay Falcon, Ritz Azul, Paulo Avelino with The Promise of Love directors Hannah Espia and Darnel Villaflor
Photo by: Jerry Uy
She admitted that she feels the pressure headlining her first Kapamilya primetime series but she looks forward to working with Ejay and Paulo as her leading men.
“Of course, pressured ako na mapatunayan ko yung sarili ko.
“And working with them [Paulo and Ejay], mababait naman sila, wala naman akong masasabi.
“Tingin ko mas magiging magaan yung trabaho namin.”
The 21-year old actress also said that she has not undergone any workshop yet with the network, but she treats her stint in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as her first acting test on ABS-CBN.
“As of now hindi pa ako nakapag-workshop pero sa [Ang] Probinsyano, noong sinalang ako, feeling ko na rin workshop kasi ang gagaling ng mga directors namin, Direk Malu [Sevilla], Direk Toto [Natividad], Direk Avel [Sunpongco].
“Sa start ko pa lang, feeling ko nagkaroon na ako ng experience sa acting dito sa ABS-CBN.”
However, she clarified that she might be taking more acting workshops before they start taping for the series.
Aside from Paulo and Ejay, other cast members of the new teleserye are Benjie Paras, Nico Antonio, Angel Aquino, Cherry Pie Picache, and Amy Austria.
ON BARING SKIN. In The Promise of Forever, Ritz's character Sophia works on a cruise ship.
She said about her character, “Ako po si Sophia dito, isang masayahing babae.
“Lumaki ako kasama ang mga tito at tita na matatawag.
“Mayroong nangyari sa buhay ko na hirap akong umibig kasi natatakot.
“So noong nagtrabaho na siya, lumaki na si Sophia, nagtrabaho siya sa isang cruise.
“Tapos noong nakapagtrabaho na siya sa cruise, na-meet niya ang character ni Paulo Avelino.
“And doon na yung istorya [iikot] kung magmamahalan ba sila, o mamahalin ba siya ni Sophia and mahahanap ba niya yung love beyond forever.”
Ritz was asked if the series has a provocative theme that might require her to bare some skin.
It can be remembered that when she was still in TV5,she appeared in shows with sexy themes such as Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak and Misibis Bay.
However, she said being sexy is not the packaging that the Kapamilya network is planning for her as an actress, compared to her previous network.
“Nagbago. I think, mas kung sino ako.
“Simple, probinsyana, yung totoong ako, mas makikita nila yun dito sa ABS.”
However, she did not dismiss the possibility of going sexy for the project.
“I think naman kasi yung pagpapakita ng skin, depende sa kailangan.
“Sa akin naman, kaya ko rin naming magpakita ng skin pero hindi naman siguro yung pakita na walang dahilan.
“At ito naman sa akin, kasi as ako talaga, hindi talaga ako sanay magpakita ng skin, yung [magus-suot ng] mini-shorts, ganoon.
“Abangan na lang nila kung magpapakita ako ng skin.”
The Promise of Forever is under the creative team of Reggie Amigo and Mariami Tanangco-Domingo, the same people who wrote On The Wings of Love. Joining the team is Clarissa Estuar, who wrote the 2014 series Hawak Kamay starring Piolo Pascual.
It will be directed by Nathaniel director Darnel Joy Villaflor and Hannah Espia, the director of Cinemalaya 2013 Best Film Transit.