After being launched last September 7, Kapuso Tween Stars Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Bea Binene, Jhake Vargas, Kristoffer Martin, Lexi Fernandez, Louise de los Reyes and Derek Monasterio will all be seen in the new youth-oriented drama series titled Reel Love presents Tween Hearts starting this Sunday, September 26, right after Party Pilipinas.
They will be starring with Yaman ni Lola cast member and former Endless Love baddie Joyce Ching.
These tweens are ready for the eight-part episode of Tween Hearts, which features an endearing storyline and characterization, intriguing plots, and universal theme for all ages.
THE TWEENS’ CHARACTERS. After many years of separation, Bambi (Barbie) is finally reunited with her mom Irene (Sylvia Sanchez) and older sister Belinda (Bea). She lived a simple life with her father Ted (Emilio Garcia) in the province while Belinda experienced a luxurious lifestyle with Irene in the city.
The differences between Bambi and Belinda ignited further tensions which are also triggered by the special attention given by Irene to Bambi to make up for the lost time they were not together.
"May confrontation kami," revealed Bea when she spoke with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last September 20 at the 17th floor function room of the GMA Network Building. "Pero hindi naman grabe. Kasi matagal nga kaming hindi nagkasama and when finally kasama na namin siya ng mother ko, masyado ang atensyon sa kanya kaya nagseselos ako sa kanya.
"Talagang magkaiba ang character namin. Siya kasi, tahimik, mahinhin. Ako, ang character ko, parang tomboyish. Tough," Bea said about her character Belinda.
Belinda finds comfort in the arms of Jacob (Jhake) known as one of the school’s outcasts. Jacob offers reassuring words to Belinda which later on develop into a special friendship between the two.
"Ang character ko po dito, parang katulad din dun sa First Time na si Baste. Quiet-type na musician. Kaibahan lang po, OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) ang parents ko," Jhake explained about his role Jacob.
Barbie said her character Bambi is not close to her sister Belinda, whereas in real life, she is very close to her older sister or ate. "Very close po kami ng ate ko. At isa pa pong pagkakaiba namin ng character ko sa totoong buhay, hindi po ako tahimik, ha-ha-ha!"
Aside from Bambi’s newfound home, she also transfers to Belinda’s campus where she meets a new batch of friends including Luisa (Louise), Aya (Joyce), and Jacob. Adding spice to her school life are Leslie (Lexi), Chris (Kristoffer), Rick (Derek) and Josh (Joshua).
Joyce on being Aya: "May pagka-weird po. Kumakausap po ako ng halaman at mga insekto. Bale ibang klase pong nerd."
Lexi on why she likes her her character Leslie: "Challenging po kasi. Siya po yung kontrabida, ’queen bee’ ng school. Challenging po siya kasi hindi naman po ako ganun talaga sa totoong buhay."
Kristoffer said he identifies very well with his character Chris: "Varsity po kasi siya ng basketball. E, sa totoong buhay po, varsity po ako ng swimming."
Aya, Leslie and Chris form a love triangle which will spice up the show even more.
Young achiever Louise said her Luisa character has a bit of the real Louise on her. "Achiever po kasi talaga siya. Kasi noong elementary po running for honors po ako talaga. Except dito, yung character ko po, papansin. Wannabe—wannabe leader, wannabe sikat. Hindi naman po ako kontrabida, pero epal lang talaga."
Luisa will try to ruin her campus leader-boyfriend Rick played by Derek who described his character as 70 percent true to the real Derek. "Seventy percent po, totoo. Thirty percent, na malayo. Kasi po yung 70 percent, yung pagiging campus heartthrob. In real life po, totoo. Yung pagiging leader ni Rick 30 percent lang po sa totoong ako. Hindi naman po ako ganun na campus leader talaga."
Josh is widely known as the over-achiever on campus. He spends more time alone and often rejects the rules imposed by his sister Rose (Roxanne Barcelo).
"Ako po yung sakit ng ulo sa school. Malayung-malayo po sa tunay na buhay ko ang character ko, sobrang angas talaga. Hindi na tama yung pagkaangas niya," Joshua said about his character in the show.
Nothing can get in his way except Bambi who softens his heart and strong persona.
TWEENS IN TROUBLE. Trouble starts when Rick, Belinda, and Leslie organize an underground victory party to celebrate the championship won by the school’s varsity team led by Chris (Kristoffer). Even the school’s outcasts headed by Bambi, Jacob, Aya, and Luisa arrive at the party.
In the middle of merrymaking, a commotion erupts. It’s the troublesome Josh who starts it all yet everyone is reprimanded and the school elders order them to attend a recollection as punishment.
The students think it’s just the usual recollection, but they get the shock of their lives when they discover that the affair involves various activities that will test their strengths, weaknesses, emotions, and way of thinking.
What will happen to these bitter sisters? Will an earnest apology be enough to heal the wounds that ripped them apart? Will Bambi become the perfect tool to warm the heart of the bully Josh? Will the music geek Jacob be able to tame the spoiled brat Belinda? Who will win Chris’s heart? The "queen bee" Leslie or the eccentric Aya? Who will end up victorious in the never-ending battle between Luisa and Rick?
To prepare for their roles, the entire cast took extensive workshops and trainings facilitated by the episode’s director Gina Alajar. Kit Villanueva-Salcedo heads the pool of scriptwriters for the show with Roy Iglesias as Senior Creative Consultant and Denoy Navarro-Punio as Creative Consultant.