MANILA – Iza Calzado revealed that she will be playing a lawyer in her upcoming television series “Hawak Kamay,” which will reunite her with "Starting Over Again" co-star Piolo Pascual.
Sharing a bit about her role to ABS-CBN entertainment site Push, Calzado said her character Bianca will eventually be seen as Pascual’s love interest.
"I play Bianca Magpantay. She is a strict lawyer na parang sa umpisa medyo strict ako, hindi masyado natutuwa [sa character ni] Piolo pero I guess eventually magwa-warm ang heart niya,” she said. “I am just after the welfare of the kids and I always want what's right for the kids, what's fair.”
Calzado further said that behind the strong personality of her character is a struggling daughter who looks after her ailing father.
"My father is a lawyer and I will take care of my father because my father is not healthy anymore and my father got into an accident and ‘yung focus ko talaga all on him. So ‘yung character ko medyo hindi ako pa-girl, walang pa-sexy, seryoso ako,” she said.
Asked to share the general story of the series, Calzado gamely said that it's a story of a man "who faces the responsibility of taking care of three kids. And the question is if he is fit enough or responsible enough to take care of all three and that man is Piolo Pacual and I come into the picture as a DSWD lawyer, the family lawyer of his sister who passes away. That's how things start.”
Joining Calzado and Pascual in the series is Nikki Gil, who is making a TV comeback after “Maria Mercedes.”
In a separate interview, Pascual said he is thrilled to be working with friends.
“I'm excited to work with Iza again for something that's going to last longer. Sa ‘Milan’ cameo lang siya, tapos sa ‘Starting Over Again’ towards the last part na siya. First time kami magkakasama sa buong show. And also with Nikki. I only get to work with them sa 'ASAP' tapos finally we're working on a soap together. It's nice to work with friends,” he said.
“Comfort zone naman namin ang soap and sa dinamirami ng shows sa ABS-CBN, siguro naman mapagbibigyan kami sa magandang time slot. This is a new concept na magugustuhan ng viewers natin,” he added.
ABS-CBN has yet to announce when “Hawak Kamay” will air.