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With a new teleserye and an-ever supportive girlfriend by his side, Dennis Trillo is firing on all cylinders in 2018

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GMA’s romantic-comedy series “The One That Got Away” sees Dennis Trillo being paired with not just one but three leading ladies – a first in his 18 years in show business.

On the show, Dennis is Liam, a smart and handsome entrepreneur who comes from a wealthy family and lives in their ancestral home with his nanny. He likes all things vintage and he is an animal-lover. He likes women with sense of humor, which is the common trait among his exes, namely Zoe, Darcy and Alex.

Zoe is played by Rhian Ramos while Lovi Poe and Max Collin bring life to the characters Alex and Darcy, respectively.

DENNIS TRILLO

DENNIS TRILLO

Talking to some members of the press a few days ago, Dennis expressed excitement over working with the three. He shared how thankful he is to have been entrusted with another project by the network.

The series serves as “refresher” for Dennis, this after doing intense action on “Mulawin Vs. Ravena.”

“Napaka-swerte ko lang talaga,” he said, smiling. “Comedy na medyo sexy itong series. Basta nakakatuwa lang na pinagkatiwalaan na naman ako ng GMA ng isang napaka-gandang proyekto. Light lang ’to, lalo na galing ako sa fantasy. Malayong-malayo talaga ’yung role ko dito tapos tatlo pa ang leading ladies ko.”

The actor describes Rhian as a “cool chick” and “one of the boys,” while Lovi is the “most serious dramatic actress.”

“Si Rhian kasi mahilig siya sa mga bagay na nagugustuhan din ng mga lalaki like ’yung racing. Si Lovi naman, sobrang seryoso niya talaga kaya kapag drama ang eksena, siya talaga ’yung nagsta-standout.”

What about Max?

“Kung titignan mo si Max akala mo mataray eh, mahirap lapitan. Pero kapag nakausap mo na, sobrang malumanay magsalita. Mabait talaga.”

This early, Dennis said if there’s one lesson the show will impart to viewers, it is about treasuring every moment with your partner.
“Bawat relasyon mararanasan natin ’yan eh. Lahat naman natututunan from experience so siguro ang masasabi ko lang dapat i-treasure natin lahat ng moments, ’yung mga experiences together,” he said. “Bihira lang kasing dumating ’yan eh, kaya kapag dumating kailangan pahalagahan kasi baka hindi na bumalik ’yung pagkakataon.”

“The One That Got Away” also stars Ivan Dorschner, Migo Adecer, Jason Abalos, Bembol Roco, Snooky Serna, Luz Valdez, Ervic Vijandre, Ayra Mariano, Nar Cabico, and Ashley Rivera, among others.

JENNYLYN MERCADO

JENNYLYN MERCADO

Under the direction of Mark De La Cruz with Conrado Peru, it airs beginning today right after “Kambal, Karibal” on GMA Telebabad.

Is he one?

Despite being “the one that got away” on screen, Dennis demurred notions art imitates life in his case.

“Actually hindi ko talaga alam eh. Siyempre hindi naman sasabihin ng ex mo ’yun ’di ba?” he maintained. “Siyempre gusto kong isipin na ganun ang iniisip ng mga past ko. Kasi nag-effort din talaga ako na maging maayos na boyfriend.”

How is he as a boyfriend? Well, according to Dennis, he is “very maalaga” yet “medyo seloso.”

“Siyempre kasi ayaw mong mawala ’yung mahal mo,” he explained.

The actor likes to keep his love life private as much as possible.

“Basta ako bawat relasyon naman (na pinapasok ko), seryoso talaga ako,” he said.

Getting there

Does Dennis have a “TOTGA?” “Wala na. Bumalik na eh,” was his reply that got some of the press people swooning.

Well, no need for guessing: Dennis is happily in love with Jennylyn Mercado.

He said their relationship is in the “happy stage,” where they just enjoy every moment of being together.

Jennylyn inspires him a lot – she’s priceless, that’s how he put it.

“Masaya lang kami pareho. Wala kaming tinatago. Ine-enjoy lang namin lahat ng blessings together. Gusto lang namin gumawa ng masasayang bagay, makagawa ng memories na magaganda,” he said. “Natutuwa lang kami dahil nasa stage kami na, wala kaming burden, walang problema at higit sa lahat, pinagmamalaki namin kung anong meron sa amin.”

What about marriage, someone asked. “At the right time,” Dennis shot back.

DENNIS' LEADING LADIES (from left) Max Collins, Rhian Ramos and Lovi Poe

DENNIS’ LEADING LADIES (from left) Max Collins, Rhian Ramos and Lovi Poe

Don’t get him wrong, Dennis believes in marriage. It’s just that he doesn’t want to rush into it.

“Ayoko lang din bigyan ng deadline ang sarili ko. Alam kong parehas naman na kaming hindi na bata pero ’pag mga ganung bagay kasi, I believe dapat pina-plano ng maagi. Ayaw din namin magpadala lang sa pressure ng ibang tao,” he said.

After being together for a year, the Kapuso couple broke up in 2011. It was four years later that they rekindled romance. Dennis shared that what happened in the past, taught them a thing or two about being in a relationship.

“Maturity,” he noted. “Nu’ng mga bata pa kami, maraming hindi naitama sa ugali namin pareho. Maraming kaming natutunan from that (breakup). Sa isang relasyon naman, walang mistakes eh, puro lessons na gusto mong i-master. Kaya kung saan kami nag-failed dati, naitama na namin.”

Asked if he sees Jennylyn as “the one” for him, Dennis said: “Hindi ko na hahayaang mawala ’to.”

Ayiee…

Together

Dennis said he got the best Christmas gift thanks to his girlfriend though he refused to divulge more details.

“Pero sobrang galante niya,” he said.

The actor hopes for another blessed year. He wishes for more projects and more out-of-the-country tours with his loved ones.
“May pelikula ako this year pero secret lang muna,” he said.

2018 is a Year of the Dog and he is a dog-lover.

“Therapy namin siya (dog). Lakas maka-goodvibes eh. Lakas makapag-pasaya lalo na kapag alam mong mahal ka rin nila,” he said.

Take note, “nila.”

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