MIKAEL Daez is one of the leading men in “Legally Blind” and she co-stars with Lauren Young, sister of his inamorata, Miss World 2013 Megan Young. What if they’re asked to do a kissing scene in the show? “Walang ganun kasi we both requested ni Lauren, sa story conference, na huwag kaming lagyan ng love angle,” says Mikael. “Lalo namang walang kissing scene kasi I’m sure we’ll both feel awkward. Parang incest na 'yun kasi younger sister nga siya ni Megan. Si Janine Gutierrez ang kapareha ko rito at siya naman, sina Rodjun Cruz and Marc Abaya ang makakasama niya.”
Lauren adds: “Ako rin, for the first time, I will be unprofessional and refused to do such a scene. Hindi ko talaga kaya.”
Before, Mikael used to be evasive when asked about his relationship with Megan. But he’s more receptive now, admitting he first met Megan when they were both still students at Ateneo. “This is the first time I am putting it on record,” he grins. “Noon kasi, bawal aminin kasi may loveteam ako with Andrea Torres while Megan is with the other network hanggang mag-Miss World nga siya.”
They’re officially together for six years now and he sees Megan as THE ONE, but they don’t have any plans of walking down the aisle anytime soon as there’s no need to rush. “We’re just enjoying every moment of what we have now.”
In “Legally Blind”, Mikael plays Edward, a lawyer who helps Janine, a blind lawyer, in her quest for justice to find out who raped her and caused her blindness. In the process, he falls in love with her without knowing that Janine’s rapist is his own older brother, played by Marc Abaya.
“I have to talk to actual lawyers to prepare for my role,” he says. “It also helps na matindi ang suporta ng director namin, Ricky Davao. Maganda 'yung conflict ng character ko rito kasi I discover that the man who raped and nearly killed the girl I love, ang sarili ko palang kapatid.”
MAJA'S THREE LEADING MEN EXERT TOO MUCH EFFORT
MAJA Salvador has no less than three hunky leading men in “Wildflower” Joseph Marco, Vin Abrenica and RK Bagatsing, all of whom are always willing to bare their chiseled torsos in many shirtless scenes. “Tipid nga sila sa wardrobe nila rito,” Maja jokes. “Kasi lagi silang nakahubad.”
Joseph says it’s quite a challenge for him to be paired with Maja after working with the likes of Alex Gonzaga and Coleen Garcia. “Mas kabado ako kasi hasang-hasa si Maja sa drama kaya nahihiya ako sa kanya noong una,” he says. “But she turned out to be very friendly kaya naging comfortable naman ako agad. I look at working with her as a chance to grow as an actor kasi kailangang makasabay ako sa husay niya sa drama.”
Maja says that of her three leading men, RK is the most quiet. RK has proven his being a good actor in several indie films, notably “Apocalypse Child”, where he got acting nominations. But he was really noticed as the caring elder brother of Erich Gonzales in “Be My Lady”. “Maganda ang role ko rito as a politician na magkakaroon ng kaugnayan kay Maja,” says RK. “I’ve long been wanting to work with her at hindi ako na-disappoint kasi magaling talaga siya, very professional and helpful sa kaeksena niya.”
“Wildflower” is Vin’s first teleserye with ABS-CBN. “Ipinagdasal ko talagang magka-soap ako rito and my prayer has been answered,” he says. “Maja is so nice to work with. Nagulat ako sa mga ginawa niya sa’kin. I cannot reveal it pero basta lumabas na maganda ang mga eksena namin. Nagkaroon kami ng mga pasa at sugat. Maliit lang naman.”
Maja says she enjoyed doing scenes with all the three guys. “Kung wild ako rito sa ‘Wildflower’, puro wild din sila. Grabe ang energy at pagiging ganado nilang tatlo in their respective roles,” she says.
WANTED: YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS FOR 'MATILDA'
‘MATILDA’ is an award-winning hit musical in Broadway, New York, and at the West End in London, based on the stories of Roald Dahl. The inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life, with book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, “Matilda” has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.
A little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers, Matilda is unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her school teacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality.
Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing however - the school's mean headmistress Miss Trunchbull hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!
Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is now proud to announce open call auditions for boys and girls ages 7 - 12 for all kids roles including Matilda, Bruce, Lavender and the rest of her singing, dancing, high-energy young classmates, to be held on March 18, 2017 at the G-Force Dance Centre, Penthouse IL Terazzo, 35 Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Madriñan Street, Quezon City. Registration is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. while auditions are from 11a.m. - 5p.m.
Please come prepared to sing one musical theatre song. Bring with you a 3R headshot photo, a copy of your birth certificate, a CV, a guardian’s waiver/consent, and be prepared to fill out a registration form upon arrival.