JASMINE Curtis Smith moved to GMA-7 last year and she was given a supporting role in her first soap as a Kapuso, “Pamilya Roces.” She’s now given a meatier role in her second assignment, “Descendants of the Sun,” as Capt. Moira Defensor, a general’s daughter who falls in love with a soldier who’s lower than her in rank, Rocco Nacino as Sgt. Diego Ramos or Wolf. The response of viewers to her team up with Rocco is so positive that many are now rooting for the forbidden romance between Moira and Diego.
“It’s really amazing the way viewers warmed up to the Diego-Moira tandem,” she says.
“When we read the comments on social media, they’re really cheering for us and urging us to fight for our love kahit na pinagbawalan si Diego ng father kong general to have a relationship with me. Wala kaming bashers at all. They really like us.”
How is it working with Rocco? “We’ve worked sa ‘Pamilya Roces’ but we had very few scenes there kasi ibang kapareha namin. But dito, we’re together a lot of times at marami kaming napag-uusapan about our personal likes and dislikes. We even share videos ng mga napapanood namin. Marami na ngang nagtatanong kung kailan ba bibigay si Diego para mag-smile na rin kay Moira but we don’t know yet kunsaan pupunta ang love story nila, so abangan nyo na lang po.”
Barbie Forteza declared when she did “Kara Mia” with Mika de la Cruz, who played her sister, that they have formed a beautiful friendship while doing the show. How about now that she and Kate Valdez play sisters in “Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday,” which is now on a new time slot shown after “Descendants of the Sun” and before “Love of My Life,” how would she call their relationship now?
“Nagkaroon din kami agad ng connection ni Kate kasi sa start pa lang ng taping namin, nag-out of town locations na kami sa Tacloban in Leyte and later sa Ilocos region,” she says. “Papunta pa lang doon, nag-bonding na kami and siempre, while we’re taping there, kuwentuhan kaya mas naging close kami agad.”
So how would she compare Kate to Mika?
“Ay, unfair namang mag-compare. When it comes to people, I never want to compare. Kasi ako mismo, ayoko nung feeling na ikino-compare ako sa iba. So bakit ko naman gagawin sa kanila? Bawat isa sa atin, may kanya-kanyang katangian at personality, magkakaiba tayo ng ugali at goals sa buhay, so it’s useless to make comparisons. Basta ang importante, friends ko sila pareho. Both of them, nakakasunod kami, on and off camera.”
Barbie is also pleased that her love team with Migo Adecer in “Anak ni Waray” is getting favorable feedback from viewers. “Kinikilig daw sila sa amin ni Migo,” she says.
Isn’t her boyfriend Jak Roberto getting jealous? “No, pati nga raw siya, kinikilig din sa amin ni Migo. Ha ha ha!”
Director Joel Lamangan is definitely our busiest director today. He has three new movies in the can: “Hindi Tayo Pwede” for Viva Films starring Lovi Poe, Marco Gumabao and Tony Labrusca; “Isa Pang Bahagari” for Heaven’s Best Entertainment with Nora Aunor, Phillip Salvador and Michael de Mesa that’s an entry in the summer Metro filmfest in April; and “In the Name of the Mother” starring Snooky Serna and Rita Daniela that’s an official entry in the ongoing Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal and will be released locally as a special Mother’s Day presentation in May.
On top of this, he has also finished a six-episode mini-series for iWant, “Beauty Queens,” starring Gloria Diaz, Winwyn Marquez, Maxine Medina and Lotlot de Leon to be released soon. How is it doing a unique love triangle movie like “Hindi Tayo Pwede” with a touch of whimsy as one of the parties involved is a ghost?
“Kakaiba siya, parang ‘Ghost’ noon ni Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Magaling ang pagkakasulat ni Ricky Lee sa script nito. Ang original title niyan is ‘In Between Goodbyes,’ kaso pinalitan ng Viva para magamit ang kanta ng The Juans’ na ‘Hindi Tayo Pwede,’ na okay rin naman. But I insisted gamitin rin ‘yung ‘Never Say Goodbye’ for Tony as the ghost.”
He’s very thankful Lovi, Marco and Tony are not “pasaway” and are all obedient on the set.
“They’re all very cooperative at lahat ng pinagagawa ko sa kanila sa love scenes, ginagawa nila without any complaints. May mga pasabog sila rito, lalo na si Marco. We watched the rushes of their love scenes at nagustuhan naman nila ang execution. I love it na nagtatanong sila about their roles kasi ibig sabihin noon, gusto nila talagang matuto. I also listen to their suggestions. Kung maganda, I accept it, but siempre, as the director, nasa akin pa rin ang final say.”
Zoren Legaspi is delighted to be part of the new afternoon soap, “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit,” as it gives him the chance to work with Nora Aunor.
“Growing up in the States, aware ako she’s a big superstar kasi my own mom is a fan of hers,” he says. “May kapatid nga akong ipinaglihi kay Ate Guy. Matagal na rin ako sa industry but this is the first time I get to work with her. I love working with veteran actors kasi you’ll learn a lot just doing scenes with them. But it can also be intimidating kasi alam mo ang calibre nila. For me, I just consider it a challenge para galingan ko rin at makapantay ako sa kahusayan nila.”
He was just paired with Mylene Dizon in “Sahaya,” and now they’re together again in “Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit” which is now the toprater in its slot.
“Yes, parang love team na raw kami. In both shows, parehong iniwan ko siya na pregnant with our child. Pero mas mabait ako sa ‘Sahaya.’ Dito kasi, iniwan ko siya to marry Ina Feleo at pinabayaan ko pati anak naming si Kyline Alcantara, who will later fall in love sa son namin ni Ina na si Yasser Mata, so nandun ang isa pang malaking pagkakaiba rito sa TV remake.”