How to create a character that audiences will love? In drama series, he doesn’t just need to be the main character that appears in every scene. He must also have a convincing flaw and a compelling backstory. The character must be human, someone every normal person can easily relate to.
In GMA’s Truly.Madly.Deadly., director Jorron Lee Monroy explained how they crafted the characters in the fourth installment of I Can See You drama anthology.
“In ordinary drama series, there’s the protagonist and the contravida, but in this story, it’s one of the few projects I did na pwedeng bida lahat, pwedeng contravida din. They have their own dark sides, just like all humans do,” Monroy told Manila Standard Entertainment in a virtual interview.
“It speaks about our life on social media, and how we people express our love. When we love, we love truly and madly and deadly in a way,” he added.
The story begins with Coleen (Jennylyn Mercado), a professional woman who, after being ridiculed online for a scandal with a married man, moves out of the city and works in a remote resort where she meets the mysterious resident IT guy named Drew (Dennis Trillo). Life seems to be going well for the recovering Coleen until her best friend turned enemy Abby (Rhian Ramos) shows up and her past begins to haunt her once again.
“The series wanted to ask what do we do if someone from our painful past comes back to our new and well-adjusted life. Will we just trust that person again for what it’s worth or will we turn to our newfound love to help us escape from a resurfacing traumatic experience?” the director continued.
Dennis, despite feeling unaccustomed to the new taping protocols, shares that working with his girlfriend Jennylyn somehow alleviates his worries, “Nakakapanibago pero mabuti na lang magkasama kaming dalawa ni Jen. Although nakakapanibago rin talaga dahil iba na ‘yung taping procedures, mas iniisip talaga ‘yung safety ng lahat.”
Jennylyn, whose character binds the other two together, hopes for the viewers to experience various emotions as they watch the show, “Gusto namin na sa una matuwa sila, mainis sila habang tumatagal, at matakot din sila. Mixed emotions. Syempre, sana ma-enjoy nila. Makaramdam sila ng iba’t ibang emosyon sa kwento namin.”
Meanwhile, Rhian, who admits to feeling wary of returning to work, believes that adjusting to the new way of doing things is vital, “Ang daming nagbago sa mundo since the last time na nakapag-taping ako, it’s very different. I was even asking Jen for a lot of tips because tapos na siyang mag-shoot for another show. But I think it’s really important na matuto tayong mag-adjust under the new normal.”
In observance of anti-COVID-19 protocols alongside the Network’s precautionary measures, the cast and crew of the show underwent RT-PCR tests, lock-in tapings, and strictly practiced government-mandated safety and health protocols on the set.
Joining the cast are Jhoana Marie Tan with the special participation of Ruby Rodriguez. I Can See You: Truly. Madly. Deadly. premieres tonight after Encantadia.
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