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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 20, 2017

Iya Villania On Working With Heart Evangelista & Their Foreign Co-Actors For The First Time In 'My Korean Jagiya'

IYA VILLANIA is delighted to play Heart Evangelista’s best friend in “My Korean Jagiya” that stars airing this Monday night to replace “I Heart Davao”. They are the only members of the cast who were sent to Seoul, Korea to shoot some important scenes on location. She admits she was nervous at first because she and Heart are not really that close, so how will they be convincing to play best friends?

“Nagkasama na kami before sa ‘Sunday All Stars’ at sa MYX but hindi kami nagkaroon ng chance na magchikahan nang mahaba,” she says. “Pero nawala yung nerbiyos ko kasi naging comfortable kami agad sa isa’t isa while we were doing the shoot in Korea. She’s easy to get along with and now, I’m thankful to get the chance to know her better. Makuwento pala siya. Kung noon, hindi ko make-claim na magkaibigan kami, after ‘My Korean Jagiya’, I can honestly say na we’re now very good friends. Naging at ease ako agad with her. Nakakapag-pump nga ako sa harap niya. Kasi I feed our baby with my own breast milk so I have to pump. Sabi niya, natatakot daw siya, e wala pa siyang baby. But I told her she will learn as she goes along.”

So how is it working with the Korean members of the cast? “Noong una, siempre, nagkakahiyaan pa kaming mag-usap. But si Alexander Lee, yung leading man ni Heart, sa first taping day pa lang namin in Nami Island, he was even the one to approach us first and said hi. Pinakilala ang sarili niya. Si David Kim, wala siyang eksena that day, but he came to the set para makipagkilala sa amin. Sobrang bait nila.”

Iya said the Korean actors, including Michelle Oh and Jerry Lee, said they’re happy working with Pinoys. “Sa kanila raw, sa set, walang standby area at pag wala silang take, they just stay in their cars. Unlike dito sa atin, nagse-setup ng air conditioned tents where the stars can stay, rest and feel more comfortable. Generally, very reserved sila, very polite.”

How’s her husband Drew Arellano and their son, Primo? “They’re both doing fine. Our baby is celebrating his first birthday on August 30 and we are preparing for that. We’re hands on parents ni Drew at wala kaming yaya. Palitan kami sa pag-aalaga sa kanya kaya sobrang attached sa amin.”