Starstruck Batch 1 Ultimate Survivor and Kapuso Actor and Dancer MARK HERRAS has matured as an individual and as an actor reveals starstruck batchmate Yasmien Kurdi in a recent blogcon for new GMA Primetime Psycho-Drama-Thriller RHODORA X held at the Roots and Herbs Coffee Restaurant in Timog, Quezon City.
“Ang laki ng improvement sa maturity ni Mark, no’ng first time ko kasi sila nakilala ni Rainier para kasing na stuck-up sa 12 years old ang maturity level nilang dalawa. Pero ngayon, iba na si Mark. Ang mature na ng mga pananaw n’ya sa buhay, sa pagsasalita, pati na rin sa pag-arte. Ibang-ibang Mark Herras talaga ang makikita n’yo dito sa Rhodora X.” said Yasmien.
Together with fellow starstruck survivor Jennylyn Mercado, Mark and Yasmien leads the cast of RHODORA X which will pilot on January 27.
Here are Mark Herras and Yasmien Kurdi during the blogcon:
MARK will play the role of JOAQUIN the rich grandson of a shipyard owner.
“Mayaman na shipyard owner ang family ko dito. Mamatay ang mga parents ko sa isang accident at ang mag-papalaki sa akin dito ay yung lola ko na President ng Shipyard company namin (played by Lollie Mara). I will be appointed as the COO of the company at doon ko makikilala si Angela (played by Yasmien Kurdi) and also the other cast like Mark Anthony Fernandez (Nico) and Jennylyn Mercado (who goes with a lot of names but will be most recognized as the title role of Rhodora).”
Mark Herras considers RHODORA X as a reunion project for the Starstruck Batch 1 people. It’s been a long time since they did a project together and 10 years after they first met each other in the talent search competition. Jade Lopez (also from Starstruck Batch 1) will have a guest appearance in the series and they are still working on getting Rainier Castillo to join them as well. Taping for Rhodora X started last December and they are now on their Week 4 Script.
What are Mark Herras’ plans this year?
Well Mark did mention that he might do a Cosmo cover this year. He’s seriously considering the option and said that he’s willing to do some work-out and show a bit of man flesh for the magazine. He also said that although he’s already 27, he still prefers to take everything slowly. He is thankful for all the great projects that he’s getting from GMA and he doesn’t want to rush on to things yet.
Mark said that he’d like to do an Indie film as well. There have been some offers that did not materialize in the past but he’s hoping to do one this year. Mark did in 2008 SAPI with Aiza Marquez and the unreleased 2009 film Rock & Roll with Yasmien Kurdi, Rainier Castillo, Iwa Moto, Ryza Cenon, Bangs Garcia, Dominic Roco and IC Mendoza. Unfortunately, the producer of the film died and the project although finished was discontinued.
On Jennylyn Mercado?
When asked about former GF Jennylyn Mercado, Mark said that they’re more than okay.
“Yung friendship namin ni Jen parang mas naging malalim pa nung nagkahiwalay kami. We have a deeper relationship now off-cam at on-cam. Kahit bihira kami magkita, okay lang kami. We’re doing our job and we enjoy each other’s company.”
RHODORA X is created by the team of RJ Nuevas, Denoy Navarro-Punio, Des Garbes-Severino, Onay Sales, Ken De Leon, Jules Katanyag and directed by Albert Langitan. Also in the cast are Frank Magalona, Vaness Del Moral and veteran actors and actresses, Irma Adlawan, Gardo Versoza, Glaidel Mercado, Boots Anson Roa and Rez Cortez.
The show pilots on GMA Primetime this January 27.
Here is Mark Herras inviting everyone to watch RHODORA X: