GMA Network opens the year with drama action series “Descendants Of The Sun (DOTS)” based on the Korean show of the same title.
Bulletin Entertainment caught up with some of the cast members and we asked them how it is to be part of such a big production.
For Jasmine Curtis-Smith, who considers the project her biggest break so far, she admitted initially getting butterflies in the stomach just thinking how people would take their adaptation. Thankfully, the feedback in the trailer has been positive.
She’s excited to be working on the series with Rocco Nacino.
“We have so much fun during taping,” she said. “I’m happy majority ng K-drama fans clubs, nagustuhan yung trailer.”
“DOTS” sees doctors stationed in fictional war zone. A surgeon (Jennylyn Mercado as Dr. Maxine dela Cruz) and a special forces officer (Dingdong Dantes as Captain Lucas or Big Boss) will hurdle personal and professional struggles while exploring issues about the value of life.
Jasmine plays lieutenant Moira Defensor while Rocco is sergeant Diego Ramos.
“It’s such a huge responsibility. It’s a remake so, you know, meron kang responsibility to stick to original but also give it the flavor you want,” Jasmine said of her role.
The actors are building rapport as days go by.
“May training pa kaming ginawa before actual taping so nagkaroon kami ng bonding,” she shared. We’re all becoming friends now, we’re so much closer with each other.
Young talents Prince Clemente and Jenzel Angeles, both in the cast, attested to what Jasmine said.
How is it working with big stars Dingdong and Jennylyn, we asked.
For Prince, it’s a dream come true, saying they are his “idols.” Dingdong, he added, is such a cool guy.
“Walang arte, walang attitude, sobrang bait niya, ” Prince said.
Asked about his experience in doing military training for the show, Prince revealed he almost gave up.
“Sobrang intense and sobrang hirap pero masaya,” he noted.
The training included waking up at crack of dawn to jog without breakfast. They were required to run for 10 km. with a 45-lb rucksack looped around their neck, and as they carry a riffle.
As reported earlier, a military unit sees to it that everything is authentic, including the proper way of wearing the uniform.
Jenzel has nothing but good words for Jennylyn.
“She’s always smiling and very professional,” she said. “Always accommodating.”
She teased that people should look forward to enjoying the fresh team-up of Dingdong and Jennylyn. As for the story, some parts have been revised in the Filipino adaptation. (Photos from GMA Network/respective social media accounts of the actors)