Yam Concepcion admitted feeling awkward around leading man Gerald Anderson.
In particular, the Kapamilya actress revealed that there was “ilangan” when they first taped their intimate and daring scenes for their upcoming ABS-CBN teleserye, Init Sa Magdamag.
On March 24, 2021, Star Creatives uploaded a scene where Gerald’s character Tupe was seen trying to seduce Yam’s character Rita, who was his roommate.
Tupe, who was complaining about the heat in their room, suddenly took off his pants, stripping down to his white boxer briefs.
Tupe then teased Rita: "Mas gusto mo bang nakahubad?"
Another trailer for Init Sa Magdamag called “digital trailer uncensored” was released yesterday, April 5, 2021. The clip showed the characters of Gerald and Yam getting intimate and making love by the waterfalls.
During the press conference of Init Sa Magdamag on April 5, 2021, Yam revealed that it was awkward to shoot these scenes with Gerald since they were not that close at the time.
These scenes were taped during the first cycle of the show’s bubble taping in October 2020.
Yam said, “Hindi pa kami ganoon ka-close. Nandoon pa iyong ilangan.
“Kinailangan namin na magkaroon ng thirty minutes with each other to get to know each other. May ganoon kami, kasi nakita nila na naiilang kami sa isa’t isa.”
Yam was referring to their director Raymund Ocampo, who helms the series with Ian Lorenos.
After getting to know each other, Yam and Gerald became more at ease with each other on cam.
Yam continued, “Eventually, naging natural na lang iyong chemistry naming dalawa and we got comfortable with each other.
“Nakuha namin iyong trust ng isa’t isa. Kasi hindi naman iyan biglaan, hindi naman iyan isang araw lang, you trust the person already.
“It takes a while to trust even your directors, even your co-actors.”
“MAG-INGAT KA KAY GERALD”
Yam said that she is also aware of the reception of netizens on the first Init Sa Magdamag scene drop.
Most comments were telling Yam, “Mag-ingat ka kay Gerald,” as a joke, alleging that Gerald has a tendency to fall for his leading lady.
Last March, Gerald admitted his rumored relationship with Julia Barretto, who was his leading lady in the 2019 film Between Maybes.
Yam said in jest, “Nababasa ko iyong mga comments. Nakakatawa at nakakatuwa na makita iyong reaction nila.
“Nakakatawa kasi sabi ng mga netizens, ‘Oh, Yam, mag-i-ingat ka kay Gerald, ha!’
“Iyon iyong mga nababasa ko.”
However, Yam only saw Gerald's professionalism.
“Honestly, hindi ko naman kailangan mag-ingat. Siyempre, nakikita nila sa TV, sinasabi nila, ‘Naku, matinik sa babae iyan! Hindi loyal.’
“Hindi, e. Kapag katrabaho mo si Gerald, he’s very professional at saka very gentleman. Hindi niya pinaramdam sa akin na may mali siya.
“It’s just purely work. Despite being purely work, naparamdam niya sa akin iyong emosyon na totoo. I still felt his honesty bilang si Tupe, iyong character niya.”
Init Sa Magdamag is set to premiere on April 19, 2021 on the Primetime Bida block of ABS-CBN, which airs on different broadcast platforms.
The series is also top-billed by JM de Guzman, who plays the other leading man of Yam.
Yam was last seen with Kim Chiu and Xian Lim in the afternoon series Love Thy Woman, which ended in September 2020.