“Siguro kung single kaming dalawa, made-develop… yung mga pictures,” Richard Yap quipped about the possibility of him falling for his leading lady Jodi Sta. Maria.
Members of the press had the chance to talk with the cast members of Be Careful with My Heart during the "Happy Ever After" farewell press conference last September 25 at 55 Events Place. ABS-CBN's daytime teleserye is slated to air its finale episode on November 28, two and a half years since it started airing in July 2012.
On a serious note, he added: “I don’t know, mahirap sabihin kasi si Jodi naman hindi mahirap mahalin. She’s a very lovable person, she’s funny, hindi namin muna inisip yun kasi we treat each other as friends din, yun."
The actor best known as Sir Chief said with a laugh: “Tsaka sabi niya matanda na raw ako para sa kanya.”
On the other hand, Jodi Sta. Maria made it clear that “if only” they are both single, then the possibility of her falling for her onscreen partner is rather high.
“Kung wala, ano, bakit naman hindi, di ba?”
She then proceeds to describe Richard’s good qualities, “Oh, gwapo, matalino, marunong sa buhay, mabango. Yun, so bakit naman hindi, di ba?”
But she stressed the use of “kung” or “if only” to avoid misunderstanding. Jodi is currently in a relationship with Jolo Revilla who recently escorted her during the premiere of her latest movie Maria Leonora Teresa.
NO ENVY. Richard explains that his wife, Melody Yap, never felt any jealous feelings towards Jodi Sta. Maria.
“Wala talaga. Never, wala talaga.”
“Hindi naman [siya nagtatampo,] kasi parati naman kami naguusap. Kahit andito ako sa set, nagtatawagan kami, or nagtetext kami.
“Wala namang problema sa kanya kasi alam naman niyang trabaho 'to, e. Siyempre kung wala ka namang ginagawa [na masama] siyempre walang guilt feelings.
“She’s very understanding kasi alam naman niya kung ano yung pinasok namin. She’s a number one fan also [of the Maya-Sir Chief love team,]” revealed the 47-year-old actor.
He also added that his wife would sometimes “direct” him, even going as far to saying “O, ayusin mo ah. Tapos sweet ka ah. Hawakan mo siya. Kiss mo para kiligin yung mga tao.”
Also, to make up for the time he wasn’t able to go home early or had to get out of the house before dawn for tapings, Richard is planning to spend quality time with his family this Christmas.
“Next year, well, siguro December. Para makasama, maka-bonding ko naman yung mga bata, yung wife and kids ko. Pero after that, siguro pag bakasyon na nila ulit.”
ON BE CAREFUL WITH MY HEART. Now that the daytime teleserye is slated to end its two-year-run, Sir Chief admits feeling emotional.
“Of course siyempre, there’s a little bit of sadness na matatapos, siyempre it gave a lot of opportunities, not only to me pero sa lahat ng katrabaho namin.
“At least nabigyan sila ng trabaho, yung mga crew, for two years straight may mga trabaho sila. Siyempre we think about them.
“But all good things come to an end nga so we’re just looking at it with positivity.”
Richard also noted the changes in his life for the last two years.
“Mas grabe yung workload ko, well, dumami rin siyempre yung exposure ko sa mga viewers, sa mga endorsements, it opened up new doors to my singing career.
“Marami talagang nagbago sa akin, I don’t have as much privacy as I did before. Pero I think it’s all good, it’s all positive naman.”
Will he cry when they have their last taping day?
“Malay mo, e, nung nagumpisa 'to naiiyak na ako, e,” the actor admitted.
ON PRAYBEYT BENJAMIN 2. Richard Yap is set to star with Vice Ganda for the second installment of comedy film Praybeyt Benjamin. The actor reveals that they will start shooting for the Metro Manila Film Festival entry next week.
When asked if he will be Vice Ganda’s leading man, the actor responds by saying, “Hindi naman siguro love interest, siguro meron unting ganung angle.
“Hindi ko pa talaga alam yung story kasi wala pa sa amin yung buong script.
“But I think it’s a continuation of Praybeyt Benjamin 1 pero parang ito yung future so we will have to wait for the movie.”
FUTURE PLANS. The actor is eager to expand his horizons when it comes to acting, even saying that he’s willing to do dark roles if the Kapamilya Network allows him.
“Basta maganda lang yung storya, pero siyempre gusto ko gumawa ng iba naman para lang wag ma-stuck up sa ganitong role.
“Pwede ring may konting action, may konting comedy or something. Hindi naman all out [action,] parang yung mga kay Liam Neeson.”
The businessman-turned-actor is also ready to switch from bida to kontrabida. “Ok lang din, why not? Basta it’s a good role,” he stressed.