Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka lead actress Yasmien Kurdi did a rape scene with co-star Martin del Rosario for the show.
She revealed, "Tatlong beses nga namin inulit yun, e."
"Kasi nagkakaproblem, technical problem. [Pero] we blocked it, na-block namin ng maayos before mag-shoot."
Yasmien said that she did not have a hard time shooting the sensitive scene with Martin.
She said, "Kaya niya na 'yan, alam niya na rin 'yan.
"Alam mo sa showbiz, pag nasanay ka sa mga eksena na fight scene and mga ganong eksena, parang nagiging natural na sa 'yo kung paano mo madadala yung daya, kung paano mo magagawa pa na magmukhang natural yung eksena."
In the scene, Martin had to pull Yasmien's hair and push her into the bed.
The 29-year-old actress recalled, "Mahirap yung kay Martin kasi parang dapat siya yung aggressive, dapat matakot ako sa kanya.
"At hindi ko akalain sa liit ni Martin na slim siyang tao, hindi ko akalain na ang lakas niya palang tao.
"Kasi noong pagkakahagis niya sa akin, nahagis niya ako, e! Tumilapon talaga ako sa kama. Ang lakas ni Martin!"
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke to Yasmien during the February 12 press conference of Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka at the 17th floor of GMA Network, Quezon City.
NO AWKWARDNESS. In a separate interview with Martin during the presscon, he said that Yasmien also made it easy for him to pull off that scene in the series, which will air its pilot episode on February 26 on GMA Afternoon Prime.
"Nag-usap kami ni Yas, paano ba yung sabunot natin.
"Tapos sabi niya, 'O, sige ako na bahalang magmukhang masakit.'
"At saka yung mga tulak, acting lang na kunyari, malakas. Alalay alalay lang."
It also helped that Yasmien and Martin are good friends in real life.
"Hindi, di kami nailang. Si Yasmien napaka professional.
"Magkaibigan kami ni Yas. Close kami so masaya, masaya yung set."
This is the second time that Yasmien and Martin are working together for a teleserye.
The first one was the 2014 prime-time series Rhodora X, which was Martin's first show with GMA-7 after he transferred from ABS-CBN.
YASMIEN'S WISHES. In Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka, which GMA-7 tagged as its first "adbokaserye," Yasmien plays the role of Thea Balagtas, a wife who discovers that she has HIV.
This affected her relationship with her husband Marco (Mike Tan) and with her children.
Yasmien said that during her immersion, she also met a mother who has the same situation with her character.
"Okay naman, they’re very accomodating, bait nila sa akin. May na-meet din ako na may anak din siya, yung anak niya walang HIV, yung asawa niya wala din.
"Pero siya meron and she’s very healthy, positive, ang positive nilang lahat.
"Hindi naman tipong may HIV ka means end of the world. Hindi naman tipong may HIV ka, ibig sabihin wala nang solusyon. Hindi. Yan yung mga dapat tanggalin ng mga tao sa utak nila."
The StarStruck alumna also said that each episode is well-researched, and every script is submitted to the Philippine National Aids Council (PNAC).
Yasmien hopes people will be inspired by her character in the show.
"Mapapa-iyak kayo, magagalit kayo, matutuwa kayo, at magkaka ano, yung hope na malagpasan niya yung mga struggles niya sa buhay.
"Like kunyari, meron kang pinagdadaanan, sana ma-inspire sila kay Thea at sana mahawa sila sa determinasyon niyang lumaban."
In the past, GMA-7 produced the inspirational drama Someone To Watch Over Me, which depicted the struggles of a married couple after the husband wass diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.
ABS-CBN also produced The Greatest Love, an inspirational drama about a mother diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease who tried to build her broken family.
Both shows received warm reception from the audience and even received recognitions from various award-giving bodies.
Does Yasmien also hope that their show will receive awards just like these other programs?
She answered, "Sana ganun din yung effect niya sa tao na sana may matutunan sila.
"Pero I'm more on... hindi ako more on nag-aasam ng ganun pero thank you na rin, siyempre, malaking karangalan din yun.
"Pero sa akin, mas okay na panuorin nila para may matutunan sila parang mas gusto na mapanuod talaga nila itong show, sayang, e."