Beautiful as they both are, the timeless on-screen team up of actors Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta can be very intimidating on the set for younger celebrities.
This is not to say, however, that the pair making up Philippine show business’ “Eternal Love Team” comes to work with an air of superiority. In fact, cast members of their upcoming return to prime time television via family drama You’re My Home on ABS-CBN validate Richard and Dawn’s description of themselves as a “playful twosome,” who enjoy bantering with co-actors and crew members, just as they have always done since first working together in 1991’s Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit (Reyna Films).
According to Jessy Mendiola who plays the couple’s daughter in You’re My Home, it is the caliber of acting that Richard and Dawn bring to the project that demands respect, and more importantly, professionalism from the entire production.
“Marami akong eksena kasama ang parents ko—yung CharDawn (Richard-Dawn) so nakakakaba. Kapag nakikita mo silang magka-eksena, doon ka talaga magugulat so ikaw, kailangan talaga na hindi ka lulutang-lutang sa set; kailangan makipagsabayan ka rin sa kanila,” explained the young actress who had already top-billed her own teleserye, Maria Mercedes (ABS-CBN, 2013). “Sobrang thankful talaga akong maging anak ng CharDawn kahit sa TV lang.”
Similarly, JC Buendia, who is one of the main antagonists in the series, said, “Ako ginawa ko lang talaga kung ano ang dapat kong gawin. I know that we’re all guided by our director and the creative staff,” he related during the series’ press conference held on October 21.
He added, “Ang mag-step up [for the show]ay kasama talaga sa challenge. Kailangan mo talagang ibigay ang best mo para dun sa character, and throughout the show ‘yun lang din ang ginagawa ko.”
You’re My Home tells the heartfelt story of a daughter who would do whatever it takes to bring back her family together amid incredible adversity and difficult test.
Premiering November 9, get to know the Fontanilla family through the eyes of eldest daughter Grace (Jessy Mendiola). After many years of living in simplicity, the lives of the Fontanillas suddenly change when Gabriel (Richard) handles the frustrated homicide case against Christian Vergara (JC), son of a powerful senator (Tonton Gutierrez). With their new and luxurious lifestyle, Grace rebels against her dad and mom Marian (Dawn) who no longer has time for their brood.
One night, Grace leaves home to be with her friends, forcing her brother Rahm and the house help to run after her, leaving behind youngest sibling Vince (Paul Salas) on his own. When they all return, they find Vince missing, and their lives are changed forever.
Twelve years later, the Fontanillas continue to face the consequences of Vince’s disappearance. Marian and Gabriel are no longer together. Marian keeps herself busy with a business, while Gabriel finds comfort in the arms of Roni (Lara Quigaman), the police officer in charge of the unresolved kidnapping case. Rahm already has a son and a wife, while Grace still blames herself for what happened.
One day, Grace crosses paths with her long lost brother Vince, and her chance to right a wrong finally begins.
Also included in the cast of You’re My Home are Assunta De Rossi, Jobelle Salvador, Mika Dela Cruz, Minnie Aguilar, Peewee O’Hara, Belle Mariano, Bugoy Carino, and Raikko Mateo.
The family drama is directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and is produced by Star Creatives, led by business unit head Malou Santos.