GMA Network reimagines the 1980 movie by Joey Gosiengfao, ‘Underage,’ which will
air on GMA Afternoon Prime, this January 16.
Bannered by talented and promising Sparkle stars Lexi Gonzales as Celine, Elijah Alejo as Chynna, Hailey Mendes as Carrie, the series features an intensely intriguing story of three sisters who are prematurely thrust into adulthood by going through a series
of emotional mishaps within the family. Their lives will change after a malicious viral video involving them trends on social media.
Lexi expressed her gratitude with the lessons she learned and towards the people she
worked with in the series, “It’s a really good experience and I’m really thankful kasi ako
po si Celine and na experience ko po lahat ng hirap, saya, struggles ng character. With
that, aminado po ako na mahirap talaga ang lahat but I’m also thankful kasi everyone
here ay parte ng craft ko sa Underage. Lahat sila tumulong sa’kin, ginabayan nila ako at
hindi nila ako pinabayaan all throughout the show.”
Hailey also shared how she enjoyed working with this project, “Sa set po pag wala po
kaming taping parang pamilya po kaming magkakasama. Madalas po kaming mag
foodtrip. Sa eksena naman po ganon din po kaya natural lang po ‘yung binibigay namin
and masaya lang po sa set. Akala ko po nung una mahihirapan akong makipag–usap o
makipagkilala pero parang matagal ko na silang kakilala kaya masayang–masaya po ako
sa mga katrabaho ko at ang gaan–gaan nilang katrabaho.”
Meanwhile, Elijah is up for the challenge as she takes on a role different from what she
previously done, “Ang pinaka–challenging po sa’kin is yung shift from being a kontrabida
po. Shift from Briana to Chynna ng Underage kasi magkaibang–magkaiba po yung ugali
nila. Si Briana salbahe si Chynna naman spoiled na bibo na malambing sa mga kapatid.
Nung nakilala ko na po si Chynna, napaka–fulfilling po kasi wala na po si Briana
ng Prima Donnas, hindi na po siya magpapakita rito sa Underage.”
Joining them is a powerhouse cast of some of the country’s most respected and south–
after artists in film and television composed of Sunshine Cruz as Lena Serrano and Ms.
Snooky Serna as Velda Gatchalian, whose also a member of the original cast. Together
with Gil Cuerva as Lance Guerrero, Nikki Co as Leo Guerrero, Vince Crisostomo as
Tope Miranda, Jean Saburit as Ylvira Gatchalian, Yayo Aguila as Becca
Serrano, Christian Vasquez as Dominic Gatchalian, Jome Silayan as Rico Siguenza,
and Maey Bautista as Remy. With the special participation of Smokey Manaloto as
‘Underage’ is made possible with the supervision of SVP for Entertainment
Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable; VP for Drama Cheryl Ching–Sy; AVP for Drama Ali
Producer Erwin Hilado.
In collaboration with the network’s finest creative team composed of Creative Head for
Afternoon Prime Richard Dode Cruz; Creative Consultant Denoy Navarro–
Punio; Head Writer Luningning Interino–Ribay.
The phenomenal series is under the helm of Director Rechie Del Carmen and Associate
Director Paul Sta. Ana.
Catch ‘Underage,’ beginning January 16, 4:15 p.m. after Unica Hija on GMA Afternoon
Viewers abroad can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV. For more stories about
the Kapuso Network, visit www.GMANetwork.com.