MANILA, Philippines – Never in her wildest dreams did actress Janice de Belen think that she will one day play wife opposite her real-life brother-in-law Ariel Rivera.
Rivera is the husband of de Belen's sister Gelli.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Janice said she considers her team-up with Rivera as one of the biggest challenges in her career.
She also said she talked to her sister about it before the series “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” started.
"Nag-usap din kami ni Gelli, and she said ha ha ha [lang]," Janice shared.
De Belen earlier said her sister sees nothing wrong with their roles.
"Tumawa, 'yun lang naman. Wala namang problema 'yon kay Geli," she said.
"Hindi naman kasi leading man, hindi na naman kami mga bagets. Co-star. Alam mo na nakikita ko siya off-cam and I know he is a good actor and he really is a good actor," de Belen said of her brother-in-law.
Although people may be intrigued, de Belen said agreeing to accept such roles is still part of her job as an actress.
In an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com last week, Rivera also admitted that his role in "Ina Kapatid Anak" is proving to be a big challenge for him -- for exactly the same reason.
"Personally for me, being the husband of Janice, on that level it's difficult," Rivera said.
Rivera also revealed that his wife was surprised to hear that her husband will be doing the role opposite her sister.
"Nagtaka din siya, pare-pareho kami. 'Sigurado ka, ikaw?' (she asked me.) But I said it's a great challenge for me and even more because I admire Janice. When I see how she perfects her craft and how she goes above her work, nakita ko 'yung kagalingan niya talaga," he said. – with a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News