Last night, Barbie Forteza and David Licauco gave TV viewers a sneak peek into Maging Sino Ka Man, the TV adaptation of the 1991 romantic comedy action film. In a bold departure from their usual fare, this love team ventured into uncharted territory, bravely taking on distinctive and iconic characters that shattered all preconceptions.
The series follows Monique, a wealthy heiress in peril, and Carding, a caring thief. Fate brings them together, revealing a shared past that could unite or divide them.
During the media conference for the series, Barbie shared her preparations for playing dual roles as Monique, a passionate artist, and as Dino, her boyish disguise.
“I watched one of my favorite actresses, Hilary Swank, to get a reference for the role of Dino. Then I thought of making Monique more sophisticated and liberated to emphasize the difference between the two characters. I always like to challenge myself to make my characters more complex yet relatable and full of depth,” said Barbie.
David highlighted how challenging it is to portray Carding, “I didn’t have a hard time with the action scenes because I always work out, and I’m an athlete. But memorizing the action scenes, it’s not that easy. Also, I’m used to playing roles of wealthy characters, but with Carding, it’s really a 180-degree turnaround. So, that’s what became a challenge for me.”
Meanwhile, Barbie admitted to feeling nervous yet excited about this big project. According to her, “I am honored and grateful to have been entrusted with a remake of such an iconic film. It’s a good kind of pressure because my characters are tweaked to fit me, so I’m looking forward to seeing the outcome of our show.”
David, on the other hand, tries to take it day by day and just does his best all the time. “I feel grateful to GMA for this opportunity. This all happened because of Maria Clara At Ibarra, so I just want to thank Direk Zig Dulay and everyone who believed in me. And now it’s Maging Sino Ka Man with Barbie. It’s always such a treat to work with her. Gusto ko ring pasalamatan ‘yung fans. Because of them, nakuha ko ang role na ito.”
Joining Barbie and David are Juancho Triviño, Faith Da Silva, Mikoy Morales, Rain Matienzo, E.R. Ejercito, Jeric Raval, Jean Saburit, Juan Rodrigo, Antonio Aquitania, Jean Garcia, Al Tantay, and Tonton Gutierrez.
Maging Sino Ka Man airs Monday to Friday at 8:00 p.m. on GMA Telebabad and at 9:40 p.m. on GTV.