Kapamilya actor Zanjoe Marudo confessed he prohibited actress Sue Ramirez from calling him ‘Kuya Z’ to sustain the chemistry of their roles both onscreen and off-screen.
The two are working together for the upcoming ABS-CBN’s The Broken Marriage Vow, the Philippine adaptation of Dr. Foster, an original BBC series.
Marudo revealed that during a pictorial for the series, he set things straight with Ramirez that he does not want her to call him an older brother.
From then on, Ramirez addressed Marudo as ‘Z’ and dropped the term ‘kuya.’
“Nag-pictorial na kami. Sabi ko: ‘uy tigilan mo na ‘yung pagtawag mo sa akin ng Kuya Z.’ ‘Oh sige, Kuya. Ay!’ sabi niyang ganoon. So simula noon, after n’on ay Z na lang ang tawag niya sa akin, wala ng kuya,” the actor shared.
The actor explained it felt strange or awkward that Ramirez addressed him ‘Kuya Z’ considering that the roles they are portraying are lovers in their upcoming series.
“Kasi magka-love team, may love story tayo rito, kumbaga magiging mag-asawa tayo rito. Kung tatawagin mo ako ng kuya off-screen, nakakailang naman siguro,” Marudo justiified.
The actor revealed they will begin taping the first cycle of The Broken Marriage Vow soon.
Apart from Marudo and Ramirez, the cast of the series will include Jodi Sta. Maria, Zaijian Jaranilla, Susan Africa, Jane Oineza, Brent Manalo, Ronnie Lazaro, Empress Schuck, Angeli Bayani, Rachel Alejandro, and Joem Bascon.