Alden Richards is aware about the pre-judgment made by netizens regarding his upcoming GMA-7 show Victor Magtanggol.
Upon the release of its first teaser, netizens became vocal as they pointed out the similarities of Alden's character with Thor, the role portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the Avengers movie franchise.
Esquire Philippines also wrote an opinion piece about the similarities between Victor Magtanggol and Thor.
This prompted GMA-7 executive Annette Gozon-Abrogar to repost the article and explain that the Kapuso series is part of Norse mythology, which belongs to public domain.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the July 23 media conference of Victor Magtanggol, Alden just gave a short comment about these observations.
He said, "Mas nandoon ako sa anggulo na hintayin niyo lang, teaser pa lang po 'yan.
"We have so much more to show you, guys."
Despite these comments, Alden looks forward to the airing of the series, which he considers as one of his biggest breaks in showbiz.
"Mas marami naman yung naka-appreciate. Mas marami yung nag-aabang sa pagbabalik ko po sa prime-time and feeling ko po ito na yun.
"I could say this is one of my biggest breaks in my showbiz career."
Given this big break, Alden admitted that he also feels pressured by the project since Victor Magtanggol is considered as one of the big-budgeted shows of GMA-7 this 2018.
The Kapuso actor elaborated, "Medyo may kaba tapos yun nga, malaki yung budget so parang mas lalong nagkaroon ng pressure on my end and hindi lang sa akin, with the creatives and the team as well.
"But siguro, nawawala yun kapag sinimulan mo nang i-enjoy yung mga ginagawa mo and we don't take anything too seriously. Siguro yung shoot minsan, medyo."
TITLE ROLE. Alden is thankful to GMA-7 for giving him his first title role in Victor Magtanggol.
The Kapuso actor believes that it also comes with a bigger responsibility as an actor and colleague.
He said, "At the end of the day, ang laking factor na since I play Victor Magtanggol, the team looks up to me in a way, tinitignan nila ako palagi pagdating sa set.
"Kumbaga ako kasi, the way I work, hangga't nakikita kong nagtratrabaho mula yung director up to the utility, walang pagod hanggang umaga na kami nagsu-shoot, wala akong karapatang mapagod kasi mas mahirap yung trabaho nila sa akin.
"Ako, kapag hindi ako uma-acting, umaarte on certain takes, I'm just in the tent, sa aircon tent in my chair.
"Pero sila, work, 26-27 hours dire-diretso so I have no right to complain. And siguro, yun din yung kailangan kong i-project sa kanila para mas maging healthy yung work environment."
"BUHOS BUDGET." Based on the grand set-up, including Victor Magtanggol's computer graphics and visual effects, this project follows in the footsteps of GMA-7's successful telefantasyas, particularly the top-rating series Encantadia.
The Pambansang Bae hopes that Victor Magtanggol can live up to the expectations of viewers, especially those who loved the past fantasy-themed projects of the Kapuso network.
"Sa lahat po ng proyekto na ginagawa natin, hindi po nawawala yung aspiration to aim for a project to be successful.
"Lahat po tayo, hinahangad 'yan sa lahat ng proyekto so siyempre with Victor Magtanggol, gusto namin ma-achieve din niya yung success na ina-aspire namin for this project.
"Of course, with the help of the team, lahat ng taong involved sa show na ito and, of course, with the help po ng mga Kapusong manunuod, this will be one for the books. For me, personally ha, this is one for the books—being given an opportunity to play a title role."
Alden is also aware that GMA-7 and its management gave all its support for the show, especially in terms of budget.
"Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na hindi pinabayaan ng network yung Victor Magtanggol in terms of every aspect.
"Number one—the budget, buhos po kung buhos.
"Nakakataba ng puso na kung buhos yung management, buhos yung mga boss namin, siyempre, ibubuhos din namin lahat para mapaganda yung materyal na ginagawa namin."
Is he aware of Victor Magtanggol's budget?
He answered with a smile, "Hindi po, pero basta ang term lang nila sa akin is buhos budget."
Victor Magtanggol is set to air its pilot episode on July 30.
Co-starring Alden in this series are Janine Gutierrez, Coney Reyes, Andrea Torres, Kristoffer Martin, John Estrada, among others.