I honestly, honestly believe OTWOL is THE teleserye game-changer of all time. It has now set the bar up for the next teleseryes to follow and it will make it difficult for the next ones to measure up. Even OTWOL itself will have to make extra efforts to sustain this level of commitment to storyline, pace, character development and innovation.
I love both James and Nadine. They have both really come a long way. James, especially, from the rather stereotypical roles in his movies, begins to outdo himself in this one. It looks to me like he is discovering his own layers not only as an artist but as a person and we are all privy. I think, James is laying everything out on the line and has long allowed emotion and his Clark persona to take him where it will, throwing caution to the wind.
Nadine, on the other hand, has journeyed from the more comfortable comical, self-effacing but surviving roles to this role of Leah who is more conflicted, more vulnerable, more emotional. Nadine should never think she is weak in the drama side because she's got what it takes. She should just let the depth of feeling take over, throw caution to the wind instead of trying to overthink. This is especially evident in scenes where she looks like she is already thinking of the next lines instead of being "in the moment" ; in the more tender scenes where she can be "felt" anticipating a kiss.
In the scene, for example, where Leah and Clark are head-to-head, she delivers her lines with some evidence of discomfort from her body language, her restless feet. Also, during many of the kiss scenes, she does nothing with her hands, like having it on Clark's face or hair, and this passivity just serves to highlight her cerebral anticipation of the kiss. Some of the strongest facial expressions associated with the emotional kiss is the involuntary slight parting of the lips, a slightly furrowed brow, and a lingering towards the end. The thought-out kiss, on the other hand, has too much or too little lip-parting, a largely expressionless face, and feels just a bit rushed to end.