Dream team: Dennis Trillo offers to play “contravida” alongside John Lloyd Cruz

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Dennis Trillo and John Lloyd Cruz

If John Lloyd Cruz were to do a drama series with GMA 7, he wouldn’t need to look for an actor to play the villain.

“OK akong kontrabida ni John Lloyd”, Dennis Trillo volunteered in a recent videoconference for GMA 7’s prime time series “Legal Wives”, which ended on November 12th.

The 40-year-old star, who is usually cast as a lead or lead actor on television, was looking forward to taking on more unusual roles to keep her on edge.

“I want to play a bad character; someone who has no gentle bones in his body, “Dennis reported.” I want viewers to despise my character. I want to see people annoyed and angry about what I do, not personally though! “

Dennis and John Lloyd are considered two of the best actors of their generation. But while they have been in the industry for more than 20 years, they haven’t had the opportunity to work together.

“Mai pa kami nagka-work. And I’m thrilled it’s here now. I hope someday we can be on the same project, “said Dennis, whose performance in Erik Matti’s crime thriller” On the Job: The Missing 8 “earned him critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. of this year.

For now – while waiting for his next big project – Dennis is staying home to take care of his fiancée, fellow Kapuso star Jennylyn Mercado, who is pregnant with the couple’s first baby together. Both actors already have a child from past relationships: Dennis has Calix, 14, with Carlene Aguilar; Jennylyn has Alex Jazz, 13, with Patrick Garcia.

‘Work at home’

“Sa bahay lang ako, take care of Jen. My next job won’t be for a couple of weeks and I won’t be in the main cast, so it’s going to be fast. I’m also editing videos for our YouTube channel, “he said.” Once I’m back at work, I’d also like to do something light or a romantic comedy (aside from unusual roles) … something that doesn’t require me to cry a lot. ” .

Having already had his fair share of heavy acting in “Legal Wives”, where he plays Ismael Makadatu, a Maranaw noble with wives – Amirah, (Alice Dixson), Diane, (Andrea Torres) and Farrah (Bianca Umali) – who has love equally for “obligation”, “dedication” and “compassion”, respectively. “I’ll miss the show. It was the first time I had to play someone with three wives with very distinct qualities. It was difficult because you had to make each couple’s alchemy work. But having a happy work environment affects the output, ”he said, adding that dealing with something like this in real life is unimaginable for him.

“I don’t think I can handle such a thing. Even just playing the character was difficult, what if it’s real life? “He said.” I don’t think I’ll have peace of mind, someone in that situation will need a lot of strength and patience. You have to stay composed while solving problems, when you are with your back to the wall “.

Mission accomplished

In addition to the act of polygyny, the teleseries also aimed to examine concepts relevant to Islamic and Maranaw cultures. Dennis is confident the show has fulfilled its mission.

“Through this show, we have developed a deeper respect and understanding for other people’s cultures and religions, be they Maranaw, Muslim or Christian. Respect is important … But sometimes there are people who can’t give it readily because they don’t understand what others are going through. It can be easy to judge others based on what we see on the outside, “he said.

“And despite the restrictions and our initial concerns, the reception of spectators, especially Maranaw and Muslims, has been good, and this is encouraging to see.” INQ

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