MANILA, Philippines – After years of being paired with actress Erich Gonzales, young actor Enchong Dee is set to headline a new television series, his first with a love team partner other than Maria la del Barrio herself.
|Enchong Dee and Maja Salvador team up in "Ina, Anak, Kapatid"
Dee, whose tandem with Gonzales has spanned four TV series and two films, is gearing up for a new soap opera, which will see his first team-up with actress Maja Salvador.
“First time kong gagawa ng teleserye na hindi si Erich ‘yung makakasama ko, and si Maja ‘yung makakasama. And I’m so happy dahil matagal ko nang hino-hope na si Maja naman maka-pareha ko. To begin with, barkada na talaga kami without having any shows together,” Dee said on Friday during the show’s story conference.
Joining Dee and Salvador in the new soap, titled “Ina, Anak, Kapatid,” are actress Kim Chiu and actor Xian Lim. The show, directed by Don Cuaresma and Jojo Saguin, will take on the heavy drama route, Dee said.
“Actually naging mas masaya ako nung nalaman kong drama ‘tong gagawin namin. Telenovela kung telenovela ‘tong gagawin namin. Kasi nagwo-worry ako baka light nanaman. Ngayon talagang drama. Labanan kami ng yaman dito, ‘yun sigurado ‘yun, [parang] rich kids,” Dee said.
The characters’ riches come from their thriving business in the shoe industry, which will also be the source of the story’s conflict, he said.
“Beside dun sa story ng ina, kapatid at anak, iikot rin kami sa sapatos, so simula palang, minsan may mga shots kami mula sa paa going up, so pagandahan ng sapatos,” he said. “So doon iikot, sa sapatos, du’n ‘yung trabaho, ‘yung conflict, sa shoe industry, atsaka yumaman ‘yung pamilya dahil sa shoe industry.”
While he plays another “rich kid” role in the new soap – his previous character Luis Fernando in “Maria la del Barrio” had his own furniture business – Dee said his new role in “Ina” has other marked differences from his “angry” character in “Maria.”
“Si Luis kasi nagsimula sa galit eh, puro galit siya. Dito siguro simula palang andu’n na ‘yung pagiging romantic, ‘yung love story agad. And at the same time, hindi siya seryosong tao, unlike Luis. Ito prior to meeting the love team, masayahin na kami,” Dee said.
Aside from his new love team with Salvador, Dee also finds confidence in his other co-stars in the upcoming series.
“Hindi pa ako nakakaramdam ng pressure kasi I’m with four amazing actors of my generation na alam ko na hindi nila hahayaan na lumaylay ‘yung kwento. Ngayon kampante ako kasi kasama ko Kim, Rayver (Cruz), Xian,” Dee said.
While Dee gears up for filming of “Ina, Anak, Kapatid,” the young actor is also busy shooting for Star Cinema’s “The Reunion,” where he will star with actress Jessy Mendiola, and actors Kean Cipriano, Enrique Gil and Lim.