'Trese' director says Fil-Am voice actors appreciated keeping their accents for the series

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 11) — The director and showrunner of "Trese" sees no problem with keeping the accents of Filipino-American actors who lent their voices to the latest Netflix comic series.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' New Day that was aired on Friday, "Trese" executive producer and director Jay Oliva said the voice cast for the English version of the series appreciated dubbing in their own accents.

"We had actors driving in from San Francisco, from different areas just to be in it and they kept telling us how wonderful it is for them to be able to do this in their accent and not ever having to hide it, and also to be Filipino as opposed to being...of some other ethnicity that's Asian," Oliva said.

"I think that was when we realized we were on to something special," he added.

Filipino-Canadian actress Shay Mitchell led the English cast by voicing supernatural detective Alexandra Trese. Joining her are other celebrities of Filipino descent: Former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger, "Ratched" actor Jon Jon Briones, "The Good Place" star Manny Jacinto, "Glee" alum Darren Criss, and "Prodigal Son" star Lou Diamond Phillips, among others.

Meanwhile, Liza Soberano led the voice cast for the Filipino version of the series along with Cheska Aguiluz, Eugene Adalia, Steve dela Cruz, and Christian Velarde.

How did the actors go through the dubbing process?

"Tanya Yuson was there to make sure the expressions were right, and that the spells were right," Oliva said. "When we did go heavy on the accents it wasn't too much but it was just right because I told people 'I don't want you to sound like my mom' cause my mom has a very thick [Filipino] accent and I'd say, 'don't do that, just pull that back a bit.'"

Yuson, who serves as executive producer and screenwriter, did not say whether a second season of "Trese" is already in the works. However, she expressed hope about the direction of the comic series.

"What we hope right now is that people will really love the show. And I guess we will see where we're at. We hope for the best," she said.

"Trese" is based on the award-winning black-and-white comic book series by writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo which follows the adventures of Alexandra Trese in dealing with crimes of supernatural origin.

"Trese" is available for streaming on Netflix starting today.