Moving from GMA Network to ABS-CBN was not an easy decision for Lovi Poe. After all, she was a Kapuso for 15 years.
The singer and award-winning actress was welcomed by the press in a virtual junket following her contract signing ceremony with ABS-CBN executives yesterday, Sept.16.
Speaking to Manila Standard Entertainment, Lovi admitted that she had to consider a few things before saying yes to Kapamilya. She's glad that ABS-CBN has welcomed her with open arms but she’s also grateful to her former mother network for nurturing her career.
“I’m going to miss everything…my routine, the people I had worked with, my friends. Everyone from my bosses to the staff and crew became my friends and I will always be grateful to them because I wouldn’t be here without them,” she started.
“These people have been good to me that I believe that they are also happy for me. Now I’m just looking forward to exciting things and making new friends like I always say,” she carried on adding that Liza Soberano, Anne Curtis, Kim Chiu, Coco Martin, and Paulo Avelino are among the ABS-CBN stars whom she would love to work with.
The actress marked her first day as a Kapamilya by setting foot in the ABS-CBN compound, where she had a red carpet welcome led by ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, COO of broadcast Cory Vidanes, group CFO Rick Tan, and Dreamscape Entertainment head Deo Endrinal. Lovi’s talent manager Leo Dominguez also joined the contract signing ceremony.
Soon, Lovi is set to do her first Kapamilya drama series with ultimate heartthrob Piolo Pascual. It is Lovi’s second ABS-CBN project overall, after she starred in the 2020 iWantTFC original movie Malaya, for which she clinched a Gawad Urian Best Actress nomination.
A rare and precious gem in showbiz, Lovi’s timeless charm and versatility as an artist have enabled her to take on diverse projects, from acting in film and TV to being a successful recording artist and style icon. ABS-CBN provides a perfect fit for Lovi’s talents, with many opportunities for her to shine on its multiple media platforms and ecosystems.
As she enters the next phase of her career as a Kapamilya, Lovi is tackling more international projects and pursuing her passions in Hollywood.
This year, Lovi launched her recording career in the US by releasing original songs such as “Candy,” “Lost,” and “Under” under the Los Angeles-based VIM Entertainment. She is also working on an EP with American producers Bob Robinson, KrisKeyz, and Grammy winner Omen that will be released soon.
Lovi is also set to star in her first Hollywood movie alongside British stars Alex Pettyfer and Poppy Delevingne, the biopic The Chelsea Cowboy, where she is playing English singer and icon Dana Gillespie.
Meanwhile, prior to signing with ABS-CBN, Lovi thanked her former network via a heartwarming post on Instagram.
“Hindi po biro ang 15 years. I would like to thank GMA for taking a chance on this unknown dreamer; for believing in me and supporting me all these years. I have utmost respect and gratitude to the network that has given me my roots and a heart full of memories,” she said in her caption.
“Thank you for planting my dreams. Thank you for giving it time, love and effort to water it,” and concluded her post with a heart emoji.
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