Teen actor Joshua Garcia has a new love team partner for the ABS-CBN teleserye The Greatest Love: newbie actress Kira Balinger.
Joshua and Kira's chemistry onscreen was first tested in the September 29 episode of the afternoon series topbilled by Sylvia Sanchez.
Their first meet-up happened when Z (Joshua) was in a waiting shed when Kira's character saw him and asked him to take a picture of her while eating balut.
She then told Z that she'll take a picture of him in his cellphone. When he decided to give her his phone, Kira's character snatched the phone and ran away. However, Z was able to catch her and got his phone back.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters last October 6, Joshua revealed that even before he was paired with Kira, they already knew each other way back when they did workshops together.
He said, "Noong dati kasi, magka-workshop na kami pero hindi kami close.
"Tapos ngayon sa The Greatest Love, nahihiya ako, kasi siyempre mag nineteen na ako tapos siya, sixteen years old lang, medyo na-awkwardan ako.
"Pero noong nagka-eksena kami, okay naman yung bonding namin, nakapag-usap kami. Pero hindi kami ganun ka-close pa.
"Siguro pag nagtagal pa yung teleserye, siguro magiging close pa kami."
Prior to this teleserye, Kira's first TV appearance in a soap opera was for The Story of Us starring Kim Chiu and Xian Lim that aired early this year. In the said primetime series, Kira played the younger sister of Kim.
LOISHUA BREAK-UP. Of course, it is a known fact that Joshua's original love team partner was Loisa Andalio, his former co-housemate in Pinoy Big Brother All In.
The LoiShua tandem was then included in the 2015 adaptation of the movie Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita, a soap opera that was also produced by the makers of The Greatest Love.
In the story, they portrayed best friends Bea and Joel, whose characters were originally played by Janice de Belen and Aga Muhlach.
Earlier this year, the two also starred in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya where Joshua played a gay high school student with the character of Loisa expressing admiration for him.
However, it was also in this year where Loisa was given different partners for her TV shows. She was paired with Jerome Ponce (who was also her co-star in Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita) for Wansapanataym presents Candy's Crush.
Loisa is also currently seen in the daytime series Be My Lady where she is paired with Yves Flores.
Joshua said about the break-up of their tandem, "Siguro, pinag-e-explore muna kami para matuto rin sa ibang artista.
"Siguro soon, malay mo magkatrabaho kami ulit. Pero masaya ako sa mga na-achieve niya ngayon."
POSITIVE FEEDBACK. Joshua, who turned 19 last October 7, said that he feels overwhelmed by the positive feedback he had been receiving for his portrayal as Z in The Greatest Love.
Joshua said about this, "Masaya siyempre, kasi hindi lang ako yung naghirap dun, pati yung mga cast, nahirapan silang i-motivate ako para makuha ko yung character ko na Z.
"Masaya ako na natutuwa yung mga tao, kasi si Z naman doon, bagets lang e.
"Bata lang, normal na bata lang, kung anong nangyayari sa mga bata ngayon."
In the story, Z is the only child of Amanda (Dimples Romana), the eldest child of Gloria (Sylvia). While Z is close to both his mother and Mommy Gloria, Amanda and Gloria have a long-time rift.
There was a particular scene in the series where Z saw how Amanda answered back and acted rude towards Gloria. Thus, he also acted the same way towards his mother.
Joshua said that he is very grateful to his co-stars as he was able to pull off big scenes like this with their help.
"Siguro nadadala na rin ako sa mga kasama ko kasi magaling sila mag-motivate, magaling sila tumulong sa mga kapwa cast nila.
"Lalo na pag titingin pa lang, halimbawa, kailangan ng iyakan na scene, titingin pa lang ako kay Tita Sylvia, ibinibigay na agad niya. Tulong tulong na talaga."
The teen actor also hinted what viewers can forward to in The Greatest Love.
He disclosed, "Unang-una siyempre abangan natin yung magkakasakit na si Gloria, makakalimot na siya.
"Marami pang mas malulupit na mangyayari na makakalimot siya. Malay natin baka mamaya makalimutan niya magsuot ng damit, yun ang aabangan."
Aside from The Greatest Love, Joshua is also busy doing the movie Vince and Kath and James where he figures in a love triangle with Julia Barretto and Ronnie Alonte.