Aside from writing and co-producing iWant and Dreamscape Digital’s newest offering Apple of My Eye, Bela Padilla admitted she also personally handpicked Marco Gumabao and Krystal Reyes for their roles as techie milllennial Michael and the old-fashioned flower shop owner Apple. “Yes kaya we’re very happy na nakuha naming yung parehong first choice. Si Krystal kasi has this innocence in her face na parang never pa na-in love and very simple, very unassuming. Ganun yung dating ni Krystal sa akin and it’s true in real life also. She’s very unassuming and very easy to talk to. Ganun yung character ni Apple kasi. So pag pinanuod mo para siyang tailor written for Krystal. It wasn’t done that way but because of how she is as a person, parang siya na talaga si Apple. And ganun din kay Marco,” she shared.
Bela said she has always been a fan of Krystal Reyes who is doing a project in the Kapamilya network for the first time. “We go way back kasi napapanuod ko siya sa Mga Mata ni Anghelita (laughs). Ganun yung pagka-way back. Nung high school napapanuod ko siya. Ang galing galing niya. Actually fan ako ni Krystal. I saw how she grew sa TV. Also if she is thankful to be a part of this, mas thankful kami kasi she gave everything in this series. Ang galing galing niya dito. Dahil sa reaction niya lalo kang kikiligin so napamangha ako ni Krystal after this project. Gusto ko siya makatrabaho ulit because of this and I heard about her work ethic also, kung gaano siya kagaan katrabaho sa set. Kasi parang after the pre-prod, after the creating, hindi naman na ako sumama sa set eh, pero based sa mga kuwento nila, napakabait niya na katrabaho,” she explained.
Catch Apple of My Eye for free on iWant via its iOS or Android apps or via web browser on iWant.ph starting February 14, Thursday