By February next year when she and husband, Sen. Chiz Escudero, will celebrate their second wedding anniversary, Heart Evangelista should be ready to start on their first-ever joint venture — their first baby together, what else! (Chiz has twin children with his ex-wife.)
By then, the couple shall also have moved to a new house that, according to Heart, “I built from my own earnings” from her TV and movie projects, endorsements, paintings and sale of designer bags which showcase her artworks. That’s her reaction to rumors that Chiz contributed to the construction. Early on, Chiz has been saying that only Heart’s money was sunk into the project. The couple signed a pre-nup agreement.
After their wedding at the exclusive Balesin Island in Quezon Province, the couple has been staying in their respective places, Heart at her New Manila condo unit and Chiz at his own just a stone’s throw away which was very convenient for “sleepover” moments.
In the meantime, Heart is preoccupied with several projects including the GMA romcom My Korean Jagiya (pronounced Chag-ya) which premieres tonight after Mulawin vs. Ravena, replacing the just-ended I Heart Davao (starring sweethearts Tom Rodriguez and Carla Abellana). Heart’s leading man is Korean actor Alexander Lee with whom she shot several scenes in Seoul.
“Before I met her,” Lee told The STAR, “I heard that Heart was like a princess married to a handsome guy. I was somewhat nervous on our first shooting day but she made me feel comfortable at once.”
They instantly became good friends. As soon as they find time between shoots, Heart plans to bring Lee to Bicol, Chiz’s turf (specifically Sorsogon), and show Lee what he missed during his first previous visits here a few years ago as member of the band U-Kiss. A food-tripper, Lee admitted that he loves all kinds of food and has become so “addicted” to halo-halo that he takes a glassful every day (no wonder he’s so sweet, ‘no?) and also Puto Bumbong. Will Heart make Lee taste Bicol’s famous hot-and-spicy delicacies?
In My Korean Jagiya, Heart plays Guadalupe Immaculada Asuncion or Gia, an avid fan of K-Pop actor Jun Ho played by Lee. How fan and idol meet takes a long-winding road marked by broken hearts and then some, an interesting journey of loving which Funfare leaves you to follow in My Korean Jagiya.
Directed by Mark Reyes, My Korean Jagiya also stars Janice De Belen as Aida Asuncion, Gia’s widowed aunt; Ricky Davao as Jose/Josie Asuncion, Gia’s flamboyant and colorful uncle; Iya Villania-Arellano as Kennedy Santos, Gia’s perky and cheerful best friend; Edgar Allan Guzman as Ryan Alba, Gia’s handsome playboy boyfriend; and Valeen Montenegro as Cindy, the manipulative Filipina girlfriend of Jun Ho.
With the special participation of Korean stars David Kim as Kim Ji Hu, Jun Ho’s stubborn older brother; Michelle Oh as Madam Kim Yea-Jin, Jun Ho and Ji Hu’s authoritative but caring mother; and Jerry Lee as Manager Choi, the goal-oriented and controlling manager of Jun Ho.
Seoul Film Commission and Seoul Metropolitan Government provided support and assistance to the production of MyKorean Jagiya during their entire stay in South Korea.
Meanwhile, check how Heart would be, “if she were.”
• If I were an animal, I would be…a dog.
• If I were a song, I would be…a love song.
• If I were a place, I would be…the beach.
• If I were a tree, I would be…a Eucalyptus Tree.
• If I were a flower, I would be…Sakura, seasonal! Hahaha!!!
• If I were a food, I would be…cheese.
• If I were a movie, I would be…a rom-com.
• If I were a car, I would be…a classic.
• If I were a part of the house, I would be…a family room.
• If I were a hero, I would be…Wonder Woman, of course!!!
• If I were a cartoon character, I would be…Jasmine.
• If I were a book, I would be…a novel, a very long one.
• If I were a Hollywood actor or actress, I would be…Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly.
• If I were a subject in school, I would be…Science; you have to discover me.
• If I were a President, I would be…Obama.
• If I were a perfume, I would be…anything powdery scent like Penhaligon’s Luna.
• If I were a musical instrument, I would be…piano.
• If I were a drink, I would be…wine.
• If I were a country, I would be…Philippines.
• If I were a fictional character, I would be…No, I wouldn’t wanna be a fictional character; I wanna be a real one.
• If I were a music icon, I would be…Madonna, of all ages.
• If I were a sport, I would be…shooting.
• If I were a dessert, I would be…the cherry on top.
• If I were a season, I would be…spring.
Here’s more about the two other Korean actors in My KoreanJagiya.
David Kim has appeared in renowned K-dramas such as Iris 2,Glamorous Temptation, and currently, The King Is In Love. David has been acting since he was in high school.
“It was by chance that I made my debut,” he’s quoted in the GMA bulletin. “I was approached by a photographer when he saw me on the streets. He took my photo and he eventually introduced me to an entertainment management company.”
My Korean Jagiya is David’s first international stint by a foreign production and shot in a foreign country.
“This drama is really interesting and I was lucky to get a chance to experience something new and something different compared to all the projects I’ve done in Korea,” he admitted.
Michelle Oh immediately accepted the role because she said that she’s excited to finally work in the Philippines.
“The Philippines is such a friendly and hospitable country,” she said. “I couldn’t ask for a better role. All of my family and friends are supporting me on this project so I am grateful and I feel I need to do my best.”
Michelle said that she really loves her role in the primetime soap because it’s different from her previous characters, “Most of the roles I’ve done were a rich woman and wife but for My Korean Jagiya, I’m not only rich but powerful so I like this role very much.”
She greatly appreciates the warm welcome and hospitality of the entire production team and her co-actors, most especially Heart.
“I think Filipinos in general have a good heart. I am truly grateful for the kindness Heart has shown us,” Michelle added. “She invited us to her home and she also brought us to different places. I’ve learned so much from her. I am overwhelmed that I’ve made new friends. All of my co-stars are very friendly and kind.”