A love team these days is usually born on the small screen. A tandem’s chemistry and mass appeal are tested on free television, most of the time in a sitcom or soap opera. If the pair clicks, then it is deemed worthy of crossing over to the mainstream movie scene where production expenses are higher and commercial viability is way important. The reverse, however, happened to the JoshLia team-up of Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto as they have been paired up in movies since 2016. After starring in four films together, they are headlining a primetime soap opera this month, at long last.
The teleserye, which premieres on August 20, validates JoshLia’s rightful place among the country’s top love teams which include KathNiel, JaDine, LizQuen, and AlDub. Julia, however, clarifies, “We didn’t make it a priority na kailangan makahilera namin ‘yung ibang love teams. Parang it wasn’t our goal. We both love what we do so much so we just work hard and I think our priority is just to be able to deliver and perform well. And whatever the reaction nalang of the audience… God is good. God is so good.”
Joshua adds, “Kumbaga focused lang kami sa work namin tapos hayaan na naming mag-flow nang maganda ‘yung mga nangyayari.” In the movies, they were Vince and Kath in 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Vince & Kath & James, Caloy and Mika in Love You to the Stars and Back (September 2017), Jason and Yanni in Unexpectedly Yours (November 2017), and Joko and Zoey in I Love You, Hater (July 2018). Meanwhile, they were John and Aiki in their lone TV project—a Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode in February 2017. For their soap, Joshua is Innocencio “Inno” Cortes while Julia is Eva Mapendo.
Joshua and Julia say there is more to the love story of Inno and Eva, apart from their differences in social status, with Inno being wealthy and Eva struggling with finances. “I bring the lighter feel of the show because my family and Eva are just very positive people. We’re so full of light and love and there’s just so much positivity in our community. Eva is the type who will do everything for her family. Despite the unfortunate situations sa life niya, Eva remains to be very positive. And she’s a fighter, very headstrong, and she knows what she wants. So, nobody can mess with Eva,” Julia claims.
“‘Yun ‘yung maganda, parehas kaming strong personality,” notes Joshua. “So kapag nag-away kami, talagang bangayan pero English ako, Tagalog siya. Si Inno may strong personality pero sa loob, weak din siya. Sobrang soft niya kasi gusto niya ng atensyon ng nanay niya.” The 20-year-old Pinoy Big Brother alum also describes the Inno and Eva story as “parang Romeo at Juliet.” Julia, 21, explains, “Kasi maraming hahadlang. Para kaming forbidden love but how far are we gonna go to fight for the love we have for each other?”