This was the answer of Mikoy Morales when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked him to describe his and Mikee Quintos's working experience with Cherie Gil.
The two young Kapuso actors are co-starring with Cherie in GMA-7's upcoming weekly fantasy series Sirkus.
In this show, Mikoy and Mikee play fraternal twins named Mia and Miko who will be part of a rag-tag group of circus performers. The main antagonist in the story named La Ora will be portrayed by Cherie.
For some young stars, Cherie looks very intimidating because of the characters she portrayed in previous projects.
However, Mikoy believes otherwise.
“Nakakalimutan siguro ng ibang tao na parang tao rin sila.
“Ewan ko, ang dami kasing tao na may tendency na mang-showbiz, magpuri masyado.
“Buti na lang, hindi kami ganun ni Mikee, hindi kami ganun sa cast, kaya siguro nakasundo rin namin siya.
“I think we made her feel na she belongs sa amin.”
In fact, during their first encounter with Cherie on the set, Mikoy and Mikee felt proud of themselves.
He narrated, “May time nga na nag-shoot kami ng first ever fight scene namin na ka-eksena siya, magkatabi kami ni Mikee 'tapos nagre-read lines nang nandun si Cherie Gil.
“Parang ako, 'Mikee, kontrabida natin si Cherie Gil.'
“Sabi niya, 'Oo nga, artista na tayo!' Sabi ko, 'Oo nga! Si Cherie Gil nagre-read lines sa atin.'
What happened when they taped the actual scene?
Mikoy smiled and said, “Okay naman kasi organic. Nag-work na lang kasi, noong una, parang nai-intimidate pa kami sa kanya. But she's very warm, very real.”
CHERIE APPROVES. Cherie also seems to have enjoyed the company of the two young Kapuso stars.
This was not the first time that Cherie encountered Mikoy.
She was one of the judges in GMA-7's defunct talent search show titled Protege, where Mikoy ended up as one of the runners-up.
Now that they have reunited via Sirkus, Cherie praised Mikoy as well as his partner Mikee.
“I love these two,” said the veteran actress.
“There were few times when I get caught by the tandem or the love team or the duo.
“As I started working with them, I've truly enjoyed watching them together.
“They have a great chemistry.”
In a separate interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Cherie reiterated how happy she is to work with Mikoy, Mikee, and the other cast members of Sirkus.
“This is a great bunch,” she said.
“For me, the vibe on the set is really carried on by the director and, of course, the people behind it.
“It's always the intention. Nobody is trying to be better than the other. It's a collaboration.
“When that vibe comes in, you know that you're in a good place.
“That's why I said this show is going to be wild because of that and Zig [Dulay, director] has a nice temperament.”
Joining Mikoy, Mikee, and Cherie in the show are Gardo Versoza, Sef Cadayona, Chariz Solomon, Andre Paras, and Klea Pineda.
Watch the magical journey of Mia and Miko in Sirkus beginning this Sunday, January 21, on GMA-7.