Matteo Guidicelli is thankful for all the feedback that the pilot week of their primetime fantasy series Bagani has been receiving. Although the show became controversial, it successfully opened to high ratings last Monday, March 5.
In an interview with PUSH, he acknowledged both the positive and negative comments that the show has been receiving from the netizens. “This soap, everybody around it, they work very, very hard for it since last year, since the year before that. Talagang pinaghandaan talaga ‘to, pinag-isipan talaga and it’s a big soap and it’s a big effort for everybody. We’re proud of it. Me, personally, I’m very proud of this soap because it’s one of a kind. It’s a huge thing. It’s beautiful, kumbaga.”
Even celebrities like Vice Ganda, who had good things to say about the show on his Twitter, got hooked. How about his real-life girlfriend Sarah Geronimo?
“Yeah, she likes it. I mean she hasn’t seen it on TV but she saw some snippets online and she likes it also. I mean I think everybody na mapapanood nila ‘yung first day, second day or ‘yung pilot, kumbaga, first day pa lang, makikita mo talaga na sobrang laki ng soap. ‘Yung mga shots pa lang, very big,” he said, adding that the series is definitely the fruit of hard work.
As for his role as Lakam, Matteo described him as an artist who has a lot of complexities in life. “Trying to prove to his dad, trying to prove to his whole region na kaya niyang maging leader, ganyan. So the character of Lakam is a little complex because he’s always trying to prove something. He can’t always be himself… As the soap goes, makikita niyo ‘yung iba’t ibang challenges ni Lakam.”
He also said that fight scenes are also challenging, given that a 30-second to one-minute sequence takes about a whole day to make. Nonetheless, he said that they love what they do and find it fun.
Meanwhile, Matteo recently opened a new Italian restaurant called Da Gianni Cucina Italian in Alabang. Being half-Italian, he named it after his grandfather. “It’s our second branch. The first one’s in Cebu and everybody’s welcome to come anytime. It’s home-cooked Italian food. It’s the food I grew up with. So ‘yun, it’s very simple dishes but they’re all good. They’re my favorite kumbaga.”
Saying that he would sometimes cook at the resto, he said that it is his dad who is the head chef. He said he is more of the front of the house person, entertaining people and doing marketing.