Max Collins lands role in Hollywood series ‘Almost Paradise’

Filipino actress Max Collins will join the cast of Hollywood TV show “Almost Paradise” for its second season, starring opposite lead actor Christian Kane. (Photo: Max Collins/Instagram)
Filipino actress Max Collins will join the cast of Hollywood TV show “Almost Paradise” for its second season, starring opposite lead actor Christian Kane. (Photo: Max Collins/Instagram)

Filipina actress Max Collins is set to star in the second season of Filipino-American television show “Almost Paradise.”

Collins took to Instagram on Thursday (Sept 29) to announce the good news, featuring a photo of her with the show’s lead actor, American Christian Kane.

“Secret’s out! I’m part of Almost Paradise season 2! Can’t wait for you all to watch it,” wrote the actress.

“So lucky I get to work with this action star,” she added.

Kane commented on the post, saying: “We are all happy to have you. You Rocked it!! More to come!”

The lead star also shared the same photo on his own Instagram account to formally welcome Collins in the TV series, likening their tandem to “beauty and the beast!”

“[It was] so much fun for us to work with her. And… I know I look sweaty and disheveled (beast), but in my defense, right before the picture was taken I did spend over an hour fighting two guys in 114-degree heat. She’ll back me up on this. Welcome Max,” Kane said.

“Almost Paradise” is known as the first American TV series to be set entirely in the Philippines.

The show chronicles the journey of Alex Walker (played by Kane), a former agent of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, who settled in Cebu, Philippines to manage a gift shop in the island following his early retirement. Criminality forces the character to return to his old work.

Well-known Filipino actors had previously been part of the show’s first season, such as Nonie Buencamino, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Lotlot de Leon, Raymond Bagatsing, Ces Quesada, Ryan Eigenmann, Ketchup Eusebio, Richard Yap, Elijah Canlas, Zaijan Jaranilla, and AC Bonifacio.

Filipino-American director Dean Devlin serves as the show’s co-producer. Devlin was involved in the making of American blockbuster films “Godzilla,” “Independence Day,” and “Stargate” as part of his collaboration with German filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Roland Emmerich.

Since its debut in 2020, the TV series has received an average audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The trailer for the second season has yet to be released.

Lé Baltar is a Manila-based freelance journalist, covering entertainment and lifestyle stories for Yahoo Philippines. Follow them on Twitter @baltarle for latest news and updates. The views expressed are their own.

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