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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.

Jun 26, 2021



ALDEN RICHARDS and his new soap, “The World Between Us”, will be replacing the hit primetime GMA Telebabad show, “First Yaya”, next Monday, July 5, right after “24 Oras”. 

Alden is paired with Jasmine Curtis Smith, with whom he did a well received episode, “Love in the Balcony”, in “I Can See You”. 

Obviously, neither he or GMA are scared that diehard AlDub fans will boycott shows where he’s paired with other actresses. 

“We’re not robots naman na susunod na lang sa bawat idikta ng fans, kasi part ng growth namin is to work with different co-stars,” says Alden. 

“I think the traditional view that you have to be paired only with your ka-love team, nabe-break na yun and you also don’t have to be romantically linked on and off-cam to be effective as actors.”

The trailer of “The World Between Us” is now being shown and reception to the Alden-Jasmine tandem is very warm and favorable. Most people agree that they have good on-screen chemistry. 

“I think the audience has really evolved,” Alden adds. 

“And kami naman ni Jas, we have this conscious effort that we, as actors portraying our roles, will make it very credible na our characters are really so in love with each other. But more than the actors, the audience should get hooked first with the story."

This is so true. As they say, more than anything else, the story is king. 

"And we think we have a very absorbing love story in ‘The World Between Us’ that viewers will surely fall in love with," Alden continues. 

"It’s good that Jas and I have a good teamwork and we are very comfortable with each other. After we first got to work together in the movie ‘Imagine You and Me’, parang ang sarap niyang makasama uli in a big project so, heto na yun ngayon. 

"This is dream come true for me and we’re on the right track kasi I can feel we can really deliver what our characters require in this story.”

Alden plays Louie Asuncion, a technology nerd who falls in love with Jasmine as Lia, who comes from the wealthy Libradilla family. 

Their love affair becomes a forbidden one because the orphaned Alden grew up as an “ampon” or adopted son of Lia’s family so they’re considered like brother and sister.

Their co-star in the show, respected actress Jaclyn Jose, who plays the trusted “mayordoma” in Jasmine’s household, says that their pairing in “The World Between Us” dazzles on screen and this romantic drama would surely click with audiences.

“Ang lakas talaga ng chemistry nila on screen,” says Jaclyn. 

“Pati ako, nadadala kapag kasama ko sila sa eksena. Ang feeling ko, kung wala siguro silang kanya-kanyang karelasyon, ang tingin ko, magiging talagang sila na.”

And Tom Rodriguez adds: “Sa script reading pa lang naman, lahat napapahiyaw na sa tindi ng chemistry nila, e.”

The big powerhouse cast of “The World Between Us” also includes Dina Bonnevie, Sid Lucero, Kelley Day, Yana Asistio, Don Boco and Jericho Arceo. 

This is under the direction of hit teleserye maker, Dominic Zapata, who reveals that the show's basic story is inspired by the classic Emily Bronte novel, “Wuthering Heights”.

This is an epic love drama which has been filmed several times in Hollywood with different actors. 

The story has also been used in two local films before, “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit” , with Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta, and “The Promise” with Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin. 

The first one was made by Reyna Films in 1991 or 30 years ago, as directed by Carlitos Siguió Reyna, while the second one was by GMA Films in 2007, directed by Mike Tuviera.

 And how is “The World Between Us” different from these past two movies?

“Ang kaibhan ng ‘The World Between Us’ is that this is the one for you in 2021,” says Direk Dominic. 

“Siempre, may contemporary flavor at lahat kaming connected with the project are passionate in our commitment to it. 

"We’re all swooning over it and it’s a great collaborative effort. In other words, tama ang buong timpla nito, everything comes out perfectly together. 

"The material is awesome and we are giving our darndest best to make sure viewers will want to watch every single episode of 'The World Between Us'.”