LUV IS: Caught In His Arms, GMA-7’s primetime opening salvo, has begun filling televiewers’ nights with love and inspiration.
The series is topbilled by new-gen leading lady Sofia Pablo as Florence and the new-gen leading man Allen Ansay as Nero, together with the Sparkada boys Michael Sager as Owen, Vince Maristela as Tristan, Raheel Bhyria as Aldus, Sean Lucas as Troy.
Sofia and Allen, otherwise known as Team Jolly, equally shared how grateful they are to headline their first-ever primetime series.
According to Sofia, “I’m really thankful na pinagkatiwalaan kami ni Allen for this project. Ang saya-saya namin and I hope makapagpakilig kami. Bilang paghahanda naman personally, nag-aral akong magluto online kasi si Florence magaling magluto. Gusto kong ibigay ang best ko kaya ‘yung cooking scenes dito, ako talaga ‘yun.”
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa GMA Network and Sparkle sa ibinigay nilang tiwala. Talagang binigay ko ang 100 percent ko rito kasi si Nero napakalayo sa totoong Allen, the way na magsalita at gumalaw. Sobrang nagulat ako na gaganap akong mayaman pero nagiging madali ‘yung trabaho kapag nandiyan si Sofia, teamwork talaga kami,” Allen added.
The Sparkada boys also admitted that they felt the pressure of doing this show, but it made them more motivated to improve their acting skills.
“We want to prove our spot in this industry and this is a big break for us. I prepared by really creating a good relationship with Sofia and Allen kasi it’s my first time to work with them,” Michael shared.
“Naniniwala ako na every project is an opportunity to grow. I’m sure sa mga susunod na projects, mas mahahasa na kami dahil sa experiences namin,” Vince said.
“I can’t deny na na-pressure ako pero ‘yun ang way para mag-grow ako. During our locked-in taping, marami kaming natutunan na puwede naming dalhin sa next shows,” Raheel reiterated.
“We didn’t expect to be given such an opportunity at such an early stage of our career. There are moments that we wanted to crumble under the pressure, but since we are all together, they helped us to not give up,” Sean mentioned.
Playing equally important roles in the series are Sparkada girls, Caitlyn Stave, Tanya Ramos, Cheska Fausto, and Kirsten Gonzales.
Completing the cast are Ariel Ureta, Audie Gemora, Debraliz Valasote, Bobby Andrews, Gio Alvarez, Denise Joaquin, Rain Matienzo, and Boom Labrusca.
This drama is a production of GMA Network in collaboration with Wattpad WEBTOON Studios. Based on the breakthrough web novel of Ventre Canard, it follows the story of Florence, a beautiful and bubbly teenager who loves to cook.
She was awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Gyronella University. However, she had to set her dreams aside after her father was diagnosed with a heart ailment. Florence looks for a job to make ends meet and fortunately, she gets an opportunity to cook for the Ferells, one of the richest clans in town.
In the Ferell mansion, Florence meets the amiable Lolo Garpidio and his five grandsons, Owen, Tristan, Aldus, Troy, and Nero—the most mysterious of them all. Every day seems like a struggle for Florence as the five guys pester and annoy her. But in return, Florence uses her culinary skills to slowly win their hearts, especially Nero who will soon develop feelings for her.
As a reward for her great performance, Lolo Garp permits Florence to study at Gyronella University with the Ferell boys. While navigating college life, she gains a friend in Lina, but she also has to endure the bullying of mean girls, Antonia, Aira, and Camilla.
Little does Florence know that as she juggles romantic, academic, work, and family issues, she is bound to discover the truth about her identity. How will it affect her blossoming relationship with the Ferells? Is there really a chance of love between Florence and Nero?
LUV IS: Caught In His Arms premiere on January 16 and airs weeknights at 8:50 p.m. on GMA and at 11:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and at 11:00 p.m. every Friday on GTV.