Teejay Marquez admits feeling somewhat pressured by his love team with ABS-CBN actor Jerome Ponce in BenXJim, a Boys Love (BL) series.
This is because of Jerome's successful teamup with Yves Flores in the Kapamilya prime-time series A Soldier’s Heart.
Jerome and Yves are now being tagged as PhilJie, which is derived from their characters Phil and Benjie, respectively.
As early as now, netizens following the Kapamilya series have begun comparing Teejay and Jerome’s team-up to PhilJie.
Despite feeling the pressure, Teejay touts that BenXJim has engaging twists and turns that will pull in the viewers.
He says, “May slight pressure po siyempre kasi ang PhilJie, established tandem na po sa A Soldier’s Heart.
“But what I can say po is iyong Jerome and Teejay—#JayRome tandem—will offer a different flavor and kilig na dapat niyong abangan.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interviews Teejay through Facebook Messenger on September 9, 2020.
A production of Regal Films and directed by Easy Ferrer, BenXJim is about two very good friends who end up as lovers.
CHEMISTRY WITH JEROME
About Jerome,Teejay says, “Sobrang gaan katrabaho and very professional."
He adds they have an easy working relationship, a convenience especially when the two are tackling their shared scenes.
“Nag-uusap din po kami kung paano iyong magiging atake namin sa bawat eksena para po natural na lumabas sa amin iyong hinihingi ng bawat scene.
“Advantage din po na this is not Jerome’s first time na gumawa ng ganitong klase ng genre.
“He guided me and ayun nga po, nag-uusap po muna kami bago kami sumalang...Very approachable and humble po si Jerome.”
It has helped too that before their lock-in taping, Teejay and Jerome were asked to rehearse the scripts together via video call.
Teejay relates, “Well, nagkakausap na po kami sa Zoom during script readings and orientations so pagdating po sa set, wala na pong ilangan."
BenXJim marks the first time the two actors are working in one project.
KISSING SCENE WITH JEROME?
On September 8, Teejay posted a tender scene with Jerome from BenXJim with their faces near each other.
Teejay tells PEP.ph, “I must say po, iba pong magpakilig ang isang Jerome Ponce.
“Sobrang hands up po kaya mararamdaman po talaga ng audience iyong kilig na naramdaman ni Ben as my character po.”
Will Teejay have a kissing scene with Jerome?
He answers, “Kissing scenes? Iyan po ang dapat niyong abangan once na na-air na po iyong series. Hahaha!”
How about sexy scenes like going topless?
Teejay teases some more, “Ibinigay naman po namin lahat dito sa series.
"Kung may pa-topless po kami at pa-pandesal, iyan po ang isa sa mga aabangan niyo. Hahahaha!”
But, seriously now, he says, “This project is really an eye-opener to the audience.”
The entire cast and staff of BenXJim were locked in for a two-week taping, which was a whole new experience for Teejay.
He narrates, “Sobrang nanibago ako with the protocols ng shooting.
"All cast and crew ng BenXJim undergo swab test before we officially start the shooting.
“Sa set naman, all the people working behind the camera are wearing protective gears, like masks, and face shields.
“Then, we have this routine na every 30 minutes, we need to wash our hands with soap and sanitize with alcohol.
“We also observe social distancing sa set, and we have a small number of crew members than the usual. We also have separate rooms per actors and crews.”
Through it all, more important to Teejay than anything else is the contribution of doing a BL series to his growth as an actor.
He says, “Happy po ako as an actor na makagawa ng ganitong klase ng genre which is iyong BL nga po.
“I know this project will help me more to improve my craft as an actor."