Carmina Villarroel is now working on her comeback ABS-CBN teleserye, Lorenzo’s Time, and her leading man is none other than Zaijian Jaranilla. The actress was very excited about the project because its story is unique. “Ang role ko dito kababata ko si Zaijian tapos meron kaming sumpaan sa isa’t isa, parang childhood sweethearts na sa pagtanda kami pa rin, mag-aasawa ganyan. And then something happened to him, nagkaroon siya ng sakit. Ipa-fastforward namin, lumaki na ako naiwan siya sa ganon (pagkabata). Ako maraming nangyari sa akin, nagkaroon ng anak, hiwalay sa partner (played by Diether Ocampo),” the actress related.
When Zaijian’s character wakes up, he finds out that 30 years has lapsed and he remained a child while his childhood sweetheart has grown up. “Tapos hanggang sa pagbalik ni Zaijian ipu-pursue pa rin niya ako,” Carmina said. “It’s all about love, it’s about time. Konti lang kaming cast dito pero lahat talaga importante, marami kang lessons na matututunan dito, heartwarming. Basta ang galing ng bata, ang galing ni Zaijian, natutuwa ako.”
Carmina shared that they already started taping and she only has good words for Zaijian’s acting skill. “Ang galing talaga niya kasi nag-taping na kami ganyan so talagang ‘pag umaarte siya na parang binata, natutulala ako sa kanya, nakakalimutan kong uma-acting ako kasi sobrang galing ng bata talaga. Ang cute niya.” She admitted that she always wanted to work with the child star so this project is a dream come true for her. The other actors that Carmina also wants to work with are John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual.
Push.com.ph then asked the actress-host if she does not mind playing leading lady to actors younger than she is. “Not at all, the younger the better,” she said good-naturedly. “Ako naman I trust the management.”
As a matter of fact, when she was offered the role in the teleserye and was told that Zaijian was going to be her leading man, she got excited about the whole idea. “Parang it’s not the usual makikita mo ako atsaka si ganyan ito talaga bagets na bata, so na-excite ako. Nung kinuwento sa akin, hindi ako nagdalawang-isip, na-excite na ako at parang, ‘Halika ka, na gawin na natin.’ Parang it’s happening now, ang saya lang.”
A mother to twins, Carmina related that her kids were surprised when she revealed that her new leading man is almost as old as they are. “Natuwa naman sila kasi na-excite din sila, ang mga anak ko very supportive.”
Other members of the cast include Amy Austria, Gina Pareño, and Alfred Vargas.