Ultimate Hugot director Antoinette Jadaone’s first teleserye project On The Wings of Love starring soap first-timers James Reid and Nadine Lustre made a stellar debut on Kapamilya primetime.
Despite the seamless flow of the show, what many do not know is that Direk Tonette herself is still starting to get used to being part of something as demanding as teleseryes.
“Noong umpisa naninibago ako kasi siyempre galing akong pelikula na mas mahabang, ‘yung kumbaga buong character arc niya tapos siya isang buong script gagawin,” she said during their show’s press conference.
Direk Tonette’s title “Ultimate Hugot Director” stems from the number of well-received rom-com flicks that she created recently, namely The Breakup Playlist, You’re My Boss, That Thing Called Tadhana, English Only Please, and Relaks, It’s Just Pag-Ibig.
She continued, “Naninibago ako sa teleserye kasi siyempre first time kong pumasok dito na may gap-ended, day-ender, week-ender. Hindi ko masiyadong ano… [sanay pa.]”
But although there are a number of differences between the two types of directing projects, she eventually realized that they still have similarities.
“Na-realize ko magkaiba lang sila ng medium pero pareho lang silang nagkukwento. Pareho lang silang may gustong sabihin na kwento tungkol sa love and relationship. So ‘yung core ng pagdi-direk ng isang kilig sa movie parehas lang po siya sa teleserye,” she explained.
Apart from working on a soap for the first time, it is also Direk Tonette’s first time to work with JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre). Despite being their current director, she was tight-lipped as to whatever or not the love team has an unspoken relationship.
What she was rather able to confirm was the fact that they are both driven as a love team.
“‘Yung something na nakikita ko na ‘yun ang nakikita ko ‘pag nasa set sila, kasi kapag magkasama sila sa isang eksena nagututulungan kasi sila na love team eh. Hindi sila ‘yung ‘Bahala ka na diyan! Kung hindi mo makuha ang eksena, kebs na lang!’” Direk Tonette revealed.
She continued, “Parang doon ako mas bilib sa kanila. Parang ‘yung love team nila pinapahalagahan nila na hindi sila papayag na ‘yung isa hindi nakasabay sa kung saan man papunta ‘yung eksena.”
Apart from that, she also noted the love team’s palpable chemistry as their “advantage” of sorts.
“‘Yung chemistry kasi sila kahit noong plug shoot palang sobrang ano na. Hindi mo na talaga kailangan i-work on ang chemistry. Eh ‘yung chemistry talaga hindi siya napipilit eh so sobrang thankful ako na ‘yung kilig andun na talaga sa kanila,” she ended.
Catch OnThe Wings of Love during weekdays After Pangako Sa’Yo.