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Joshua Garcia Is Patrick "PatPat" Gonzales in "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" PH

During the IOTNBO PH project announcement, Joshua said, "Sana mabigyan ko ng justice 'yung role ko"

Joshua Garcia in It's Okay to Not Be Okay Philippine adaptation
Joshua Garcia is Patrick "PatPat" Gonzales in It's Okay to Not Be Okay Philippine adaptation | Photo from Star Creatives


Joshua Garcia's latest project is the Philippine adaptation of the hit South Korean series It's Okay to Not Be Okay (IOTNBO). After taking a teleserye break for half a year since Unbreak My Heart concluded in November last year, Joshua will soon be back to the grind. 


"I'm really happy, excited and, of course, kinakabahan ako," Joshua opened up during ABS-CBN and Star Creatives' project announcement for It's Okay to Not Be Okay PH. The project announcement was graced by cast members Carlo Aquino (as Matthew "MatMat" Gonzales), Joshua Garcia (as Patrick "PatPat" Gonzales), and of course, Anne Curtis-Smith (as Emilia "Mia" Hernandez). Also sharing the stage with them were director Mae Cruz-Alviar and creative producer Henry King Quitain.


Anne Curtis-Smith, Joshua Garcia, and Carlo Aquino in It's Okay to Not Be Okay Philippine adaptation
Carlo Aquino (as Matthew "MatMat" Gonzales), Anne Curtis-Smith (as Emilia "Mia" Hernandez), and Joshua Garcia (as Patrick "PatPat" Gonzales) | Photo from Star Creatives


An award-winning actor, Joshua's recent awards include Best Drama Actor for Darna at the 2023 Golden Laurel Awards and Best Actor at the 4th Annual TAG Awards Chicago for Unbreak My Heart.


As described by director Mae Cruz-Alviar, who's directing IOTNBO PH, Joshua is an excellent actor, and she believes he will give justice to his role. But with a huge project like this and with him portraying the character that Kim Soo Hyun, one of the top and highest paid Korean actors, played, it's only natural for Joshua to feel pressured. 


"Nandu'n 'yung pressure pero sa ngayon nagfo-focus na lang ako du'n sa role ko, na sana mabigyan ko ng justice 'yung role ko," Joshua shared. "Kasi mas maikukuwento namin 'yung kabuuan ng istorya kasi mas mahaba rin 'yung atin. Focus muna ako sa pag-prepare ko sa role."


IOTNBO creative producer Henry King Quitain, Carlo Aquino, Ms. Cory Vidanes, Anne Curtis-Smith, director Mae Cruz-Alviar, Joshua Garcia, and Ms. Des De Guzman
IOTNBO creative producer Henry King Quitain, Carlo Aquino, Ms. Cory Vidanes, Anne Curtis-Smith, director Mae Cruz-Alviar, Joshua Garcia, and Ms. Des De Guzman | Photo from Star Creatives


In episode 1 of the K-drama It's Okay to Not Be Okay, Kim Soo Hyun's character has a scene in a locker room where he's seen topless. Event host Bianca Gonzalez-Intal asked Joshua if he will also show some abs in the Philippine adaptation. He shared, "Nu'ng nag-team building kami, sabi ko kina Direk Mae, hindi ko pa napanood. Napanood ko 'yung episode 1. Episode 1 pa lang, may abs na! Pinatay ko agad 'yung TV. Nag-workout na lang ako. 'Yun na lang 'yung preparation ko." 


Kidding aside, Joshua said, "I think mas malaki 'yung importansya na mas emotionally prepared kami kasi iba rin 'yung ita-tackle naming istorya e. Medyo sensitive siya."



South Korean series It's Okay to Not Be Okay starred Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji. A rom-com drama, its story focuses on a popular children's book author with an antisocial personality disorder (Seo Ye Ji as Ko Mun Young - to be played by Anne) and an orphaned caregiver who works at a psychiatric hospital (Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Gang Tae - to be played by Joshua) and has a brother with autism spectrum disorder (Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae - to be played by Carlo). A well-loved series, it also trains a spotlight on mental health awareness. 


It's Okay to Not Be Okay PH will be available on Netflix.


Lead photos from @garciajoshuaetvN, and Star Creatives