In another much-anticipated reunion project with her perennial leading man and former boyfriend Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta shared the secret behind the magic of the CharDawn love team that seems to have not waned through the years. They play husband and wife Gabriel and Marian Fontanilla in the new family drama You’re My Home on ABS-CBN. "I think it really has to do with us being good friends. I know it might be hard also to understand for some people because they cannot imagine actually being friends with an ex. But I happen to have many friends na ex ko talaga. He’s not the only one. Monsour (del Rosario) is another one. I guess masuwerte ako kasi kahit natatapos ang isang relasyon na mapait eh pagka-naka-get over ka naman puwede na kayong maging magkaibigan. Life moves on,” she admitted during the You’re My Home grand presscon held last October 21 at the Dolphy theater inside the ABS-CBN compound.
Working closely together with an ex-boyfriend has never been a problem with Dawn and her politician husband Anton Lagdameo. "Well I think normal din naman talaga sa isang lalake na kahit papaano baka ma-affect din siya ng konti. Pero mature naman kasi my husband and nakikita naman niya na na-a-appreciate ng mga tao yung tambalan namin onscreen ni Richard. So for my husband na-appreciate din niya na ang ganda nga naman at ganun talaga yung trabaho namin so nahihiwalay niya na yan ang persona ko pag kasama ko si Richard,” she explained.
In the series, Dawn plays the mother of three children played by Jessy Mendiola, Sam Concepcion, and Paul Salas. But early on in the story her youngest son is kidnapped when her eldest daughter runs away from home. Working with the controversial Kapamilya actress, Dawn did not deny that she has noticed that Jessy seems problematic. "Well, oo nakakaramdam din naman kami pero hindi naman si Jessy makuwento eh. Pinakikiramdaman ko lang. If she wants to talk to someone or if she wants to ask me anything, then she’s always welcome to do that,” she shared.
The 46-year-old Kapamilya actress said she is also willing to give Jessy any advice if she needs it. "I make her also feel that way. Pero hindi naman siya pala-share. Jessy is always professional. Very sweet, tahimik lang siya magtrabaho,” she added.
Having started work on You’re My Home late last year, Dawn said she has gotten close to the cast which is why she noticed the change in Jessy lately. "Nakapangalawang pasko na nga kami eh (laughs). Because we started last December so nag-Christmas party kami so mag-kri-Christmas party na naman kami! Ngayon napansin ko lang si Jessy na very serious, very quiet. She likes to sit by herself. Kung kunyari nag-pe-prepare lang kaming lahat,” she admitted. When asked what kind of advice she could offer Jessy, Dawn said she does not have the right to share anything specific. "I wouldn’t know what advice to give her until I know kung ano yung pinagdadaanan niya. I only have a hunch but I’m not going to speculate,” she said.
Watch Dawn Zulueta along with Richard Gomez, Jessy Mendiola, JC De Vera, Assunta de Rossi, Paul Salas, Sam Concepcion, Mika de la Cruz, Lara Quigaman, Tonton Gutierrez, and Jobelle Salvador in You’re My Home starting November 9 on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.