Heart pressured to be in 'My Korean Jagiya'

PHILIPPINE TV's Sweetheart Heart Evangelista-Escudero admitted about getting pressured when she learned about her newest teleserye "My Korean Jagiya."

The 33-year-old actress shared with the Davao entertainment press last August 18 at the New Asia Restaurant that despite being in the industry for 19 years, she was somehow nervous upon learning about the project.

"My Korean Jagiya" is a Filipino-Korean romantic comedy series which began airing on GMA Telebabad on August 21.

"When this happened, na-pressure ako," she said when asked about her reaction about getting the role for a Filipino-Korean project. "This is just a big deal!"

She also noted that "I get pressured especially that I'm working with Koreans."

"With this one, I felt so nervous because I really like it so much. So, hopefully, the Filipinos will give it a chance," she continued.

In the latest Kapuso offering, Heart plays the role of Guadalupe Immaculada Asuncion or Gia. She is paired with Alexander Lee, a former member of the famous K-pop group U-KISS, who portrays the character of Kim Jun Ho.

Among the Korean stars whom Heart is working with in the soap are Michelle Oh as Jun Ho's authoritative yet caring mother Madam Kim Yea-Jin, David Kim as Jun Ho's stubborn brother Kim Ji Hu, and Jerry Lee as Jun Ho's controlling Manager Choi.

Meanwhile, the Philippine showbiz's big names in "My Korean Jagiya" include Ricky Davao as Gia's flamboyant and colorful uncle Jose/Josie Asuncion, Iya Villania-Arellano as Gia's perky and cheerful best friend Kennedy Santos, Edgar Allan Guzman as Gia's handsome playboy boyfriend Ryan Alba, and Valeen Montenegro as Jun Ho's manipulative Filipina girlfriend. "Hari ng Tondo" composer Myke Salomon is also joining as Ji Hu's driver and assistant.

In the meantime, Alexander revealed how much he is enjoying "My Korean Jagiya," especially when it comes to working with Heart.

"She's very welcoming," he said, while adding that the entire production "was very surprisingly pleasant" as well.

Award-winning director Mark Reyes is at the helm of "My Korean Jagiya."

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