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How the 'Flower of Evil' cast turned the pressure of starring in a remake into something good

Lovi: "The fact na nasa puso namin na gawan ng sariling version ['yung K-Drama], hindi na namin masyado naiisip 'yun [pressure]."

Patricia Matalog
Patricia Matalog

6/21/2022 in News
How the 'Flower of Evil' cast turned the pressure of starring in a remake into something good

Being part of a project as huge as the "Flower of Evil" Philippine adaptation comes with a great pressure, according to the cast of the crime-drama remake.

During the series' grand media conference held yesterday, the stars shared how they turned this "added pressure" into something good, knowing how the original series was well-loved not only by K-Drama fans, but all over the world.

"Hindi naman po talaga maiiwasan na makaramdam ng pressure especially talagang minahal ng maraming K-Drama fans ang 'Flower of Evil.' Pero at the same time, 'yung pressure naman na 'yun we can always turn it into something good," Lovi Poe said, one of the lead stars of the series.

What makes the actress confident about the remake is how they were so focused on bringing a Filipino touch to the series, instead of entirely adapting it.

"With that kind of pressure, we can make sure na pagbubutihin pa namin lalo. And also, we also know that we're gonna have our own take on it. So the fact na nasa puso namin na gawan ng sariling version, hindi na namin masyado naiisip 'yun [pressure] especially we're on set. And we know we're very sincere sa ginagawa namin, hindi na namin masyado napapansin 'yun at the end of the day," she added.

Piolo Pascual, the lead star opposite Lovi, also admitted there was pressure on his part, and how he used it to his advantage.

"Of course, the pressure was there, especially [since] there are a lot of K-Drama fans. But after dealing with that, we had to do our work. More than the pressure, it's an advantage," he said.

The Ultimate Leading Man then echoed the sentiments of the actress on "modifying" the series to make it more Filipino, hence making it easier to adapt for them.

"We could use the Korean version as a reference for us to make it different and modify it, so it was better for us because we already knew what was gonna happen, and so we were able to give it a different flavor and Filipinize it. And to be shown in 16 different territories, more than the pressure, it's a privilege to show Filipino content," he stated.

Agot Isidro also believes every single one of them felt the pressure, but the support everyone gave to each other overshadowed that feeling.

"I guess all of us felt the pressure. But more than that, we were doing a good show and we were just supportive of each other. So nakakawala ng pressure 'yun. Everyone brought their A-game to do their best," she shared.

Being a K-Drama fan herself, cast member Denise Laurel shared a different point of view of the pressure she felt on being part of the show.

"From a K-fan point of view, I just felt excited because finally we get this chance to showcase how great Filipinos are at everything, how multitalented we are in 16 different areas of the world. And we had an amazing team to help us show that — from lighting, to music, to directing, to acting — you'll see everything when you watch the show. So more than the pressure, it's more of excitement for me as a viewer," she asserted.

Directed by Richard Arellano and Darnel Villaflor, "Flower of Evil" also stars Edu Manzano, Joross Gamboa, Joem Bascon, Pinky Amador, JC de Vera, and more.

It will premiere this June 23 across 16 countries via Viu, and on June 25 on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z.

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