After two decades of headlining the Kapamilya network, Bea Alonzo signed with GMA Network. Her first project in the network is the highly-anticipated Start-Up PH, the Philippine adaptation of the Korean series, Start-Up.
In the star-studded series, Bea plays Dani and stars alongside Kapuso star Alden Richards. The pair met in Bangkok during an endorsement project. Since then, Alden has looked forward to working with Bea on an acting gig, which came true with Start-Up PH.
While Alden finds himself focusing because of the professionalism Bea exudes during shoots, the actress has learned the opposite thing in the presence of her co-star.
“He’s very playful on set na parang siya yung nagse-set ng tone sa set namin, yung happy lang. Kadalasan kasi may pagka-serious type ako pagdating sa trabaho. Natutunan ko sa kaniya na [I] don’t have to take so many things seriously, na minsan pwede ka ding mag-enjoy,” Bea shared during the red carpet screening of Start-Up PH last September 17, Saturday.
She added that Alden also served as her welcoming committee in GMA and how he’s familiar with the staff and other celebrities within the network. Within her few months as a member of the network, Bea learned more from her co-stars and directors.
With Bea’s transfer to GMA, it seemed like her career was starting again. However, Bea doesn’t view it as a hindrance or fear. Instead, she sees it as a challenge, which she welcomes with open arms.
“Siguro ang kaibahan ng nag-uumpisa ako, noon ang dami kong gustong patunayan, and, of course, I was in my teenage years so mas takot pa [ako] sa mga sasabihin ng mga ibang tao,” Bea said.
Now that she’s in her 30s, Bea cares less about what other people think and more about what makes her happy. The actress also shared that she’s always on her toes around her new co-stars because it’s her first time working with them, trying to gauge if she’s a good colleague.
“I try to let them feel na okay ako katrabaho, and I always try to be the best version of myself in front of them,” she said.
Meanwhile, her co-stars, including Yasmien Kurdi, Jeric Gonzales, and Gina Alajar, among other actors, ensured she felt welcome among them.
Start-Up PH became her platform to begin anew in showbiz and has allowed her to apply what she learned in the past. Unlike before, Bea is learning to enjoy every minute of her career instead of feeling pressure and fear.
Besides her co-stars, Bea had the opportunity to work with Director Dominic Zapata for the first time. The actress describes him as a jolly and energetic person to work with because he makes them feel comfortable on set.
On the other hand, Director Jerry Sineneng has worked with Bea several times before for other projects. The actress now considers him as her safety blanket on set.
“Kilalang-kilala na niya ko. Lahat naman tayo merong mga bad days or good days. Alam niya how to handle me kahit ano pang day yan,” she said.
Start-Up PH airs its first episode tonight, September 26, on GMA Telebabad.