The week that was saw two big announcements from ABS-CBN’s prolific production unit, Dreamscape Entertainment, with some of the network’s brightest stars gathered in an exciting pair of projects.
First up is a Piolo Pascual-Toni Gonzaga headliner on primetime, which begins taping later this July. Titled Written in Our Stars, the project also casts Sam Milby and Jolina Magdangal in a story of destiny among four intertwined characters who are all motivated by their quest for love.
The series will further test the box-office draw of Piolo and Toni from their 2014 big screen hit, Starting Over Again.
“I feel blessed to be in a project with Piolo again,” said the newly married actress. “Sam was my original love teammate, while Jolina is someone I’ve always admired, especially when I was starting out as a comedienne.”
Asked by The Manila Times what her immediate plans are in the family way—considering that two top prime time actress have had to give up and put on hold their teleseryes because of surprise pregnancies (Marian Rivera withdrew from GMA Network’s The Rich Man’s Daughter; while Judy Ann Santos’ Someone to Watch Over Me also on ABS-CBN has been postponed, respectively)—Toni expressed that she will fulfill her commitment to the show.
“Marriage taught me so much about commitment. And when you’re committed to someone, you will do everything para ma-fulfill ‘yung commitment mo. Pero hindi naman dahil kinasal na ako, I will set aside yung commitment ko sa trabaho,” ABS-CBN’s Multi-Media Star explained. “I gave my word to the show and my commitment to the show kaya by God’s grace tatapusin namin yon.”
Toni married director Paul Soriano in a secret wedding in Taytay, Rizal on June 12.
Meanwhile, Toni’s sister Alex Gonzaga is also taking the lead in another Dreamscape production, this time across Ejay Falcon in the next featured mini-series of Wansapanataym. Titled “I Heart Kuryete Kid,” Alex will be the leading lady to Ejay’s superhero role.
Having just wrapped up her Inday Bote prime time series in the end of May, Alex told The Manila Times she feels happy to be cast in another fantasy project for ABS-CBN.
“Gusto ko po talaga ang fantasy [programs]kasi mga bata ang audience mo,” Alex began. “At iba pag ang nanonood sa iyo mga bata. Masarap yung feeling at alam ko din na dahil sa kanila, pinapanood na rin ng mga magulang nila kung ano yung ginagawa mo.”
The younger Gonzaga further expressed her trust in ABS-CBN in terms of the kinds of projects they line-up for her.
“Naniniwala po ako sa kanila [management]na kung ano yung ibigay nila sa akin, pinag-isipan at pinag-planuhan nila yon,” she added.
The common denominator of these two new productions, apart from being Dreamscape Entertainment projects, is that they will both be helmed by director Andoy Ranay, who rejoins ABS-CBN after seven years.
In their separate press conferences, the Gonzaga sisters, who are undoubtedly stars of their generations shared the same kind of excitement in working with Ranay, whose most recent successes have been on the big screen with 2014’s Diary ng Panget and Talk Back and You’re Dead for Viva Films.