Like most romantic tales, Shake and Ken’s story started off as a simple encounter between two wandering souls. And that encounter blossoms into a beautiful friendship until they both find that they can no longer live without each other.
Shake and Ken are the lead characters in My Extraordinary, a tender story about innocence, friendship, the beauty of awakening desire, acceptance, and how time heals all wounds. It’s a BL (Boys Love) series that follows the colorful story of two college students, Shake and Ken, and how they try to express themselves despite the society’s many expectations.
Shake and Ken are played by young actor Darwin Yu and Enzo Santiago, respectively.
Both barely new in showbiz standards, Darwin and Enzo undeniable passion for their craft can easily be spotted even from afar.
Darwin, 21, was already nominated as best actor in 2017 Madrid International Film Festival and PMPC Star Awards for Best New Movie Actor.
Enzo, 19, on the other hand, has had a number of acting gigs including in Kathryn Bernardo-Daniel Padilla horror-fantasy drama La Luna Sanggre and Boy Abunda Originals: A Trilogy of Love Stories titled Young Love.
That same level of seriousness, among many other similarities, greatly helped the two gentlemen create a connection that fans and spectators will be witnessing through their series, which at this point makes history by being the first Pinoy BL series to air on local television.
“The story was so well-written that I also fell in love not only with Ken, but the other characters, too. Aside from the awesome story, I love projects that have an impact on the flaws of our society,” shares Ken.
Meanwhile, Darwin admits that he almost allowed the project slipped away from him simply because “baka nga maraming mag-bash.”Accepting a queer role wasn’t an easy decision for him.
“Honestly, I have a few friends who don’t support this project. But instead of dwelling on the negative side, I opted to look at the brighter side...I have a lot of friends na part ng LGBTQIA [community] and ginamit ko ‘yun as my inspiration,” says Darwin.
Darwin and Enzo’s eight-episode series is set to premiere on the all-new TV5 and GagaooLala on Sept. 27, 10:00 p.m. and will be uploaded on Asterisk Digital Entertainmentchannel on YouTube at 11:00 p.m. on the same day. After the pilot episode, GagaOOLala will pre-release the new episodes every Tuesday starting Sept. 29 or five days earlier than TV and YouTube release.
My Extraordinary, the pioneering Filipino BL series on national television, is directed by Jolo Atienza, written by Vincent DeJesus and produced by AsterisK Digital Entertainment.
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