It is no secret that Loisa Andalio and Jerome Ponce's roles in The Good Son were meant for another actor and actress.
During the media announcement of the show—known back then as Kung Kailangan Mo Ako—Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona were supposed to be part of the series and figure in a love triangle with Joshua Garcia.
However, the ElNella tandem backed out of the ABS-CBN teleserye, pointing out their roles have changed and it won't be beneficial for them and for the show if they decided to pursue these roles.
For this reason, Loisa and Jerome were chosen as their replacement.
During the bloggers's conference of The Good Son held yesterday, September 14, at ABS-CBN's 9501 Restaurant, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Jerome and Loisa how they were chosen to take on the roles initially intended for Elmo and Janella.
Jerome said that he had to audition for the role of Enzo, a responsible but ill-tempered half-brother of Joshua's character.
He said, "Actually sa akin, nag-audition lang po ako para sa role. Marami rin po [kami] sa totoo lang.
"Sinabihan lang po ako what's the character, ano yung plano nila, yung story.
"Ako, meron din naman akong... taon na rin binilang ko dahil walang trabaho, guesting guesting.
"In-audition ko. Grinab ko yung opportunity, ako naman po yung napili."
During his audition with The Good Son director Manny Palo, Jerome was surprised that he already had to throw lines with Joshua, who is his rival in the show.
"Noong camera test, akala ko camera lang talaga at saka director yung mga kausap.
"Pero nandun si Joshua, talagang gusto talaga nila yung natural.
"So okay naman, nagkabatuhan kami pero sumugal sa akin si Direk. Di niya ako kilala, emotionally, background ko, yung mga nagawa ko, pero sumugal siya.
"Yun yung pinanghawakan ko, yung pagsugal niya sa akin."
Direk Manny's previous works include Doble Kara (2015-2017), Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo (2012), Tanging Yaman (2010), and Kambal Sa Uma (2009), which are all helmed by Dreamscape Entertainment, the unit producing The Good Son.
Meanwhile, Jerome's past two teleseryes were handled by GMO Entertainment Unit: Be Careful With My Heart (2012-2014) and Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita (2015).
As for Loisa, she revealed that she did not need to audition for her role as Hazel.
She explained, "Noong nagte-taping pa po ako ng My Dear Heart noon, sinabi lang po sa 'kin na may gagawin daw akong show.
"Ako naman po, basta kahit anong blessing yan, tinatanggap ko po."
This show also serves as a reunion for Joshua, Loisa, and Jerome, who were all part of Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita.
Aside from them, The Good Son will also feature two other love teams: McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson (McLisse), and Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad (NLex).
Also starring Eula Valdes, Mylene Dizon, and John Estrada, The Good Son will premiere on September 25 and will replace the Bea Alonzo-Ian Veneracion teleserye A Love To Last.