JENNYLYN Mercado is now definitely the leading lady of DIngdong Dantes in “Descendants of the Sun”. It was already reported before that she’ll be Dong’s partner but they denied it repeatedly since Jen still had an existing show with Gabby Concepcion, but now that it has ended, they’re free to announce what we’ve known all along, that she will play the role of Dr. Kang or Beauty in the original Korean series, but now renamed as Dr. Maxine de la Cruz. Dingdong will play Big Boss, who’s now renamed as Captain Lucas Manalo.
Dingdong and the other male stars of the show have previously taken military training with the Armed Forces to prepare for their respective roles in the series. Now, it’s the turn of Jennylyn to prepare for his role as a doctor, a cardio-thoracic specialist, to be exact, with the AFP Health Service Command.
“This is a big blessing for me,” says Jen. “I felt overwhelmed with gratitude when I learned ako talaga ang napili nila. I felt pressured also kasi I know how big a flagship project this is for GMA. So I promise I will do everything and give my 100 percent best to give justice to the role and nang hindi naman ako mapahiya sa mga nagtiwala sa akin. I promise not to let them down. Pinag-aralan ko talagang mabuti ang character ni Dr. Kang at ayokong malayo sa kanya. She is a skilled surgeon who can be headstrong and principled and always willing to do everything in her power for the sake of her patients, even if she’s putting herself at risk.”
A lot of her Kapuso co-stars congratulated her after it was confirmed that she bagged the role, including her BF Dennis Trillo who is so happy for her to be DIngdong’s leading lady. Dennis and Dong have just worked together in ‘Cain at Abel”. She’s also excited to work with Dong.
“Right after I won sa first Starstruck 15 years ago, where Dong was the host, napasama agad ako sa very first and original ‘Encantadia’ series, but hindi kami magkapareha. Parang support lang ako. Ngayon lang talaga kami magkakasama na kami ang magkatambal so it’s really exciting for me to finally get to work with him like this.”
She’s also looking forward to work with the rest of the big powerhouse cast that includes Rocco Nacino as Diego Ramos or ‘Wolf’ and Jasmine Curtis Smith as Moira Defensor, and the Soldiers Team composed of Lucho Ayala, Jon Lucas, Paul Salas, Prince Clemente, Ricardo Cepeda at Antonio Aquitania, and the Doctors and Nurses Team consisting of Andre Paras, Chariz Solomon, Nicole Donesa, Jenzel Angeles, Reese Tuazon and Renz Fernandez. Also in the supporting cast are Bobby Andrews, Neil Ryan Sese, Ian Ignacio, Rich Asuncion, Marina Benipayo, Hailey Mendes and Roi Vinzon. This is under the direction of Dominic Zapata.