Alden Richards leaves 'boy next door' image for onscreen chemistry with Marian Rivera

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Alden turns 21, preps up for more mature roles starting with "Carmela" alongside Marian Rivera


Alden Richards, 21 years old, is trying his best to make his team up with Kapuso female lead Marian Rivera, 29, exude magic. In fact, his wish for his birthday is to ooze out a romantic chemistry between him and his leading lady in the new GMA 7 soap "Carmela." 

For the Cosmo cover boy, steps to ensure a strong romantic association between him and Rivera would begin by not calling her new onscreen partner "ate". "Although, nasanay ako na tinatawag ko siya na 'ate' pero we dicussed na mas magiging komportable kami if I don't call her that," Alden shared to the media during his birthday celebration at the Holy Trinity Home for Children in Quezon City last January 13. "For me and Yan, there shouldn't be restraints, no more inhibitions," he added. 

Alden also said that he is prepping up for his love scenes with Marian Rivera in the mentioned series, his first for his entire showbiz career. "After Cosmo, I felt that I should move from the 'Boy Next Door' image to being a leading man. Bawas na sa pa-tweetums," declares Alden who is also on the process of growing facial hairs to make himself more mature to fit the role's requirements. 




He also revealed that he has received numerous negative comments from Dongyans, fans of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, but Alden says that is part of the process. The young actor is also confident that he will get Dingdong's pleasant reaction towards his pending intimate scenes with Marian. "Siya (Dingdong) pa nga nag suggest sa akin dati na dapat magka-project kami ni Yan. Now, it's finally happening and I'm sure he is in full support. Ginagawa din naman niya sa ibang projects niya ang mga love scenes so that should not be a big deal if gagawin namin ni Yan." 

"Carmela" will premiere on primetime on January 27 which is set to compete with Angel Locsin's new soap on ABS-CBN, "The Legal Wife". "Di naman po natin maaalis ang competition. Andyan lang yan but I know our show stands a good chance." With the two young stars in this series are Agot Isidro, Raymond Bagatsing, Rochelle Pangilinan, Jennica Garcia, Laurice Guillen and Freddie Webb. 

Meanwhile, during his late birthday celebration, Alden helped feed 38 kids at a children's institution. The actor's real birthday is January 3. This has been the second year for him to hold an outreach activity at the Holy Trinity Home for Children for his Birthday. 

As for love, Alden revealed that he is not ready to commit yet to another relationship after parting ways with his ex-girlfriend 3 years ago. For a subdued inspiration, he shares that aside from being his family's breadwinner, he keeps this little crush for Anne Curtis. 


Alden spent a belated birthday celebration at the Holy Trinity Home for the Children in QC 


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