Sherlock Jr.’s full cast: (seated) Mikee Quintos and Serena, or Siri the dog; (standing, L-R) Matt Evans, Yanna Asistio, Sofia Pablo, Kate Valdez, Roi Vinzon, Tonton Gutierrez, Ruru Madrid, director Rechie del Carmen, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Rochelle Barrameda, and Andre Paras. Mikee is the voice talent for Siri. Ruru’s love-team partner in the series, Gabbi Garcia, was unable to make it to the presscon due to illness. Ai-Ai delas Alas, who plays Ruru’s mom, was also not present because of a prior commitment. Janine Gutierrez (below) plays a special cameo role in the series as Sherlock Jr.’s girlfriend, whose untimely and mysterious death sets the ball rolling for the guy’s investigative efforts. But Ruru’s real loveteam partner in this teleserye is his perennial screen partner, Gabbi Garcia (above). Since January 29, GMA Network has been taking its viewers on a fun investigative journey with its newest primetime offering featuring a star-studded cast, Sherlock Jr.
Ruru breathes life to the title role of Sherlock “Jack” Jackson Jr., a clever investigative reporter who never backs out of the task of solving mysteries.
With this project, Ruru can only say thank you to GMA for trusting him enough with a primetime show that has cast him in his first starring role.
“Sobrang thankful po, pero at the same time, kinakabahan,” says the bedimpled actor, whose mentor was no less than multiawarded director Maryo J. delos Reyes, who passed on a week after the Sherlock Jr. press conference.
“Pero feeling ko po, ready naman na ako, kasi never naman po ako nagmadali,” Ruru adds. “’Yon din po kasi ang gusto ng manager ko, si Direk Maryo. Sabi niya sa akin dati pa, ‘Kaya naman kita gawing bida agad o ilagay sa isang project na malaki agad role mo.’ Pero ang gusto niya, pagdaanan ko lahat.
“And totoo naman po, dumaan naman ako sa lahat… literal, kasi po may mga roles ako no’ng araw na ekstra lang, as in dadaan kang ganyan… hanggang sa first layer ka na… ’Yon yong ikaw na ’yong nasa may harap ng camera? Hanggang sa may speaking lines na. Haha!
“Kumbaga, worth the wait naman po. Saka, bukod sa hindi po ako nagmamadali, plano ko rin pong magtagal talaga sa pagarte. Ito na po talaga ang gusto ko, na hanggang pagtanda ko, umaarte ako. Parang sila Tito Eddie Gutierrez. O kaya, kung may chance, gusto ko din pong magdirek in the future.” Ruru says that the character of Sherlock Jr. whom he portrays is not a rip-off of the original Sherlock Holmes, the fictional private detective created by British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “Kumbaga po, e, inspired lang. Parang Robin Hood. Di ba, pag sinabing Robin Hood, vigilante, ganyan, na tumululong sa mahihirap? Pag Sherlock naman, iisipin mo agad, magaling mag-imbestiga.”