How Piolo Pascual and Lovi Poe ‘Filipinoized’ the K-drama series ‘Flower of Evil’

Scene from “Flower of Evil”

Piolo Pascual and Lovi Poe, stars of the local adaptation of the South Korean series “Flower of Evil”, see nothing wrong with remaking old concepts rather than creating original ones.

“I completely understand why some people say we should focus on creating our own stuff, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong or I don’t think it’s wrong to recognize other people’s work. , especially if it’s something so beautiful,” Lovi said. Inquirer Entertainment on a recent media trip.

“Many countries have been doing it, and so have we, for many years now. Of course, you always want to do something original, but the bottom line here is if we could take the old concept to a new and different approach, then I think it’s still worth doing,” added Piolo, who swore the series will be enjoyed even by non-KDrama fans.

“We Filipinized it, so it’s not KDrama at all. It’s done in such a way that even people who prefer things other than KDrama will fall in love with the show,” he insisted.

About our culture

Piolo explained that even the narration is “very Pinoy, including the sensibility. We don’t want it to just be a copy of the original. Even the dynamic with our daughter is visibly different from the Korean version. Filipinos are very touchy. You will see it in our family, especially between my character Jacob and Iris de Lovi. We are very physical,” he stressed. “Even Iris’ relationship with her colleagues at head office is different. You’ll understand what I’m saying – how these things say a lot about our culture – once you see the show.

Lovi agreed saying, “Filipinos are very friendly, but as colleagues they can also be very competitive with each other. It’s really happening here. Also, what we’ve worn on the show is based on what we see locally. We had Iris wear a lot of coral, beige and pink – that’s her color palette – while Jacob was mostly in black.

Food was also an important element, Piolo reported. “You will see us serving a lot of Pinoy dishes. I was surprised to see Lovi eating dinuguan,” he recalls. “Not just any dinuguan, but one with gata (coconut milk),” Lovi interjected.

Lovi Poe as Iris

Lovi Poe as Iris

“She was eating the food props like she was planning to finish them. I had to remind him that we were still recording the scene,” Piolo said with a laugh.

In the series, Piolo is Jacob, a man who hides his identity and dark past from his wife Iris, who ironically works as someone who investigates and solves crimes. Their family seems to be perfect, until Iris is part of the team in charge of investigating a series of unexplained murders. She is then faced with the reality that her seemingly perfect husband may be hiding something from her.

For someone who works as a detective, Iris seems to have plenty of naive moments where she’s unable to uncover her husband’s secrets, we observed. Lovi reacted to this by saying, “Yes, she had been naive for years. She had no idea until she got involved in the investigation. It’s not until this particular crime occurs that the real story begins to unfold before her.

On whether she thought Iris’ story could also happen to a real person, the actress said, “I think it’s possible, especially if you’re really convinced that you know that person more than anyone else. Basically the story here is that as a wife I’m supposed to know everything about my husband That’s the reason why I was able to look past everything especially the life that Jacob has tried to hide from me. It was more like, with that premise, Iris willingly gave Jacob the benefit of the doubt.

Lovi’s first project

“Flower of Evil” is Lovi’s first project since signing up to the Kapamilya Network in September 2021. When asked who or what she enjoys most about doing the series, Lovi replied: “Everyone! It’s hard to pin down because I had special moments with each of them. With my directors and co-actors, it’s already taken for granted; but the time I spent with the cameramen and the audiomans were special too.

Piolo Pascual as Jacob

Piolo Pascual as Jacob

She added: “Of course, I’m new, so everything was different for me. At first, I felt uneasy and the words of encouragement I received helped me a lot. I remember from my first day, I was definitely not myself at all, and then the audio guy and the cameraman said to me, ‘Andito kami para sa’yo’. OK lang ‘yan.’ I really felt like crying at that time,” she recalled. “I’m also grateful that my first TV show as Kapamilya was with Piolo. It’s just the best experience. I can’t imagine doing my first show with someone else.


Piolo, meanwhile, praised his leading lady. “While I also want to show my appreciation to everyone on set – it’s not easy leaving family for a long time to go to work – I have to single out Lovi. She’s such a soldier. Her energy is contagious “That’s why even though everyone on set was already tired, they were pushing each other. We never heard Lovi complain. She was very committed to the role and dedicated to her craft. She knew how to pull us all upwards, encouraging us to be the best versions of ourselves.

“We actually called her ‘Lovi Pong,’ because she was going from set to set, but not complaining. We liked her for it. I know she’s been in the industry for a some time now, but her energy is still so high; yet, she remains very determined to push herself further.

“Flower of Evil”, co-directed by Darnel Joy Villaflor and Richard Ibasco Arellano, will be broadcast on the Kapamilya channel and all its affiliates from June 25. It is a co-production of Dreamscape Entertainment, Viu International and CJ E&M. INQ


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