MANILA — K-pop star Nancy McDonie is all set for her Philippine drama debut via ABS-CBN’s “Soulmate Project” with James Reid.
McDonie, best known to Filipinos as part of the girl group MOMOLAND, revealed that filming of the series is scheduled to start in February.
Antoinette Jadaone (“Alone/Together,” “Never Not Love You”) is reuniting with Reid and Dreamscape Entertainment (“On the Wings of Love,” “Till I Met You”) as writer and director of this new project.
McDonie shared updates about “Soulmate Project” over the weekend, on the sidelines of a cleanup drive for Manila Bay as part of an upcoming reality TV series in South Korea.
“I started doing workshops [when I was last in Manila]. Now, there are workshops planned with James in the future,” McDonie told ABS-CBN News’ MJ Felipe.
The series, she confirmed, will be partly set in the Philippines as well as her home country, saying: “I’m going to stay here for a while. It’s planned in Korea, too.”
Asked what details she can share about the story, McDonie quipped, “It’s a secret!”
“I can’t tell you much, but I can tell you that my character is Korean-American who lives in the Philippines,” she said.
Jadaone was similarly tight-lipped on the subject in a previous interview, but did divulge that “Soulmate Project,” in terms of format, will be more comparable to K-drama or Western TV series.
Unlike the traditional teleserye, it is set for a 13-episode run and will be “canned.” That means the entire series will have been done filming by the time it premieres.
“Soulmate Project” was among the titles confirmed for a release this year, as seen in ABS-CBN’s “Sama-Sama Tayo sa 2020” trailer released early this month.
McDonie is aware of the excitement surrounding her acting debut. Asked for her message to her Filipino fans, she said: “I actually saw a lot of comments and people really are happy about this, so I’m really happy for you guys, too.”