Whether we were swooned by the Ben&Ben revival song playing in the background or bewitched by the charm of Croatia or we simply missed the LizQuen tandem, we have all the good reasons to be intrigued by the teaser of Make it With You. This time, we’ll take you behind-the-scenes with the series’ directors Cathy Garcia-Molina and Richard Arellano divulging what makes the show different from the rest.
The TV comeback of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil requires them to wear edgier characters as Billy Dimagiba and Gabo Villarica, respectively. Those who watched the plugging instantly noticed Liza’s blonde curly hair and Enrique’s laidback look. But apart from the changes in physical appearance, Direk Richard Arellano says LizQuen is about to get more mature and a bit sensual in the series.
Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina has already helmed a number of projects for the love team including the hit 2014 show Forevermore, their biggest television break. But for some reason, new feelings greeted her as she takes on the director’s chair. “I missed them! In fact, when I first met with them, sabi ko sa kanila ‘Hala parang hindi ko na kayo kilala ulit’. Noong sa Croatia nga sabi ko, ‘Hala iba na rin kayo umarte.’ Panibagong kilanlanan ulit at panibagong guidance,” shares Direk Cathy.
Make it with You is partly set in Croatia, a beautiful spot in Europe. The location may sound unusual for a Pinoy teleserye and even Direk Cathy was doubtful at first. But Croatia turns out to be exactly what the production team was looking for. “We needed a country where there are the least Filipinos and true enough, when we went to Croatia, biruin mo apat na Filipinos lang sa buong Croatia ang nakilala namin,” says Direk Cathy.
The location being set at the heart of Europe has brought difficulties in language barrier. The good thing though, is that our Pinoy production team was able to work with English-speaking Croatian crew.
“Parang lahat ng shoot laging mahirap, gumagaan lang sa katrabaho that’s why I love my staff. And LizQuen, they have always been masarap katrabaho, mabait, walang reklamo,” Direk Cathy muses. She recalls witnessing Enrique’s professionalism when he went topless amid the shivering cold in the beach as required in a scene.
Direk Cathy hopes to serve audiences something that will put a smile on their faces after going home from work. Direk Richard assures that aside from the fun, Make it With You will also deliver a realistic plot about family and love. “Kukurutin at madudurog ang mga puso nila pero at the same time, makikita nila ang value ng family and kung paano nagwo-work together because of love.”