“K-Love” is the latest Viu offering that is all about us, yes us K-drama fans! If “Reply 1997” gave us a glimpse of the K-pop fandom, “K-Love” is an homage to K-dramas and its millions of fans all over the world. Before the red carpet screening at the Greenbelt Cinema, the all-star cast and crew talked about what drew them to this project and the inspiration behind the story of “K-Love.”

Meet the ‘K-squad’

Gabby Padilla, Sue Ramirez, Jake Cuenca, Isabelle Daza, and Iza Calzado
Gabby Padilla, Sue Ramirez, Jake Cuenca, Isabelle Daza, and Iza Calzado are the stars of “K-Love.”

If you’re a true-blooded K-drama fan, for sure you wouldn’t mind spending hours watching with a fellow fan or chatting with them about the latest episode or your latest K-drama oppa. That’s exactly how the ‘K-squad’ came together. “K-Love” centers on the stories of five friends – Tish, Jay, Shiela, Val, and Frances. They all lead different lives but are drawn together because of their love for K-drama.

The all-star ‘K-squad’ includes Iza Calzado, Jake Cuenca, Isabelle Daza, Sue Ramirez, and Gabby Padilla. They gave life to characters experiencing various challenges and finding solace in K-dramas and in each other.

For Iza Calzado who plays the role of Tish, “K-Love” is a breath of fresh air from her usual dark roles in Filipino movies and series. “I’m normally cast in some very dark series, roles, or projects so that alone makes this very different. As you saw in the trailer, it’s light and bubbly. It’s feel-good,” says Iza, who faced the media with the glow of a soon-to-be-mom.

Meanwhile, Sue Ramirez, who plays Val, pointed out the difference of working on the “K-Love” set which was described as collaborative. “They gave us the freedom and also they gave us proper instructions on how they wanted us to portray our roles on the show,” says Sue.

Melting pot of creatives

Sam Oh interviews Katherine Visconte, Tweet Sering, Ian Takahashi, and Corinna Vistan — who are all part of the production team of “K-Love” — during the series’ media launch.

“K-Love” also prides itself with an award-winning team behind the scenes. The series is helmed by director Bobby Yan, a seven-time Emmy-award winner. Meanwhile, series creator and Head of Content Development for Viu Philippines Corinna Vistan previously worked at Marvel Studios. “I came home from the US thinking all my friends were going to ask me about my experience working on “Avengers Endgame,” but all they could talk about was their fascination with Korean dramas! I realized that similarly, K-dramas had their own set of hardcore die-hard fans. This world really interested me so I wrote the concept for ‘K-Love.’”

But while “K-Love” is an homage to K-dramas taking cues from the use of colors and contrasts, Hollywood cinematographer Ian Takahashi pointed out the series’ unique aesthetics. “What I really wanted to focus on, instead of focusing on Korean aesthetics and beauty, focus more on Filipino beauty and the Filipino aesthetics. As much as it is rooted in K-dramas, it’s still a Filipino story.”

Even if you’re not a fan of K-dramas, “K-Love” promises to bring ‘real talk’ situations that all viewers can relate to. As executive producer Katherine Visconti puts it, “I hope people see this as a celebration of living life together.”

‘K-Love’ Viu Original Streaming on October 14

Veering away from the long-winded local teleseryes, “K-Love” will have 18 episodes, each running for 30 minutes. The series will premiere on October 14 with brand new episodes every Friday. “K-Love” will be streamed exclusively on Viu and simulcast in 16 markets across Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa.

Myla writes news stories for a living and watches K-dramas for leisure. She enjoys doing both for Hallyudorama.

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