Dingdong showcases acting chops in ‘AlterNate’

January 8, 2022 Ian F. Fariñas 363 views

2020 Seoul International Drama Awards Asian Star Prize and Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes is back on GMA Telebabad as he portrays for the very first time a dual role in the latest installment of the hit GMA drama anthology, I Can See You: AlterNate.

The new miniseries, airing tomorrow, January 10, narrates the story of a refined man whose marriage will be tested when his wife unknowingly cheats with someone who looks completely like him and is apparently his long-lost twin brother.

“Isa ito sa mga pinakamahirap na nagawa ko talaga. Hindi lang siguro sa trabaho ko bilang artista pero sa buhay din in general dahil ang daming elemento na kaakibat ng experience na ito. Isa na riyan, first time ko na maka-experience ng mahabang lock-in taping and be away from my family for 30 days,” said Dingdong who plays identical twins Nate and Michael.

“Plus, the fact na mahirap ’yung role. Pero iyon din naman iyong hinihingi ko sa sarili ko kapag pumipili at nagko-commit ako sa isang bagay, ‘yung sana mas mahirap ‘to kesa sa mga nagawa ko na in the past, in order to challenge myself as an actor. All other elements combined, ’yung hirap na ‘yun nag-pay-off naman. Lumabas kami sa taping bubble nang very fulfilled dahil we were able to tell a compelling story in the context of a very challenging time,” he added.

Joining the stellar cast of I Can See You: AlterNate are Beauty Gonzalez as Sheila, Nate’s wife; Jackie Lou Blanco as Carmencita, Nate’s foster mother; Joyce Ching as Angie, Michael’s younger sister; and Ricky Davao as Lyndon, Nate’s foster father.

Kapuso director Dominic Zapata, who helms the compelling miniseries, praised both Dingdong and Beauty for their acting dynamics, “This is the first time Dingdong and Beauty met and worked with each other. But since ganoon ’yung acumen nila sa kanilang craft, kaya nilang magbatuhan ng linya on Zoom, tapos kapag in-person na they allow it to organically form habang nangyayari ’yung eksena. It gets even better as the day progresses. Iyon ‘yung masarap panoorin.

“In fact, by the end of the lock-in, kahit ang hirap ng taping, nabitin ako. Kasi na-enjoy ko talaga. Hindi siya dumali in terms of the amount of work, but it’s just so enjoyable you forget na napapagod ka. If there’s a lot of joy and love, it shows in the work. Definitely, this is one of those projects where it’s evident.”

Experience double thrills and suspense in I Can See You: AlterNate, beginning tomorrow, January 10, 8:50 p.m., on GMA Telebabad.

Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV.