She may raise a few eyebrows but Angel Locsin thinks the hotly-anticipated "La Luna Sangre" will be better than both hits "Lobo" and "Imortal."
The actress, who will reprise her Lia role for the first episodes of the primetime serye, said of stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo: "I'm very happy na isu-surrender namin itong next project sa kanila kasi sa tingnin namin eh hihigitan pa nila ang nagawa namin."
The pilot week of the much-hyped "La Luna Sangre," set some years after the events of "Imortal," will see Lia attempt to raise and protect her daughter Malia (Bernardo) with Mateo, a vampire portrayed by John Lloyd Cruz.
In a press conference held Tuesday night, Locsin said her optimism over the future of the franchise stems from what she's seen so far from both Padilla and Bernardo, praising the love team for their hard work and clear potential despite being new to doing action scenes.
Noting that Padilla is the nephew of action icon Robin Padilla, Locsin added: "Si Daniel naman, excited akong makita siyang mag-fight scene dahil idol ko iyong tito niya. Parang hindi naman ako magtataka kung magpakitang gilas rin siya dito pagdating sa fight scenes talaga."
Squeezing in one last piece of advice, she said: "Basta mag-ingat lang kayo. Huwag niyong i-asa iyong safety niyo sa ibang tao. Iyon ang unang-una ninyong priority: Lagi niyong alagaan ang safety ninyo."
Aside from being billed as Locsin's return to primetime, "La Luna Sangre" will also mark the first television appearance of Richard Gutierrez as a Kapamilya. He will play the series' big baddie, Sandrino, said to be the lord of the vampires.
Asked for his advice to action-newcomers Padilla and Bernardo, Gutierrez, who has played heroic figures in the past, said: "Sa mga action scenes nila, iyong training nila importante iyon so don't take that for granted."
"Also, enjoy the process. Mahalaga iyon eh. Kahit puyat ka na, kahit pagod ka na, kapag hindi mo ine-enjoy eh mababaliwala lahat. So just enjoy the moment."
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, "La Luna Sangre" will premiere on June 19.