Regal Entertainment offers actors Ritz Azul and Pepe Herrera their biggest break in showbiz as they both star as lead in the romantic comedy film THE HOPEFUL ROMANTIC.
Highly identified in drama, 24-year-old Ritz Azul explains that she is excited to try her hand in comedy on the big screen.
But between drama and comedy, Ritz says that comedy is harder to do. However, she asserts that she is up to the challenge and is doing her best.
She also reveals that her role in The Hopeful Romantic is edgier compared to the roles she has portrayed before.
In the movie, Ritz portrays the role of Veronica, a gold-digger. A kept woman in the high society world and a woman who tries to survive despite the difficult life she has gone through.
Pepe Herrera on the other hand became a household name because of his character as Benny in the ABS-CBN prime time show FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, in which he played the sidekick of Cardo (Coco Martin) for a time.
Admittedly, Pepe admits that the teleserye has been his biggest break in mainstream showbiz. But even before Ang Probinsyano, this singer-actor has already proven his mettle as an artist.
He already has an acting award and has secured a title role in a much-applauded musical, which has had couple of reruns for continued clamor, Rak of Aegis.
In 2016, he was awarded the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal in the movie Sakaling Hindi Makarating.
Born Jose Nicolas Emmanuel Herrera, Pepe comes from a typical middle class family. He attained a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the Conservatory of Music in University of Santo Tomas and was a member of the campus’s well-known choral group, Coro Tomasino. He graduated in 2011.
While his college course isn’t the kind that would land him an office job, his parents, especially his mom, encouraged him to pursue it because it is what he loves.
After graduation, he immediately grabbed the opportunity to work as a waiter in a cruise ship. And to satisfy his desire to perform in front of the audience, he worked as a singer at night. And while working as a singer at the ship was just his sideline, it was then that he truly realized his passion.
After 10 months, he returned home and followed his passion, which is performing and teaching kids.
He got a support role in the Enrique Gil-Liza Soberano prime time hit series Forevermore in 2014, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Pepe plays Jess, a 33 year old Valet Parking Attendant at The Manila Hotel, an honest man and most of all, a virgin. He promised himself that he will only give himself when he already found his true love.
Jess meets Veronica (Ritz) at the hotel bar. Instantly, he gets mesmerized by her presence. One thing led to another, and Veronica gave Jess the “first time”. Jess, believing in the magic of what happened between them, decides that Veronica is his one true love.
However, there is one problem; Veronica has no idea that he is not rich. Afraid that revealing himself will make him lose Veronica, Jess starts to pretend the part. He kept on doing this until his resources spill away. The inevitable happens, and Veronica learns the truth about Jess.
The Hopeful Romantic directed by Topel Lee opens in cinemas nationwide on September 12.