JC Santos admits that he does not mind portraying a gay role in ABS-CBN’s primetime series Till I Met You.
In this teleserye starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre, JC’s character Ali used to be the boyfriend of Nadine until he comes out of the closet and confesses that he is gay.
(Read: JC Santos on portraying a gay role in Till I Met You: “I don’t mind.”)
Would JC be willing to do a kissing scene with James Reid if the scene calls for it?
“Wala naman akong problema dun,” said the actor who has shot kissing scenes with Sandino Martin, Lharby Policarpio, and Garry Lim in Esprit de Corps. In this Cinema One Originals 2014 entry, they were cast as cadets studying in a military school.
In an exclusive interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) earlier today, September 13, at the Summitmedia office, JC pointed out that this is unlikely to happen on Till I Met You: “Pero parang hindi siya mangyayari.
“I think hindi aabot sa ganun ang mga eksena namin.”
JC says that even though this Kapamilya teleserye tackles issues of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, the producers have a different vision for it.
“We have a different purpose for the whole serye. Iba yung advocacy ng show.
“Sa [Till I Met You], Ali is an LGBT symbol. Medyo intense naman yung aabot [sa kissing scene],” said the 2016 Cosmo Bachelor Centerfold with a smile.
“Pero hindi ko pa alam. Baka magkaroon ng ibang relationship si Ali…”
Would he agree to be paired with another guy on the TV show?
“Wala naman akong problema dun,” admitted the theater-actor-turned TV star.
How would he react to those comparing Till I Met You to GMA-7’s past gay-themed teleserye My Husband’s Lover?
“Kung makumpara, okay lang. Kasi iba ang theme ng show nila, iba ang theme ng show namin.
“Our show is coming-of-age. Then yung sa kanila, mas mature yung content ng sa kanila.
“I don’t mind.”
He downplays those saying that Till I Met You is a copycat of My Husband’s Lover by pointing out, “Everybody can do LGBT content. It’s a topic na kailangan maging aware ang lahat ng tao. It’s a show that we need to tell people na acceptance, appreciation and love is something that we need to celebrate.”