The photos of Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara locked in embrace while sleeping surely got their fans “kilig.”
On December 26, 2020, JC posted outtakes of their hugging photo on his official Facebook page as teasers to their movie Hello, Stranger: The Movie.
Hello, Stranger is JC and Tony’s successful Boys Love (BL) series that was shown on Black Sheep’s YouTube channel in May 2020. A movie sequel will be shown this 2021.
Black Sheep, the producer of the series and movie, is a film outfit under ABS-CBN Films.
JC’s post currently has 28K reactions, mostly with “heart” emoticon from the fans of the Xavier-Mico love team, Tony and JC's respective characters in Hello, Stranger.
The fans call themselves XavMi and JC-Tonics.
In his PEPLive interview on January 7, 2021, JC was asked about the story behind his photos with Tony.
JC narrated, “Nakatulog kami no’n. Sobrang pagod na kasi kami, e, kailangan namin i-ano iyong chemistry.
“Kumbaga nasa scene kasi kami no’n, pagod na pagod kami and hindi namin in-expect na gano’n na pala, and piniktyuran kami.”
JC said it was Dwein Baltazar, their director, who took the photo and uploaded it on social media.
JC recalled, “Nagulat kami ni Tony na hala, in-upload pala ni Direk Dwein iyong picture namin.
“Ni-retweet ko rin para sa mga fans na rin namin na maging masaya sila kasi sobrang inaabangan na kami ng mga XavMi at JC-Tonics.
“Feeling ko tuwang-tuwa sila, mga delulu fans namin! Mga makakalat kong fans! Hahaha!”
JC's FRIENDSHIP WITH TONY
It was in November 2020 when the whole cast and crew of Hello, Stranger were locked in for the shooting of the series.
Thrown in together for days during the shoot, JC and Tony became buddies and partners in crime.
JC told PEP.ph, “Hindi ko siya ine-expect kasi dati, sa series namin, hindi kami sobrang close. Kumbaga, nag-uusap lang kami pag may work kami.
“Pero ngayon, as in sobrang close na kami, kumbaga best friend in crime, may nabuong friendship sa amin, sa lahat ng cast.
“Kasi sobrang friendly ko rin and kaming dalawa lang ni Tony iyong magkasundo lang sa set.
“Kasi, di ba, love team kami? Kailangan naming mag-usap, magkuwentuhan, getting to know each other.
“Kaya mas naging close kami ni Tony nang pumasok kami sa Hello, Stranger: The Movie.”
Hello, Stranger: The Movie also features newcomers Vivoree Esclito, Patrick Quiroz, Gillian Vicencio, Jin Macapagal, and Migs Almendras.
Watch JC's PEPLive interview here: