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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 14, 2018

Julia Barretto & Joshua Garcia Feel Blessed, Pressured & Motivated As They Star In Their First Teleserye Together, 'Ngayon At Kailanman'

JULIA BARRETTO and Joshua Garcia star in their very first teleserye together, “Ngayon at Kailanman”, which will replace “Bagani” starting this coming Monday. They are supported by a powerhouse cast led by comebacking actress Rosemarie Gil in the role of the matriarch of Joshua’s very wealthy family which is into the jewelry business.

Playing Joshua’s parents are Alice Dixson and Christian Vasquez, with Jameson Blake as his brother. The biological parents of Julia are played by Iza Calzado and TJ Trinidad. Joshua’s family wants to kill Julia so she runs away, adopted by Ina Raymundo and Dominic Ochoa. Also in the cast are Rio Locsin, Ronnie Lazaro and Nanette Inventor, directed by Mae Alviar.

We tell Joshua and Julia that we enjoyed their performances in their last movie, “I Love You, Hater”. How is their acting in “Ngayon at Kailanman” different from that?

“Malaki ang pagkakaiba,” says Joshua. “Dito, binaligtad ang mga sitwasyon namin. Dati, si Julia lagi ang mayaman at ako yung mahirap. Ngayon, ako yung galing mula sa may kayang pamilya as Ino or Inocencio. Very stiff ang character ko rito, very reserved, very obedient din but longing for the love of our mom na mas paborito si Jameson. Lagi rin akong nag-i-English dito. Inaamin ko namang hindi ako sanay sa English so may coach ako rito para siguradong spontaneous ang dating ng English lines ko, fluent at walang buckle. So malaking challenge ito for me talaga.”

“Same with me,” says Julia who’s actually the one that’s very articulate in English. “Malaking challenge din ito for me kasi malayo rin ang role ko rito as Eva sa talagang ako. I’m usually quiet, but my character here is very loud, so malalaki ang movements. But I’m happy with the challenges the role offered to me. Streetsmart siya, babaeng palaban sa buhay. And to make sure makukuha ko ito, nag-immersion ako sa isang depressed idea to see how the people there really live. Naging eye opener yun for me kasi I saw that although they don’t have much in life, lagi silang nakangiti at masaya sila sa buhay nila.”

“Ngayon at Kailanman” is a classic love story but told with a modern flair that will appeal to millennial viewers. It has an element of romantic fantasy in that Joshua as Ino and Julia as Eva first meet when they were still kids. Both had near death experiences and as their souls hover life and death, they meet in a sort of after life, sealing their destiny as soul mates. Do they feel any pressure that after being paired in four hit movies, their love team is now being tested in a teleserye?

“Yes, may pressure but right now, hindi pressure ang naghahari sa amin kundi excitement and also feeling blessed,” says Joshua. “Gusto naming malaman kung ang lahat ng sumuporta noon sa movies namin, papanoorin rin ang aming first teleserye na magkasama kami.”

“And we use the pressure as a motivator for us to do our very best in every episode of ‘Ngayon at Kailanman’,” adds Julia. “Para naman hindi ma-disappoint ang network sa pagtitiwala nila sa amin. Ang more than anything else, what I feel is gratitude kasi ang tagal kong hinintay itong bagong teleserye. God is so amazing.”

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