Paulo Avelino and Ejay Falcon will share the screen for the first time via ABS-CBN’s new teleserye The Promise of Forever.
They will figure in a love triangle, fighting for the love of one woman played by new Kapamilya Ritz Azul.
During the media announcement of this new drama series at ELJ Building’s 9501 restaurant, Paulo and Ejay explained how their roles are connected with Ritz’s character.
Ejay explained, “Ako si Philip, kababata ko si Ritz.
“Noong bata pa ako, may gusto na ako sa kanya pero hindi niya ako pinapansin kasi hindi yun yung priority niya sa buhay.
“Ako yung sandigan niya pag may problema siya, pag umiiyak siya.”
On the other hand, Paulo plays the role of Lawrence.
“Kung si Ritz, takot umibig, ito naman si Lawrence, umibig ng lubos lubos pero patuloy na nasasaktan.
“Pero may twist, may isang malaking kababalaghan sa character ni Lawrence.”
According to director Darnel Joy Villaflor, who previously helmed the child-friendly series Nathaniel, the premise of the story is something to look forward to.
He said, “We’re trying to challenge na di ba, pag pag-ibig, hinahanap natin yung forever.
“Pero sa seryeng ito, ita-try naming hanapin kung ano pa yung beyond forever, kung lalampasan ba ng pag-ibig ang forever.”
Director Hannah Espia, who tries TV directing for the first time after helming the Cinemalaya entry Transit, explained the plight of the teleserye’s characters.
“Each of our characters, pare-pareho po silang umibig at nasaktan at tatayang iibig muli.
“So yun po yung beyond forever at saka kung worth it ba yung kapag nasaktan ka na, iibig ka ulit.”
WORKING WITH RITZ. Ejay and Paulo were asked about working with their new leading lady.
According to the actors, they are both excited and happy to be chosen as Ritz’s first leading men in ABS-CBN.
Ejay said, “Sobrang excited ako na makatrabaho si Ritz kasi siyempre, ganoon naman tayo, e.
“Lagi kang excited kasi gusto mong may matutunan sa mga katrabaho mo.
“And si Ritz naman, noong nakausap ko kanina, parang ang dami naming similarities talaga kasi galing din siyang probinsya and excited ako kasi bagong chemistry naman and bagong leading lady.
Paulo, on the other hand, said that he wants to get to know more about Ritz.
“Sa ngayon, I’m still getting to know Ritz as a person and someone who [I will] work with professionally.
“You know, I like working with new people because they give in something fresh, very raw, and at the same time parang nababago nila yung tingin mo sa buhay dahil they add something and make it entirely new.
“Feeling ko ganon ang mabibigay ni Ritz dito, hindi lang sa larangan ng pag-arte but sa show itself.”
On a separate interview, Paulo said that he sees Ritz as the person he was five years ago when he transferred to ABS-CBN.
“Bago siya as a Kapamilya and parang similar yung situation namin noong lumipat rin kami ng ABS-CBN.
“Naintindihan ko rin na yung pressure at kaba na nararamdaman niya lalo ngayon na magpa-pilot kaming tatlo ng isang teleserye.”
What advice can Ejay and Paulo give to their new Kapamilya leading lady Ritz?
Paulo answered, “Siguro the only advice I could tell her, ewan ko kung nasa lugar ba ako mag-advice pero just be yourself and paniwalaan mo kung ano yung kaya mong gawin.
“And huwag kang ma-pressure sa mga bagay na hindi naman dapat.”
Meanwhile, for Ejay, “Sobrang swerte mo kasi dito ka lumipat.
“Kasi maraming artista na lumipat dito na masasabi kong nag-boom sa lahat ng bagay lalong-lalo na sa acting.
“And ang mga leading man dito, gwapo at gentleman,” he ended with a laugh.