Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo at 24/7 In Love
Can a gay man fall for his girl best friend?
Although real life lovers Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo swore they won't work with each other in a proect, bot couldn't say no to the roles of Belle and Butxh, respectively, in Star Cinema's offering in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Star Magic, "24/7 In Love".
"Siyempre umoo ako kaagad agad kasi star magic yun eh. Siyempre wala ka naman ibang gagawin kundi mag suport sa pamilya mo di ba? So walang pagdadalawang isip akong umoo." Bea shared regarding her role in the talent management's first venture into producing a full-lenght film. "Na-excite ako na magiging part ako ng selebrasyon ng Star Magic. Nung pinresent na sa akin istorya, iba iba ang naramdaman ko eh. Tapos natawa ako," Zanjoe added.
What made the project very interesting yet funny for Bea and Zanjoe is that they will be playing odd couple, Belle and Butch. Bell falls for ther best friend Butch, but the problem is Butch is in love with.....another man. "Ngayon lang ako nagportray ng role na ganito ka persistent, ganito ka obsessed sa isang character din, at saka first time ko magkaroon ng character na naiinlove sa isang becky!" Bea said as she laughingly described what becoming Belle was like.
Zanjoe on the other hand, had doubts in playing the fashion savvy Butch, "MAs magaling siguro kung gumawa ng role eh totoong gay di ba? Haha! pero siyempre nakaka-proud din na yung mga tao may tiwala sayo. Unang una, ako kaya din lumakas loob ko para gawin yun dahil may mga tao na nainiwala sa kakayahan ko."
Though Bea felt weird at first working with Zanjoe for the first time since they became an item. his gay character made her more at ease that having him play a more serious role. "It was wierd acting with him, buti na lang malaking difference yung character niya sa totoong buhay, kasi kung hindi siguro I'd be feeling more awkward than how I'm feeling now." And Zanjoe agreed that it was indeed a challenge but fun working with his girlfriend. "Nakatulong kasi yung role ko medyo iba at least mas magiging komportable ako na gawin yung sa harapan niya dahil alam ko naman na hindi niya ako ija-judge at tututlungan niya pa ko, pwede ako humingi ng mga tips. Ayun ang sya nung shooting namin kasi si Bea yung katrabaho ko, mas komportable ako, na inaakala ko dati na mahirap umarte sa harapan niya".
Bea and Zanjoe's episode is directed by Mae Cruz and will be shown on November 21 in theaters nationwide.