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Gina Alajar lauds professionalism of ‘Prima Donnas’ cast

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A television director has the daunting task of channeling the creative energies of dozens of individuals on the set. The person at the helm can only maximize the potential of the actors if they themselves are willing to cooperate and allow the director the properly guide them in the direction their characters are supposed to traverse.

For Prima Donnas director Gina Alajar, the cast members of the drama series are instrumental to their success, and she wishes that it would continue as they resume their journey on television this week.

ENSEMBLE CAST. Following its half-year hiatus, well-loved and top-rating drama ‘Prima Donnas’ finally airs its much-awaited fresh episodes beginning today.
ENSEMBLE CAST. Following its half-year hiatus, well-loved and top-rating drama ‘Prima Donnas’ finally airs its much-awaited fresh episodes beginning today.

“I would have to commend the entire cast. Walang prima donna, everybody is professional, from the young members to the senior cast. They make my work completely manageable considering the new set up that we follow because of the strict protocols,” Alajar told Manila Standard Entertainment in a virtual interview on Friday.

Following its half-year hiatus, GMA Network’s well-loved and top-rating drama series is finally airing its much-awaited fresh episodes beginning today on the Afternoon Prime block.

“We had a series of meetings to discuss the measures that we should follow to take care of ourselves. We also talked with the actors and everyone concerned in the show of what’s going to happen kaya when the protocols and guidelines came out, we were kind of ready na,” the director noted.

Prior to the suspension of tapings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, viewers were on the edge of their seats with the riveting and shocking plot twists in the family drama.

Kendra’s (Aiko Melendez) dirty antics to earn Jaime (Wendell Ramos) and Lady Prima’s (Chanda Romero) trust continue to put the life of Lilian (Katrina Halili) in great danger. Out of desperation and without Jaime’s permission, Donna Marie (Jillian Ward), Donna Belle (Althea Ablan), and Donna Lyn (Sofia Pablo) sneak out to visit Lilian who has an important revelation to the three Donnas.

A scene from the series featuring (from left) Will Ashley, Jillian Ward, Althea Ablan, and Vince Crisostomo. 
A scene from the series featuring (from left) Will Ashley, Jillian Ward, Althea Ablan, and Vince Crisostomo.

With the continuation of the original series, the cast members including Benjie Paras, James Blanco, Elijah Alejo, Vince Crisostomo, and Will Ashley, all expressed what they feel about their highly-anticipated brand-new episodes, experiences during their 21-day lock-in taping, and what’s in store for the Kapuso viewers as the story continues.

Katrina is elated for viewers to witness the continuation of the story and the fruits of their hard work, while Elijah teases viewers on Kendra and Brianna’s wicked schemes against the Claverias.

“ They should watch out for Brianna 2.0 dahil sigurado po akong kaiinisan po nila ulit ako,” Elijah said in jest.

“Masaya na may nerbyos at kaba but we are confident that the viewers will love our new episodes. Everybody worked hard just to give them a great story…mula sa crew, staff, artists at directors,” Aiko assured.

Prima Donnas airs weekdays at 3:25 p.m. on GMA Network.

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