After portraying siblings in Ang Tanging Ina, Shaina Magdayao and Carlo Aquino are now cast as a married couple in The Better Half.
They played brother and sister in the smash comedy hit Ang Tanging Ina wherein Ai-Ai Delas Alas was cast as their mother.
In the 2003 movie, Carlo played Tri while Shaina's name was Seven, which makes them the third and seventh child of Ai-Ai's character, respectively.
This 2017, the two young stars now play the married couple Camille and Marco in the ABS-CBN teleserye The Better Half.
Shaina said about this, "Isa siguro sa factors ng showbiz na ito, napakaliit talaga ng mundo, ano?
"Kaya nung iprinisent sa 'kin ito, parang challenge yun, ha. Noong nalaman ko si Carlo na isang leading man, wow challenge, pero sige challenge accepted.
"Alam niyo naman po na since first movie ng Ang Tanging Ina, siya po ang Tri ng buhay ko, at ako si Severina, so paano?"
They informed Ai-Ai, whom they fondly call as Mama.
She continued, "Sabi nga namin kay Mama, paano? Incest!
"But you know, work is work and isa siguro sa challenge sa amin and mas ginaganahan kami na hindi si Tri at si Seven yung napanuod niyo kundi ang magpangga na sina Camille at Marco."
When members of the press were treated to an advanced screening of The Better Half's first two episodes, it was seen that Shaina and Carlo shot a love scene.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Shaina and Carlo if they felt awkward while shooting the intimate scene.
Shaina then teased her partner, "Parang hindi siya nahirapan!"
Carlo then explained, "Unang-una kasi, importante yung kumportable ka siyempre sa katrabaho mo.
"Yun na nga, ever since mga bata pa kami, magkakilala kami ni Shaina."
Aside from Shaina, Carlo also had a love scene with co-star Denise Laurel, whom he calls D.
He continued, "Si D naman, nakatrabaho ko na sa ibang projects. Yun yung una siyempre, na kumportable ako sa kanila at kumportable sila sa akin.
"Respeto lang at saka professionalism. Dapat professional lang," said the Kapamilya actress during the press con proper of The Better Half yesterday, February 9.
The Better Half is ABS-CBN's new offering on the daytime slot. It will air its pilot episode on February 13 after It’s Showtime, replacing the long-running series Doble Kara.
SHAINA'S HUGOT. In The Better Half, Camille and Marco play a happily married couple until Marco decides to go to Dubai for work.
Tragedy strikes when Marco's airplane crashed and his body is nowhere to be found. This leads Camille to think that he might be already dead.
It turned out that Marco acquired amnesia and was under the wing of his childhood friend Bianca (Denise).
Camille decides to move on with Rafael (JC De Vera) and marries him.
In a twist of fate, Camille crosses paths with Marco and decides to rekindle their love for each other.
One of the most remarkable lines Shaina had in the teaser was, "Forgive me, Father for I have sinned, I am having an affair with my husband."
The actress admitted that she could not refuse the offer to topbill The Better Half, which is under the helm of business unit head Ginny Ocampo.
Shaina explained, "Meron kasing isang napakahirap at napakasarap na gawin na eksena. Actually, lahat naman po kayo, nakita niyo yung mga soap na nagawa ko and this my first time to do a show under Miss Ginny's unit.
"Um-oo ako agad when they pitched it to me dahil maganda yung plot, maganda yung struggles, maganda yung characters.
"Siguro kaya ako inspired magtrabaho ngayon dahil… I'm not saying because our writers are here, pero napakalinis kung paano nila sinulat ang buong istorya, buong flow.
"Even yung mga lines namin, hindi siya pinapasabi lang. Kumbaga may rason kung bakit sinasabi kaya ang sarap sabihin ng isang artista.
"Ikaw bilang isang artista ang job mo na lang is just to really listen to your director and namnamin mo na lang kung ano yung sinasabi ng character mo because we are all in good hands because of our writers."
The 27-year-old actress disclosed another scene that viewers can look forward to in this series directed by Jeffrey Jeturian.
"Meron dun isang eksenang ibinigay sa amin na parang letting go, bumibitaw na si Camille at sumigaw sya dun sa mountain, 'Gusto ko nang bumitaw!'
"At sabi niya na ayaw na niyang magpalunod sa lungkot ng nakaraan. Ansabeh!
"So again, gaya nga ng sabi ko, kung ikaw ay umibig and finally you wanna stand up and move on just like Camille, makakarelate kayo.
"At kung tatanungin niyo ako, oo naman, nakarelate ako!"