Zaijian hopes to break away from Santino through The Broken Marriage Vow character Gio

“Sobrang kinakabahan po saka napre-pressure kasi ang dami na nga pong nakagawa nitong The Broken Marriage Vow. Siyempre, kailangan mo pong mag-offer [o] maghanda ng bago sa kanila kasi baka sabihin nila, ‘ay napanood na namin ‘yan’. So, pinaghandaan ko po talaga siya nang maigi. At siyempre, sa tulong din po ng cast napaganda namin. Sobrang ganda.”

This was what Zaijian Jaranilla stated when asked how he feels about being part of ABS-CBN’s highly anticipated series The Broken Marriage Vow during the virtual media conference held on Thursday, January 13, and was livestreamed on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s official YouTube channel.

While his co-actors find playing their respective roles challenging as those were too far from their personalities in real life, he confessed that his character Gio Ilustre, the unico hijo of Jodi Sta. Maria and Zanjoe Marudo’s characters Jill and David, is actually close to his heart since both of them are products of broken families. This indeed helped him to fully understand where Gio is coming from and how he really feels, making it easy for him to embrace him.

And if there’s one great takeaway he had from doing this series, it’s to be matured and courageously face problems. His character may not have someone to lean on to when their family started to tear apart, yet he was still able to confront all those hitches by himself and to find himself along the way at the same time.

Aside from pulling from his own experiences in life, watching the Korean remake entitled The World of The Married, which was broadcast on Kapamilya Channel in 2020, also helped him prepare for this project. It allowed him to get the full grasp of his role and of the story as a whole, as well as to be able to put his personal and authentic spin to it by displaying the facet of the character that was not shown in the said adaptation.

Although playing Gio seemingly became innate to him, Zaijian revealed that he and his castmates were initially challenged on how they’re going to effectively portray their characters. As he, Jodi, and Zanjoe, needed to be tightly bonded as a family onscreen, they really worked it out as a team and eventually overcame that challenge.

When asked how was it working with a powerhouse ensemble, he was all praises since everyone was able to exude what is needed in their respective roles, especially Jodi and Zanjoe. It may only be his first time working with Zanjoe, but they were able to immediately form a bond and he even treats him like his father. He’s also amazed by his “Mama Jodi,” at the same time, who really served as his mom throughout their lock-in taping as she took good care of everyone. Besides, he also got inspired by how professional and dedicated she is in her craft, as well as how she seemed to not get tired while on the set.

Since the emotions in The Broken Marriage Vow are usually high, it could be sometimes difficult for them to shake away how their characters feel during a certain scene. He revealed that playing mobile games and the acupuncture performed by Jodi to them have helped him detach from his character and relieve their stress. Besides, entirely filming the series in the picturesque and chilly Baguio City truly helped him as an actor.

Even though the 20-year-old actor is thankful that people still recognize him as his iconic character Santino from the well-loved inspirational drama May Bukas Pahe hopes that his portrayal of Gio Ilustre will finally allow him to break away from that role and be seen in a different light. He expressed how proud he is of this character because he worked hard for it, that’s why he wishes that the viewers are going to appreciate and love it.

Aside from the hardwork everyone put in this project, the compelling performances of the ensemble cast, and the life lessons it will offer, he hopes that the viewers are going to appreciate as well how their brilliant director Connie Macatuno seamlessly incorporated the Filipino culture and tradition through the scenes and costumes they wore.

The media con wrapped up with Zaijian’s heartfelt message to everyone who supported his career ever since he was still a childstar.

“Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa walang sawang suporta n’yo sa akin. Hindi ko po na-feel na nawala ako sa limelight, kasi parang nagkaroon din po ako ng awkward stage. ‘Di ko ‘yon na-feel kasi nandiyan kayo palagi para sa akin. Lahat ng ginagawa ko na movie or teleserye, nakasuporta pa rin kayo. Kaya maraming-maraming salamat. Habangbuhay kong dadalhin ‘yong experience na ‘to. Thank you,” he said.

The Broken Marriage Vow will premiere on January 24 and will be broadcast on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z Channel 11, and TV5. iWantTFC subscribers also have the chance to see first its pilot episode on January 22.