She'll be turning 30 in less than a month and she's still quite the catch. Bea Alonzo is without a doubt an onscreen beauty and seasoned dramatic actress. Known for her strong characters who love deeply, Bea exhibits a depth and maturity in her roles beyond her years. She pulls off roles with (way) older onscreen romantic partners quite effortlessly. While at it, she still manages to throw in a bit of naivete and wonder depending on her role.
But what do younger women like Bea's characters look for particularly in men with a headstart on the timeline? "I think women look for maturity, stability, and consistency in older men. What attracted me the most when I was dating my husband was that he was sure of himself. He knew what he wanted in his life, and he wasn't dependent on an allowance," says an anonymous housewife whose husband is eight years older. "Unlike younger guys who just got out of college, I didn't have to go through the confusion of him 'finding himself.'" A widow tells us almost the same reason with regards to meeting her departed hubby, who was 12 years older, "Confidence and stature are some marks of the more mature, older man. My husband was a passionate and cultured gentleman and had achieved exceptional rank in his field of choice, had gained the respect and admiration of his peers. On our first date, after dinner at Solana, a lovely restaurant in old Manila, he took me to the British Council to watch a David Attenborough documentary on our Planet Earth. The day after, he sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers to my office that took up half my desk."
For Bea in her 20s herself, she has already acted alongside these following older gentlemen with genuine charm and convincing character. What's interesting to note is in all of these roles she happens to be the third party.
In The Love Affair (2015), for instance, Bea is paired with Richard Gomez who is Vince, he was cheated on by his wife and Bea's character Adrianne was cheated on by her boyfriend. The situation somewhat mirrors A Love To Last's initial plot but instead plays the double infidelity card and without any children involved. From the screen test of the leading characters alone, you could tell that audiences would be reeled in by the intense plot between these characters.
Bea's character, Adrianne, and Richard's character Vince find comfort in one another but Adrianne isn't 100% sure if Vince is going to throw in the towel when it comes to his marriage to Dawn Zulueta's character, Trisha. The gentle interest of a man several years Bea's senior in the film makes for some heartwarming and fiery moments on camera.
On primetime TV, just in the last year, the sweet telenovela soap A Love To Last (2016) brought in more kilig moments for evening viewers. Many millennials, since Pangako Sa 'Yo's remake, were all too nostalgic with the comeback of 80s-90s screen hottie Ian Veneracion. Ian's good looks, of course, only seem to improve with the passing years. In A Love To Last the unexpected yet welcome chemistry of Bea and Ian, even just from the trailer alone had viewers glued to their screens.
In the storyline, Ian as eligible bachelor Anton and Bea as ambitious career girl Andeng are both navigating the waves of heartbreak as best as they can when they find each other. Bea's character is strong yet vulnerable at the same time, being more a probinsyana than the affluent Anton who has three children. Anton is smitten by Andeng the first time he sees her, but makes little of it until Andeng re-appears as an employee in his company. Bea and Ian's chemistry make this series a success. The cross between a hard-working, happy-go-lucky, and conservative career girl and an affluent established family man in a bossman role who are both heartbroken make the story a delight to follow.
For Bea's unusual role in The Mistress (2012), she finds herself caught in a unique love triangle. Bea as Sari is torn between two men—a young confident bachelor JD played by John Lloyd Cruz, eager to win her for himself, and an old but endearing married man Rico Torres to whom she has been mistress for several years. Ronaldo Valdez' role as Rico Torres brings the added confusion to Sari's character. Should she sever the wrong she's been caught up in for so long for a new love that can set her free? Or should she remain loyal to a love that came first?
During the making of The Mistress, Bea was initially uncomfortable with the kissing and love scenes required of her with older actor Ronaldo Valdez. Bea recalls "Sabi ko natatakot ako pero sabi ko gusto ko at tingin ko ready na ako. Sa sobrang excitement ko, story pa lang kinukwento ko na sa nanay ko, sa mga kaibigan ko. Tapos nung look test, doon lang nag-sink in sa akin na, 'Oh my gosh ang laki pala ng hinihingi ng character.' Kapag nandun ka na sa eksena ang hirap pala niya,” - (source) In the end Ronaldo Valdez himself spoke with her to reassure her of his professionalism "Magiging komportable ako sayo ah. Please be comfortable with me."- (source) the veteran actor gently said to her.
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