Bianca Umali and Camille Prats are happy and proud at the same time to top-bill GMA’s latest afternoon drama titled Wish I May. They play mother and daughter in the story.
“Yes, this show is special to me,” says Bianca. “If you remember last year, GMA officially aired my launching vehicle, Once Upon a Kiss opposite Miguel (Tanfelix) in the same period. We were one of the opening shows then and it’s the same this 2016. I’m grateful for our mother network’s faith and confidence in our love team.”
Many ask what fans can expect from their new offering.
“Well, compared to Once Upon a Kiss, this material is more serious. It’s more demanding, acting-wise. It’s a notch higher from our maiden soap, so to speak. But definitely, all the ‘kilig’ moments are still there so the fans need not worry. I hope they will give the same level of support to our latest project!”
They will occupy the timeslot to be vacated by The Half Sisters top-billed by Barbie Forteza, Andre Paras and Thea Tolentino. As everyone knows, said show was a consistent top-rater and lasted on air for a year and a half. Some quarters ask if they are under pressure to be at par with their predecessor’s ratings success.
“Just like what we felt when Once Upon a Kiss was just starting, Miguel and I just exert our best efforts, enjoy every scene that we do so it appears realistic before the tele-viewers. Our main objective is to give them a worthy follow-up program and I think Wish I May has the ingredients.
“For one, the plot is interesting and the characters are relatable. It can be anyone’s story. We are also supported by a talented and powerhouse cast led by Mark Anthony Fernandez, Camille Prats, Mark Herras, Glydel Mercado, Rochelle Pangilinan and Alessandra de Rossi. I’m confident that what we offer is a quality production so I’m hoping for the best when it comes to audience reception,” avers Bianca.
Meanwhile, Camille is thankful to be given another acting assignment via Wish I May.
“That’s what I like with GMA because they tap all my artistic gifts, from hosting, dancing and acting. They make sure you become versatile. As I always say, my showbiz career evolved as a Kapuso and I’m happy about that.
“Here in Wish I May, it’s the first time that I’ll be playing a mother role in which my daughter is already a grown-up. Admittedly, I felt awkward when Bianca and I hugged on screen for the first time. It felt strange! She’s big. Ha-ha-ha! But I’m certain it’s just a matter of getting used to it eventually.”
How does she find Bianca, who is touted as the next Kapuso Princess?
“Oh, she’s a nice girl! We talk a lot on the set. I see the passion in her and I know she has a long way to go in the ‘biz,” ends Camille.
Pops Fernandez reveals she doesn’t have a love life at present.
“That’s true! I don’t have one now, whether you believe it or not. I’m very much single again,” she states.
Interestingly, when was the last time that she had a boyfriend?
“Just recent, but it’s over so I don’t want to elaborate on it. He’s not from showbiz. Actually, I think it’s better if I don’t share my love life to the public at this point to avoid getting under pressure. Anyways, I’ve already past that stage, right? I don’t even go out on socials these days.”
Wanting her love life to be on low key, does this mean she prefers non-showbiz guys now?
“As I’ve said, I’m not that very visible on showbiz anymore not unless I have a project so I guess it’s just apt, right? My life as a public property is already complicated. I don’t want to add more pressure on that.”
The Concert Queen is part of TV 5’s latest offering titled Born to be a Star.
“It’s a reality show hosted by Ogie Alcasid. I’ll serve as one of the resident judges so watch out for it folks!” says Pops.
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