Piolo Pascual says working with kids in Hawak Kamay is refreshing because there’s no love angle in the story.
In this ABS-CBN teleserye, Piolo is cast as Gin, who will try to prove that he can be a guardian of three orphaned kids (played by Zaijian Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat, and Yesha Camile).
Playing a father role is not a problem, said Piolo during the press conference of Hawak Kamay last Friday, July 18.
“What prepared me is the fact that I’m already a father,” referring to his real-life experience as a father to 17-year-old son, Iñigo.
“It’s quite easy because I also grew up with so many pamangkins.
“Siguro the only challenge there was to play the guitar.
“I don’t know how to play the guitar.
“I had to play the guitar and sing at the same time.
“Mahirap din pong gumanap na lasing ka kahit hindi ka nakainom kaya doon po ang challenge.
“Pero it’s fun! Masaya po siya kasi wala namang sabugan dito, wala namang patayan.
“Realistic po ang mga situations, totoo po ang mga nangyayari.”
Since they’re dealing with kids, who are under strict labor rules, Piolo said the only challenge for him was to wake up early.
Other than that, the actor said everything is fine on their set.
He recalled, “When I worked with Zaijian and Xyriel in 24/7 in Love, where I played an MR [mental retard], I saw how contagious it is to be around kids and how to act like them.”
Work takes on a different meaning when one is surrounded with kids, according to Piolo.
“Parang feeling ko pwede mo namang i-treat ang trabaho as laro just as long as you know your boundaries.
“Doon ko na-mirror ang sarili ko sa mga bata.
“Siyempre, bata pa lang nakikita ko na nagtratrabaho ka na, pero nakikita ko na mahal nila ang trabaho nila.
“They are committed, they deliver, so I try to look at my work in the eyes of a kid para mas ma-appreciate ko ang mga ginagawa ko.
“It’s easier for me to level with them kaya mas nag-e-enjoy po ako.”
Since the series will already begin airing on the primetime block this Monday, July 21, Piolo said that he might not be able to work on other projects, especially a movie.
“Right now, kapag every day nag-airing na kami, I don’t think I’d be able to devote time kung pagsasabayin ko.”
Aside from Piolo and the kids, other cast members include Iza Calzado, Nikki Gil, Ryan Bang, Victor Neri, Axel Torres, and Sofia Andres.
This family drama is directed by Rechie del Carmen, Mae Cruz, and Jerry Sineneng.