Zanjoe Marudo couldn't help but laugh when he was interviewed about working with Sue Ramirez on The Broken Marriage Vow, the Philippine adaptation of Doctor Foster (the South Korean version of which was the wildly popular A World Of Married Couple). Zanjoe plays David Ilustre, the husband of Dra. Jill Ilustre (Jodi Sta. Maria), while Sue plays the role of the mistress, Lexy Lucero.
In the interview, Zanjoe revealed that he told Sue to stop calling him "Kuya Z" while doing a pictorial for the drama. LOL.
"Nag-pictorial na kami, nag-ganito kami, sabi ko, 'Hoy. Tigilan mo na yung pagtawag mo sa 'kin ng Kuya Z.' 'O, sige, kuya! Ay!' sabi niya, ganoon. 'Sige.' Simula noon, after noon, 'Z' na lang yung tawag niya sa 'kin, wala nang 'Kuya' kasi 'May love story tayo dito. Kumbaga, magiging mag-asawa tayo. Kung tatawagin mo 'kong 'Kuya' off-screen, nakakailang naman siguro.'"
On a more serious note, Zanjoe shared just how happy he is that Sue was chosen for the role, something he had also suggested to the producers when the sexy role of Lexy was not yet filled.
"Ang nabanggit ko yata, parang bagay kay Sue, parang ganoon. Nakalimutan ko na, matagal na. Tapos nung sinabi sa amin na si Sue nga yung gaganap, na-excite ako kasi yung naisip kong bagay doon sa role, sa kanya napunta."
"Nakakatuwa kasi ang galing ni Sue, e. Kahit anong ibigay mong character, kahit anong role, parang nagagawa niya talaga, e, kung ano yung hinihingi."
In a separate interview with Sue, she revealed just how big of a crush she has on Zanjoe.
"Sabi ko sa 'yo, 'pag cinall out mo sa universe, anong sabi ko? Sabi ko magkakatrabaho kami niyan in the future. Magkakatrabaho kami. Eto na!"
When the cast got together to do a table reading (which as of this writing already has 1.9 million views on Facebook), Zanjoe shared just how excited he was because he could feel they were already connecting well with their individual characters.
"Nakaka-excite dahil noong table reading pa lang namin, parang doon pa lang, binabasa pa lang mga lines namin, naaapektuhan na yung mga characters. Kumbaga nagre-react na kami, nagre-react na yung mga kasamahan ko habang binabasa pa lang namin mga linya. So what more kung may blocking na, may location na, ginagawa na namin talaga with [the] right emotions."
Watch the script reading of The Broken Marriage Vow here: