Jake Cuenca is currently being seen in ABS-CBN’s afternoon soap opera Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo and he will soon be seen in the Kapamilya primetime teleserye Kahit Puso’y Masugatan.
In this teleserye directed by Wenn Deramas, he will get the chance to work with Gabby Concepcion, Iza Calzado, and Andi Eigenmann.
During the press conference held yesterday, July 2, for YES! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Stars, Jake said that his character in the primetime project will be totally different from the role in his afternoon soap.
Jake differentiated his roles by saying, “Yung character ko [sa Kahit Puso’y Masugatan], sobrang loyal. Sa Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo, pinag-aagawan ako ng dalawang babae. Magkaiba talaga.”
Jake also revealed that their teleserye will feature how family members get conflicts because of romance. “Dito nila makikita ang mag-ama, nagkakatalo, mga kapatid nagkakatalo. Tatay ko kasi si Gabby [ Concepcion ] sa istorya.”
He described his role by saying, Yung character ko dito, masyadong mabait. Magmula bata siya, family oriented na siya. Masisira ang pamilya ko dahil sa pagmamahal.”
Will he and Gabby be fighting over Iza Calzado in this teleserye? “Parang ganun.”
He then continued. “Si Andi naman mahal na mahal ako pero magkapatid sila ni Iza. Naghiwalay sila noong bata sila, so parang orphan sila. Makikita n’yo ang pursuit of happiness ng bawat character.”
ON LIHIS. Aside from his upcoming teleserye in ABS-CBN, Jake will soon be working on an independent film titled Lihis.
PEP.ph also had a chance to interview Jake during the story conference of Lihis held last July 1 at Max’s restaurant, Scout Tobias, Quezon City .
“It’s my first time to work with Baron. It’s a great idea.
“We both won Best Supporting Actor in Star Awards. I’m really flattered na na-consider ako sa pelikulang ito. I’m very excited.”
Last March, Jake and Baron both tied in the Best Supporting Actor during the 28th Star Awards for Movies. Jake won for for the movie In The Name Of Love while Baron bagged the same award for Asiong Salonga.
What prompted Jake to accept this project?
“Matagal na akong naghahanap ng material. I wasn’t expecting something this good,” he admitted. “Hindi ko inakala na may madadatnan akong ganito kaganda—nandito si Direk Joel Lamangan, si Baron Geisler, si Lovi Poe, si Ms. Gloria Diaz, si Isabelle Daza. This is something na destined.
“Tumawag sa akin si Direk Joel Lamangan with a script by Ricky Lee... It’s something na hindi mo mahihindian as an actor. Kahit gaano kasensitive ‘yan, kahit gaano ka-critical yung istorya, hindi mo mahindian kasi sobrang ganda.”
In Lihis, he portrays a member of the New People's Army. He develops a romantic relationship with his fellow NPA rebel, played by Baron Geisler. However, he ends up marrying Lovi Poe's character although he still has feelings for Baron's character.
Did he have hesitations about accepting this project because it contains intimate scenes with another man?
He admitted: "For me, a kissing scene is not really a kiss. If you ask actors, it's different when you have people watching you. Hindi naman ako kabado dun, okay lang sa akin."
Jake also pointed out that it’s not a big deal for him to portray a homosexual: “I’m very comfortable with my sexuality,” he stressed.
The Kapamilya actor had no qualms about accepting this project because he trusts his co-stars.
“Another reason why I’m doing it is because I’ll be with Baron Geisler, one of the greatest actors in the country. He’s a good friend of mine and may tiwala naman ako sa kanya.”
How daring will he be in this movie? “Let’s see,” he said with a smile. “Dun natin malalaman pag ginawa natin ang pelikula.”
Jake also clarified that even though his character and that of Baron are homosexuals, Lihis is not a gay film.
“This isn’t a sexy film. This is a very serious drama. You’re not going to watch this movie for the skin shown.
“Although maraming daring scenes, maraming kailangan gawin na medyo maseselan ang eksena, but it’s not a sexy film. Definitely, it’s not a gay film.”
How is he preparing for his intimate scenes with Baron?
“We just jump into it. Pag naniniwala ka naman sa ginagawa ng character mo, paninindigan mo ang emosyon ng character mo. It won’t be hard to do the scene. I’m an actor and pinaninindigan ko ang pagiging artista ko.”
The ABS-CBN actor believes that Lihis has a serious message for society in general, especially since it depicts the lives of those who are fighting for their ideologies.
"Sometimes, you have to be doing these kinds of roles kasi feeling ko maraming mata ang mabubuksan pagkatapos ng pelikula na ito at bihira ang ganitong klase ng material.
"Mas malaking challenge na magawa ang role na ito."
ON LOVI POE. This project marks the second time that Jake is paired with Lovi Poe since they previously worked with each other in the sexy drama My Neighbor’s Wife.
In September 2011, Jake brought Lovi as his date to the Star Magic Ball.
Jake stressed that even after doing the movie My Neighbor’s Wife, he and Lovi have continued communicating with each other.
He says about the daughter of Fernando Poe Jr: “We’re very good friends. One of the reasons why I’m excited for this movie is because Lovi Poe is also in it.
“It’s exciting to work with her again. Siyempre, My Neighbor’s Wife is a very good movie and this material [Lihis] is so much more substantial. Mas seryoso ang pelikula na ito.”
Will they ever go beyond their friendship and enter into a relationship?
Jake laughed before answering, “Again, sabi ko naman, for me, she’s a very gorgeous girl, sobrang bait…”
At this point, Baron Geisler suddenly embraced Jake from behind. Jake quipped, “Pero wala nang mas gorgeous pa kay Baron!”
Baron then pouted his lips as if to kiss Jake.
Jake pulled back and exclaimed, "Sa set natin gagawin 'yan!"
In turn, Baron retorted, “I can’t wait!”
After joking around with Baron, Jake continued: “Lovi is an amazing actress and she’s a gorgeous girl.”