It's confirmed! Jennylyn Mercado will play the role of Steffi Cheon in GMA-7's remake of the hit South Korean romantic comedy series My Love From The Star.
The show was first aired back in 2013 starring Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun.
Bb. Joyce Bernal, who will direct the Kapuso series, confirmed to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that Jennylyn is cast as the female lead character Steffi Cheon. In the series, Steffi is an A-list actress who finds herself in love with her human-disguised alien neighbor Matteo Do.
Kapuso actor Alden Richards was first confirmed to play as Matteo Do in the series. However, Direk Joyce also said that she's not sure if the Kapuso heartthrob will still play the leading man of Jennylyn in the Philippine adaptation.
We made a prediction and Jennylyn topped our list of female celebrities we'd love to see as Steffi Cheon.
Here are 10 reasons why Jennylyn is perfect for the role:
1. She is basically the Jun Ji Hyun of the Philippines.
Jun Ji Hyun has established herself as one of the most sought-after leading ladies in South Korea. And so has Jennylyn Mercado! She wouldn't be hailed as the Kapuso Network's Romantic Comedy Queen for nothing.
2. She fits the character brief of the original Korean drama series: from her age to career status. With these two things in mind, we know Jennylyn would do well as Steffi.
3. She trained for it!
Steffi has this "beauty queen stance" every time she's in front of the camera. Jennylyn admittedly said she's not the best at walking so she underwent posture training with the "beauty queen maker" Jonas Gaffud. We know how Jonas worked his magic on the reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and how he helped Ken Chan transform to Destiny Rose.
4. Both are gorgeous! No explanations needed!
5. Her comedic skills are on point!
Steffi is a complex role and her comedic antics add flavor to this challenging character. Jennylyn has already proven her skills in doing romantic-comedy projects.
Her natural comedic timing certainly worked for rom-com box-office hits including English Only, Please (2014), The Pre-nup (2015), Walang Forever (2015), and her most recent movie project Just The 3 of Us.
6. She can change from fierce to funny in a snap!
Steffi Cheon puts on a "Queen B" facade every time she's in front of the camera or her fans. However, she shows her vulnerable side when she's spending time with her closest friends and family members.
We know Jennylyn can easily pull it off. Do we need to remind everyone how she changed into three different characters for the Kapuso primetime series Rhodora X?
7. She has that natural charm even Matteo Do won't be able to resist!
Anyone can easily fall under the spell of Jennylyn's charms. Not convinced? See this Instagram post below!
8. She can be paired with any leading man.
Truth be told, Jennylyn is one versatile actress. She has already proven that doesn't need to stick to a single love team pertner to keep her status as one of the country's top actresses.
She has been paired with several leading men including Derek Ramsay, Dennis Trillo, Sam Milby, John Lloyd Cruz, Jericho Rosales, Paulo Avelino, and Mark Herras, among many others. These past projects were proven successful either in the box office or through TV ratings.
Even if she doesn't end up with Alden Richards, we're sure Jennylyn can build up chemistry with whoever she's going to be paired with.
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9. She is a certified fashionista.
Steffi Cheon's character is all about class. She's dons runway looks from different luxury designer labels from head to toe. We already know Jennylyn is one of the country's best-dressed women.
10. We can't wait for her version of Steffi Cheon's favorite expression: "Sarreh!" It's definitely not too late for this!