When two of this generation’s most bankable stars team up for the first time in a thrilling teleserye, you can bet that we’d be watching on the edge of our seats!
During "Viral Scandal's" global media conference held on Tuesday, October 19, Charlie Dizon and Joshua Garcia described the challenges of their roles and their own work relationship.
From bagging MMFF 2020’s Best Actress award for her performance in “Fan Girl” to starring as the iconic Teddie in “Four Sisters Before the Wedding,” Charlie has clearly carved out her success in film. Now that she’s taking on a major television role, she says that instead of feeling pressure from her past performances, she just wants to focus on this project and give it all she’s got.
“Hindi ko na lang din po iniisip ‘yun kasi kada project ko naman po, talagang pinaghahandaan ko, ‘yung talagang iniisip ko na kailangan kong galingan kasi hindi ko alam kung kailan pa dadating ulit ‘yung ganung opportunity. Lalo na sa panahon ngayon na may pandemya at ang hirap magkatrabaho,” shared Charlie.
“Yun po siguro ‘yung pressure na naiisip ko na kailangan maibigay nang tama. Kasi ayoko po talagang may pagsisisihan ako kapag hindi ko naibigay lahat,” she added.
Describing her “Viral Scandal” character Rica as “more complex” than her character in “Fan Girl,” Charlie admitted that her biggest challenge for this role is that she has never gone through what Rica has in the series.
“Siguro ‘yung biggest challenge ko po is ‘yung mga pinagdadaanan ni Rica hindi ko po ‘yun napagdaanan sa totoong buhay,” said Charlie. “And ‘yung mga issues na ni-tackle dito sa show, ‘yun po ‘yung totoong nangyayari sa buhay pero sa character ko po kasi and kay Charlie, magkaiba po talaga.”
Nonetheless, Charlie made sure that she really studied Rica’s complexity in order to portray her well: “Bago naman po mag-start etong show talagang hinimay ko po talaga ‘yung character ko, kung paano ko mare-relate sa akin. At least man lang close ‘yung emotion na maipapakita ko para ma-i-portray ko po si Rica.”
Charlie’s leading man Joshua also made the necessary preparations for his role.
“Binasa ko nang maigi ‘yung script, hinimay ko nang maayos. Dami kong pinanood na about architecture para magkaroon ako ng background sa pagiging architect,” detailed Joshua who plays an architect in the show.
“Nahirapan ako kay Charlie. Napakagaling eh,” he quipped about acting next to his co-star.
Aside from preparing individually for their roles, Joshua believes that supporting each other is of great importance when producing a show.
“I think ang sikreto rin para maging successful ‘yung isang show is support each other eh,” Joshua said while Charlie immediately nodded next to him.
“Sinusuportahan ko lang si Charlie ‘pag may eksena siya. Ganun lang. And so far po nagwo-work naman po,” the actor revealed.
True to Joshua’s guiding principle in acting, Charlie described her co-star as “very gentleman” and supportive on set.
“Masasabi ko kay Joshua, very gentleman and talagang tinutulungan ako sa mga eksena,” Charlie candidly described Joshua.
She also mentioned their castmate Jameson Blake: “Actually, pareho po sila ni Jameson na very sweet sa ‘kin and gentleman kaya masasabi kong swinerte po ako sa mga ka-partner ko ngayon.”
Admittedly, Joshua views Charlie in a similarly positive light, saying, "Wala akong masabi kay Charlie. Napakagaling. Napakaganda.”
He continued, “Okay siya behind the camera. May kaibigan ako, may kapamilya, ganyan.”
Directed by Dado Lumibao and Froy Allan Leonardo, "Viral Scandal" follows the story of a young woman named Rica Sicat (Charlie) who gets entangled in a sex scandal.
Also joining the series are Dimples Romana, Jake Cuenca, Miko Raval, Rommel Padilla, Maxene Magalona, Ria Atayde, Kaila Estrada, Markus Paterson, Vance Larena, Gian Magdangal, Louise Abuel, Aya Fernandez, Karina Bautista, and Aljon Mendoza.
The series will premiere on November 15 on the Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, and A2Z Channel 11.
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