Yen Santos becomes involved in a May-December love affair in ABS-CBN’s upcoming afternoon teleserye All of Me.
The 22-year-old actress shot several love scenes with Albert Martinez, prompting some viewers to tag their tandem as "AlYen."
JM de Guzman, who is staging a major comeback on television, will also be Yen's loveteam partner in this show.
During the advanced screening of All of Me’s pilot week last Monday, August 24, Yen opened up about the intimate scenes that she shot with Albert.
Their love scene caught the attention of viewers and caused them to shriek in delight while watching.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press, Yen admitted how happy she is to see the feedback to her love scene with Albert, whom she calls Tito A.
“Siyempre, masaya kasi nagustuhan ng tao, hindi sila nag-react na parang pilit.
“Nagustuhan po nila, lumabas po siya ng natural kaya nagbunga po talaga yung pinaghirapan din po namin ni Tito A yun.”
She also said that she did not feel any tension while shooting the scene because she had already overcome her nervousness during their workshop.
“Hindi po, kasi pagdating sa set, wala na pong kaba, e.
“Parang mas inisip ko na po na kailangan mapaganda yung eksena more than na kabahan ako.
“Na-overcome ko na po yun noong unang-una pa lang, noong workshop pa lang.”
JM de Guzman, Yen Santos, and Albert Martinez
Yen said there was no awkwardness between her and Albert when they shot their love scenes.
She even proudly revealed that it took them just one take to complete their intimate scenes.
“Wala po. Noong ti-nake [take] namin yun, sinabi ni Direk [Dondon Santos, director of All of Me] na okay na.
“Wala po na kahit na ano. And one take lang po talaga yun lahat.”
In All of Me, Yen plays the role of Lena, the girl who falls in love with 50-year-old Manuel (Albert), a rich doctor who isolated himself on an island after the death of his first wife.
However, their love story is immediately cut short when a hired killer (Jordan Herrera) tried to kill Manuel on the night of their honeymoon.
Manuel escapes death after stumbling upon a magic portal. He returns seven years after the incident as a younger version of himself, which will be played by JM.
WORKING WITH ALBERT. Yen is pleased to see that in All Of Me, her name comes next to Albert in the billing.
“Iba po pala talaga sa pakiramdam na ‘pag napanood mo yung sarili mo na sumusunod yung name mo kay Albert Martinez, and yun nga po, leading lady.
“Medyo hindi pa po nagsi-sink in [sa akin] pero masarap po talaga siya sa pakiramdam, nakakataba ng puso.”
Yen admitted that she initially felt intimidated by Albert.
“Noong una talaga, na-intimidate ako sa kanya dahil siyempre, veteran actor na po si Tito A.
“So, kailangan ko po siyang masabayan [sa acting].”
The Kapamilya actress then praised Albert, who is 32 years her senior.
“Ay, grabe, sobrang bait na tao, sobrang down-to-earth, sobrang professional siya.
“At hinayaan niya po kasi akong makilala ko siya, e.”
She added, “Talagang yung hindi niya pinaramdam sa akin na Albert Martinez siya na kailangan kong mailang.
“Sobrang madali siyang i-approach, saka hinayaan din po niya akong makilala ko siya.”
“Sobrang professional po siya. Talaga pong isa siya sa veteran actors sa industriya.
“Alam ko na po kung bakit siya nagtagal nang ganyan, kung bakit siya ganyan kagaling.
“Sobrang laking opportunity sa ‘kin na nakatrabaho ko siya.”
CRUSH ON ALBERT? On that note, Yen was asked if she has a crush on Albert.
She chuckled, “Sa guwapo ni Tito Albert? Hindi malayong magka-crush [ako]!
“Mommy ko nga may crush diyan, e. Noong una ko siyang nakita, naku, kaya naman pala crush ng mommy ko.
“Bukod sa guwapo, napaka-down-to-earth na tao, sobrang approachable, marami kang matututunan sa kanya.”
Is it possible for her to fall in love with older men?
Yen gushed, “Sa ngayon? Baka pwede!
“Hindi po, masasabi ko ngayon, puwede pala talaga yun. Pagdating sa love, walang edad, hindi mo masasabi.”
When Albert was asked if he is open to the possibility of falling in love with a younger woman, he said, "Anything is possible."
(Read: Is Albert Martinez open to a May-December affair?)
WORKING WITH JM. Yen is also happy to be part of JM’s major TV comeback.
She commended her leading man by saying, “Okay siya, si JM aktor yan talaga, e.
“Pagdating ng set, ano ‘yan, in character siya agad.
“’Pag tinignan mo ‘yan sa mata, makakahugot ka agad ng emosyon.
“Sobrang madali siyang katrabaho.
“Magaling, magaling si JM.”
Yen also said that she did not have any qualms about working with JM, who is now in a relationship with Jessy Mendiola in real life.
MORE MATURE ROLES. All of Me can be considered Yen’s first mature role on television.
From the very start, ABS-CBN management already informed her that she would be required to do daring scenes in the afternoon teleserye.
“Noong una, kinausap na rin po talaga nila ako na may mga ganoong eksena.
“Siguro po talaga, bilang aktres, kailangan mong gawin yun para mag-grow ka, e.
“Sa tulong po talaga ng lahat ng tao sa set, magagawa mo siya nang maganda at sa tulong na rin ng direktor, kay Tito A din talaga.”
Aside from the intimate scenes, there are also sequences where she was required to wear two-piece outfits.
How did she prepare for it?
“Naku, nagpapayat ako, pero hindi pa masyadong na-achieve!
“Hindi pa masyado kasi medyo [kulang] pa pero kailangan na, so hindi na na-achieve nang todo.
“Pero more than sa two-piece naman, nagawa namin yung eksena nang maganda. So happy na rin!”
She clarified that the ones seen during the pilot episode were the only daring scenes she has shot for the teleserye so far.
Yen is open to shooting more daring scenes in the future.
“Dito po kasi sa All of Me, yun pa lang naman yung daring na ginawa ko.
“Marami pang puwedeng mangyari sa story, e. Puwede pa tayong bumalik sa pagka-conservative.
“Pero pag na-offer-an pa ulit, kung kailangan talaga sa eksena, why not?
“Kailangan po talaga nating paghandaan.”
Since she has already gone daring in this teleserye, is she also willing to pose for a sexy men’s magazine?
She admitted, “Sa ngayon po, hindi pa.
“Sabi ko sa sarili ko na [kapag] komportableng-komportable na po ako, bakit hindi?
HANDPICKED FOR ALL OF ME. Yen is very happy with how her career is going today.
She was first given a major role in the teleserye Pure Love, which topbilled Alex Gonzaga. This was followed by the primetime show Dream Dad, where she played the mother of Jana Agoncillo.
She also played a nun in the recently-concluded daytime drama Oh My G! as Janella Salvador’s long lost sister.
This time, in All of Me, she topbills her own show. She says that ABS-CBN executives told her that they personally chose her to play the lead role.
“Yun nga po, tinanong ko noong una, ‘Bakit? Bakit ako?’
“Masarap po sa feeling na nabigay po sa ‘kin itong project na ito.
“At after po ng Pure Love, talagang…actually hindi po talaga nabakante.
“Sobrang grateful po talaga ako sa blessings.”
Does this mean she is being groomed as ABS-CBN’s next leading lady?
“Hindi po, ayoko po talagang isipin yun.
“Sa ngayon po, dito lang ako nagfo-focus at masaya po talaga ako.
“Sobrang grateful po talaga ako sa lahat ng binibigay nila sa akin.”