For cast of ‘Running Man PH,’ it’s more than just about living up to Korean version fans’ expectations

LEFT TO RIGHT: Lexi Gonzales, Mikael Daez, Buboy Villar, and Angel Guardian

“We have no roles to play here, so we don’t really have anything to prove,” Glaiza added. “We’re just excited to discover new things about ourselves, new things we can offer to the audience.”

For Ruru, there’s no place for kaartehan in the show. “Since this is a big franchise, we don’t have to disappoint the longtime fans. I know there will be expectations. Pero ‘di tayo papatalo. Hindi kami magiging maarte sa challenges, even if we end up looking crazy or ugly. It’s a big show and I hope we can do our best to provide entertainment,” he said.

“Some people think, ‘Si Ruru, puro hubad at papogi lang ‘yan.’ But through this show, I hope we can showcase our personalities. We want to be seen like friends who people can get to know better than what they expect,” he added.

As a contestant in the seventh season of the reality talent search “StarStruck,” Lexi became known among fans for her competitive spirit. But she isn’t always like that. “I’m still introducing myself to the public, so I want people to see my side that’s just chill and fun. I’m not really competitive all the time. I want them to see that I can be fun—even if I don’t appear that way!” she said, laughing.

For Angel, it’s all about showcasing “the real me.” “If we worry about the things we think we should or should not do, we will end up looking too conscious of ourselves. And we will miss the chance to make ourselves relatable to the people,” she said.

When you put seven different personalities under pressure-cooker situations, misunderstandings will be inevitable. But that’s part of friendship-building, Glaiza pointed out.