GMA-7 tests a new tandem by pairing Andre Paras and Mikee Quintos who are both seen in the epic telefantasya Encantadia.
The two will topbill the second four-part installment of the Kapuso interactive romcom URL: Usapang Real Love titled Perfect Fit.
In a pocket press conference held last October 18 for this new series, the two were asked how they ended up being love team partners.
Mikee joked, "Ni-request daw ako ni Andre, joke!
"I think yung chemistry sa Encantadia din na we're both… yung character namin, comedy pareho."
In Encantadia, Mikee's character Lira and Andre's character Wahid are both known for their funny antics.
In URL's "Perfect Fit," Mikee plays dual roles: the sosy Cindy and the simple Ella. Cindy comes to Ella's repair shop to have her cellphone fixed.
Conflict comes in when Ella sees a notification on Cindy's phone that she matched with a guy named Eugene (Andre) through a dating app called "Teender" (a wordplay for the cellphone dating application Tinder).
It turns out that Eugene is Ella's old high school crush. She then pretends to be Cindy just to see him again and be reconnected. Eugene did not recognize her because Ella used to be a fat girl in high school.
According to Mikee, she can relate to her character when it comes to this aspect.
She narrated, "Sobrang coincidence na high school best friend niya si Eugene, willing siyang gawin para mabalik yung crush niya kasi di siya nakilala ni Eugene nung high school. Sabi ko nga noong storycon, this is very me."
Mikee revealed that she used to be fat when she was fourteen years old and even showed her old picture to members of the press.
Mikee Quintos shows her 14-year-old self when she used to be a fat girl.
When asked why she decided to lose weight, she answered: "Nagka-crush ako. Schoolmate. Nagka-crush ako.
"E, kasi, siya yung nagka-crush sa akin, kinilig ako, naging crush ko rin siya tapos nainspire ako magpapayat. Hindi [na] niya ako napansin."
As for Andre, he said that different aspects of love will be tackled in this episode of URL which airs for four Sundays starting October 23.
He said, "Bakit ako [as Eugene] nag-de-dating app because nagbreak kami ni Arra [San Agustin] pero friends kami.
"So that's another story people can relate nagbreak kayo pero magkaibigan pa kayo."
The 18-year-old newbie actress also said that she's excited for viewers's reactions to her dual role.
"Na-e-excite akong makita noong people na may scenes akong kausap ko yung sarili ko.
"It's a challenge na siyempre when you're talking to yourself din tapos magkaibang take yun, di ba, so yung reaction mo, dapat maalala mo. Medyo crazy."
Andre added, "May mga eksena kasi na she has to change characters so nakakatawa rin for me na, 'Oh my God, paano 'to?' Wow."
Andre Paras and Mikee Quintos are the lead stars of URL: Perfect Fit
STARSTRUCK 6 GRADUATES. Aside from Mikee and Andre, Starstruck 6 graduates Arra San Agustin and Jay Arcilla are also part of URL: Perfect Fit.
In the story, Arra plays Meg, Eugene's ex-girlfriend who chooses her career over love. "In the middle of the story, magiging kami ulit pero magbebreak ulit.
"Yung character ko, masyado akong career-oriented. For me, mas inuna ko yung career ko, yung future ko, yung plans ko for the future than my love life. So pinagpalit ko muna yun.
"At some point, pinagpalit ko yung love life ko para ma-establish yung career ko pero narealize ko rin na love ko pa rin si Eugene.
"Pero since yung story, yung main point din is yung second time around, minsan hindi naman siya nagwowork, minsan nagwowork. So sa relationship namin ni Eugene, hindi nag-work, nagbreak din kami eventually."
Meanwhile, Jay, who became known for his short kontrabida stint in Alyas Robin Hood, is cast as Ella's best friend who is secretly in love with her.
He pointed out, "Ako yung lalaki na masasabi kong tinutulungan ko yung best friend ko sa lahat ng bagay pero may gusto ako sa kanya talaga kaso ang ginawa ni Ella sa akin, friniendzone niya ako.
"Masakit pero kinaya ko naman. Kung ano yung gawin niya, sinusunod ko lang parang gusto kong makatulong sa kanya then pinagselosan ko dito si Eugene kasi yun nga nagpanggap si Ella na mas mayaman, si Cindy."
Starstruck 6 graduates Jay Arcilla and Arra San Agustin will play crucial roles in URL: Perfect Fit
Perfect Fit director Jorron Monroy revealed during the interview that he personally chose Arra and Jay since he has also directed one of their drama exercises in StarStruck.
The director describes the struggles of the four lead characters: "Story [ito] of four millennials of different social status in life. So may tindera sa tiangge, may sosyalerang todo, may jejemon nakasando, nakacap, and someone who's finding true love."
Andre, Mikee, Jay, and Arra will be seen in URL: Perfect Fit starting this Sunday, October 23.
In the first installment of URL titled Dream Date, which starred Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, and Jak Roberto, viewers had a chance to participate by sharing their videos.
The same thing will happen in this new offering.
Andre gave an example in one of their scenes: "A friend gives me advice. Para magmove on ka, eto pare, panuorin mo itong video sa internet."
Mikee also said that there is a scene where she watched make-up tutorials submitted by netizens in URL's Facebook page.
But aside from that, direk Jorron made sure that Perfect Fit would offer something new in this installment.
He said, "Meron kami noong four-way split na tinatawag na parang may time kasi yung story namin, tapos pinapakita naming yung interaction, pinapakita namin yung ginagawa ng usual Filipino at these times.
"Meron kaming storyteller na big celebrity na hindi pa namin sasabihin muna. So parang interaction muna and this will be one of GMA's prime actors."
Asked for a clue about this celebrity, Jay only quipped, "Idol ko 'to, e."