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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 25, 2013

Jeric Gonzales On Wooing Her 'Pyra' Co-Star Thea Tolentino

JERIC GONZALES got fat when he was doing “Love and Lies” but he is in much better shape now, thanks to diet and exercise. He’s elated that GMA-7 is launching his love team with co-‘Protegee’ winner Thea Tolentino in “Pyra, Babaeng Apoy” that starts airing tomorrow afternoon. Before this, they were also paired in “Teen Gen”, but Thea went solo in “Anna Karenina”.

“So ngayon, pinagsama kami uli,” says Jeric. “She plays the title role at ako ang leading man niya.”

At the presscon, it’s but natural for some writers to pressure him to woo Thea even off cam. “Sinabi na niya, wala munang ligawan sa amin at mag-focus na lang kami sa aming career,” he says. “But we’re really close to each other as friends. I’m willing to wait naman kasi she’s only 17. E, ako, 21 na ko noong Aug. 7. She feels she’s too young to have a boyfriend.”

“Pyra” is also their reunion with two of their “Protegee” colleagues, Elle Ramirez and Sandra Summer. Elle plays the contravida, Cindy del Fierro, who’ll try to snatch Jeric away from Thea, while Sandra plays Ena, Thea’s best friend. Also in the cast is Janno Gibbs as Sir Aidan, Thea’s very supportive music teacher. Also in the series are Jim Paredes, Bembol Roco and DJ Durano.