Model-turned-actor Gil Cuerva is Jennylyn Mercado's new leading man in My Love From The Star.
GMA-7 will soon be airing a remake of the hit Korean drama series.
The big reveal was made on the Kapuso network's evening news program 24 Oras in a live interview with Chika Minute host Iya Villania.
The 21-year-old Filipino-Spanish model replaced Alden Richards who was first confirmed to portray the lead role.
Gil will play the character of Matteo Do, an alien who got stuck on Earth for 400 years and eventually fell in love with a human named Steffi Cheon.
During the interview, Gil noted that this is his first-ever acting job and he was overwhelmed by the trust given to him by the Kapuso network.
The new Kapuso star recalled how he bagged the roled and said, "It was also surprising because it was something unexpected.
"Nasa Hong Kong po ako nun when I received the e-mail from my management to audition for this role.
"Nagkataon, I was really going to come back kasi I was gonna fix some papers for my school saka for my visa.
"Pupunta rin dapat akong Thailand but sabi ko, 'I might as well audition, malay mo makuha ako.' And lo and behold, nakuha ko."
MLFTS REMAKE. On what to expect from this Kapuso primetime series, Jennylyn answered, "Bagong team-up, siyempre fresh 'to dahil bagong-bago si Gil."
Aside from their new love team, the Kapuso actress promises to bring her own flavor in portraying Steffi's character, also noting that this is her first-ever romantic-comedy primetime series.
Jennylyn told Iya, "Personal touch, kasi ako sa bawat proyektong ginagawa ko, laging may personal touch. Laging nagbibigay ako ng a little of myself. Yung binibigay ko yung konting attitude ko, yung buhay ko. Para di ba, may personal touch talaga, para maging mas effective.
The Kapuso actress added, "Hindi porke't remake, gagayahin namin talaga yung eksaktong galaw nila or yung arte nila. Siyempre meron ding kaming kanya-kanyang thing. Si Direk [Joyce Bernal] siyempre, yung mga writers natin, at yung mga bawat artista."
As for Gil, "Ipapakita ko kung paano ako magmahal ng isang babae. I want to show my romantic side and I want to portray kung paano magmahal ang isang Pinoy through the character of Matteo."
Gil promises fans that they will also enjoy the kilig scenes from this Kapuso remake.
He said, "Kung nagustuhan niyo yung original version, kikiligin din kayo dito, lalo na nandito si Jennylyn. And we have Direk Joyce who is synonymous to a sure guarantee na makikilig kayo rito."
Yesterday, December 8, photos of Jennylyn and Gil became viral when they were photographed together while taping The Magic of Christmas: The GMA Christmas special. This fueled speculations that they would be the lead stars of My Love from the Star.