The humble king and the giddy princess

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Kim Chiu and Coco Martin

Kim Chiu and Coco Martin

ABS-CBN pulls a surprise team-up for primetime

“Asungot lang ako sa Tayong Dalawa nung una kaming magkasama sa trabaho,” were the ever humble words of local primetime’s reigning “Teleserye King” Coco Martin, when ABS-CBN announced his team-up with the network’s recognized “Teleserye Princess” Kim Chiu this week.

While Kim was one of the leads of the 2009 primetime soap, caught in a young love triangle with Jake Cuenca and Gerald Anderson, Coco had a much smaller role as her brother, but was nonetheless praised by audiences and critics alike for his powerful talent for drama.

Not long after, Coco was cast as a lead in his ensuing projects for ABS-CBN and, in plain and simple words, was a magnet for viewers every single time. From Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo (2010) to Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin (2011), to the record-breaking Walang Hanggan (2012) and his solo-starrer Juan dela Cruz (2013), no one could contest that Coco Martin lorded the ratings for weeknight soaps.


The reason behind his success, as The Manila Times confirmed during this intimate interview with selected members of the Entertainment press, is because he is not a mere matinee idol, but a true actor who studies his role and fully prepares for it. Proof was when he ably discussed the setting and the circumstances of the 1960s where Ikaw Lamang is set, and the tension that went on between hacienderos and field workers at the time.

Known to completely immerse himself in his work, so much so that he is compelled to give fellow actors suggestions in tackling a scene, including Superstar Nora Aunor, Kim could only giggle when asked if Coco had already done the same with her.

“Marami po talagang inputs si Coco,” she good-naturedly laughed, quickly adding that she appreciates his suggestions because his only intention is for the overall quality of the series.

“Alam ko na marami akong matututunan bilang artista kay Coco, lalo na sa larangan ng drama, kaya nagpapasalamat ako na nabigyan ako ng proyekto na kasama siya,” acknowledged the actress who can also hold her own in the powerful genre. Her equally impressive body of work for TV includes top-rating soaps Ina, Kapatid, Anak (2013), and My Bindondo Girl (2012), which earned her the “Teleserye Princess” title.

Dubbed by ABS-CBN and the creative team of Dreamscape Entertainment Television as “a once in a lifetime” team up, the pressure is on for both Coco and Kim to deliver topnotch performances in Ikaw Lamang, and of course live up to their respective titles.

“Nakakataba ng puso na matawag na ‘Teleserye King,’ pero tulad ng lagi kong sinasabi, malaking hirap din ang pinag-dadaaan namin sa harap ng camera,” revealed Coco. “Pero excited ako para sa proyektong ito dahil pagkatapos ng Juan dela Cruz na may pagka-action, na-miss ko talaga gumawa ng isang heavy drama.”

As for Kim, while she admits to feeling the pressure over her primetime title, it also serves as a strong motivation for her to do her best in every role she is given.

“Napagandang inspirasyon na mabig–yan ng ganoong title,” she enthused. “Kaya pangako ko na papangalagaan ko yon dito sa Ikaw Lamang at sa iba pang proyektong gagawin ko.”

Joining Coco and Kim in their newest TV drama are fellow primetime stars Jake Cuenca and Julia Montes; with an award-winning support cast comprised of Ronaldo Valdez, Tirso Cruz 3rd, Cherry Pie Picache, Cherie Gil, John Estrada, Daria Ramirez, Meryl Soriano, Spanky Manikan, and Lester Llansang; with the special participation of child actors Zaijian Jaranilla, Louise Abuel, Alyanna Angeles, and Xyriel Manabat. Direction is under the tandem of Malu Sevilla and Avel Sunpongco.

Ikaw Lamang premieres on March 10 on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. Follow the show’s official social media accounts via Facebook.com/IkawLamang.Online, Twitter.com/IkawLamang_TV and Instagram.com/IkawLamang_TV.

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