|Ronaldo Valdez and Bea Alonzo. File photo
MANILA, Philippines -- Veteran actor Ronaldo Valdez almost did not accept the role of Bea Alonzo's benefactor in the blockbuster hit "The Mistress."
Valdez told told ABS-CBNnews.com that with his busy schedule, he almost passed up on the chance to play Rico, the older married man who has a mistress played by Alonzo.
"Nagdalawang isip ako kasi may ginagawa din akong soap ('Ina Kapatid Anak'). Ayaw ko ng dala-dalawa mahirap. Ayaw kong mag-segue. Alam mo naman na hindi na tayo bata," the actor said.
"Kaso noong nalaman ko na si Direk Olive Lamasan (ang direktor) at nalaman ko 'yung script eh teka mahirap yatang tanggihan ito at mabuti na lang ay tinanggap ko," Valdez said.
Produced by Star Cinema, "The Mistress" is now close to becoming the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time after it has already earned P300 million worldwide.
"Ako'y tuwang tuwa naman na ako ay part noong project na 'yon. Siyempre tuwang tuwa kami. Mabuti naman at nagustuhan ng audience. Well kasi ako personally ay parang kakaiba siya sa usual na pelikula," Valdez said.
Valdez will once again be part of a love triangle in his latest series "Ina Kapatid Anak," which is headlined by Kim Chiu, Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee and Xian Lim.
In the new ABS-CBN primetime drama, Valdez plays Zacharias, the former husband of Pilar Pilapil's character and the father of Cherry Pie Picache's character
"Doon sa 'The Mistress' asawa at girlfriend ang ka-triangle. Dito naman asawa din pero ang ka-triangle ko naman ay lalaki naman si Eddie Gutierrez," Valdez said.
The seasoned actor believes the Filipino audience will love the new series, especially with its powerhouse cast and good story.
"Dito magagaling lahat ng kasama ko at napakaganda ng istorya napakainteresante. At siyempre ang direktor namin ay magaling, magaling magtagpi-tagpi ng istorya. So kailangan talaga, dapat masubaybayan," Valdez said.
"Ina Kapatid Anak" debuts on October 8 on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida block.