MANILA – Richard Gomez never imagined that fans would still accept his on-screen romance with former real-life girlfriend Dawn Zulueta.
Since their love team dates back to the early '90s, both Gomez and Zulueta are overwhelmed by the fact that they gained an even larger following many years after they did the movie “Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit.”
Speaking with Boy Abunda for “The Bottomline” which aired on Saturday, the two said they find it interesting and funny that their tandem is in the running with those of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, and James Reid and Nadine Lustre.
“I think we also deliver a different flavor naman as far as love teams are concerned. At least meron naman silang mature version,” Zulueta said.
“When we play a part, the audience is coming along joining the ride with us. Siguro in their minds, they know that we have a past, there’s a history, siguro mas madali para sa kanila i-imagine na it’s real. Ang hirap ipaliwanag,” Zulueta said of their love team's appeal.
Gomez, on the other hand, credits the role of television for the continued success of their love team.
“Siguro it’s a power of media, television, Cinema One na until now, they see ‘Hihintaying Kita sa Langit.’ Doon pa rin nagko-continue ang thinking nila,” he said.
Considered as one of the most sought-after tandems in the '90s, Gomez and Zulueta reunited on screen in the series "Walang Hanggan," which concluded in October 2012.
The two will star in the upcoming Star Cinema movie “The Love Affair,” which opens on Wednesday.
Asked why people should watch their movie, Zulueta said: “It’s a family drama. It’s for a mature audience. It’s a very now kind of story, what happens in marriage of a couple that is already in their midlife.”
As for Gomez, he said people can relate to the movie.
“There’s a big possibility na when you see this movie, you will see yourself in it. One way or another, your personality as an audience, sasabihin mo, ‘Buhay ko ito, nangyayari iyan sa akin ngayon.’ You can really relate to it,” he said.