At the grand presscon of My Dear Heart, Zanjoe Marudo was put on the spot when told that his leading lady Bela Padilla is a spitting image of his ex-girlfriend Bea Alonzo.
Asked to comment about it, Zanjoe evasively replied, “Yun talaga? Kamukha ba?”
While he acknowledged that some people have been telling him that Bela looks like Bea, the Kapamilya actor maintained that his co-star possesses a beauty of her own.
“Sinasabi nila hawig… Pero siyempre ang tagal na naming magkasama ni Bela, hindi naman [sila magkamukha ni Bea].
“May sarili siyang ganda.”
Zanjoe also commended Bela who plays his best friend-turned-wife in My Dear Heart, which will begin airing on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida beginning today, January 23, right after FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.
“Ang natural umarte ni Bella sa mga eksenang mag-best friends kami. Ang hirap nun, e.
“Ngayon lang kami nagkatrabaho. Hindi naman talaga kami magkaibigan sa totoong buhay.
“Nung nagsimula yung taping, hindi naman talaga kami close. So paano mo ibibigay yung simula bata pa lang magkaibigan na kayo?”
For her part, Bela said that she admires how Zanjoe easily gets into his character at a moment’s notice.
Bela elaborated, “Magkaiba kaming dalawa kung paano kami magtrabaho.
“Ako kailangan ko pa mag-prepare sa isang eksena, lalo na kapag malungkot. Kailangan tahimik muna ako, makikinig muna ng music. Ang tagal tagal…
“Siya, pagdating niya sa set, ready na kaagad. Parang, saan nanggagaling yun? Palagi siyang ready.”
In response, Zanjoe quipped, “Magaling lang po ako mag-pretend!”
Bela added that she didn't have a hard time establishing rapport with Zanjoe from the first time they did a scene for My Dear Heart's trailer.
"May eksena kami na lalapit kami kay Tita Coney [Reyes]. Tapos parang tinanong ko lang siya, 'Puwede ba kitang hawakan sa shoulder?'
"Nakita ko comfortable naman siya. Kaya siguro parang na at ease din ako pagdating sa set sa talagang first day ng taping."
In My Dear Heart, Zanjoe and Bela bring life to a happily-married couple Jude and Clara with a charming daughter, Heart (played by showbiz newcomer Nayomi Ramos).
Their lives, however, will head a turn for the worse when Heart is diagnosed with a congenital heart disease and eventually falls into coma.
How will Jude and Clara cope with the possibility that Heart may never wake up again?