‘Magic onscreen:’ ‘Start-Up PH’ directors reveal what it’s like to work with Bea and Alden

Bea Alonzo (left) and Alden Richards

While Jerry Lopez-Sineneng is one of the few familiar faces for Bea Alonzo on the set of “Start-Up PH,” the director didn’t feel the need to coddle the actress just so she could acclimatize to her new work environment.

“I just treated her the same way I treated her in our past projects. There was no effort to baby her or something. I know she was nervous, but I also know that she will eventually adapt and gel with the group,” Jerry told the Inquirer in a recent group interview with the directors of the said show.

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The upcoming GMA 7 adaptation of the popular South Korean drama “Start-Up” will be Bea’s first project as a Kapuso star. In a previous interview with the Inquirer, Bea admitted that she was nervous about doing a series with people she has yet to work with, but that Jerry’s presence put her at ease.

“It’s normal … we’re friends. And it was a conscious decision not to baby her, because the more you rub it in, the more she will feel nervous. Baka ‘di maganda ang effect. I hardly visit her tent because it could unwittingly feed what she’s feeling,” related Jerry, who directed Bea’s last soap with ABS-CBN, “A Love to Last.”

First time

“Start-Up PH” co-director Dominic Zapata did notice that Bea was trying to feel her way in at the beginning of taping. “Nanganganay siya. I think she was expecting a more serious set, but it turned out to be light. Kulit-kulitan lang. I feel like a serious atmosphere would be exhausting, so we try to laugh and lighten things up. And when she saw that it was a fun set, she became comfortable,” she said.