Ken Chan gets a new leading lady in GMA-7's upcoming sci-fi series The Cure.
In this show, he is paired with StarStruck 6 graduate Arra San Agustin, who is cast as his wife in the prime-time show.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Ken said about being paired with Arra:
"Na-excite ako, siyempre, first time kong magkakaroon ng role na married man. E, wala pa naman akong experience sa pagiging married man.
"So natuwa ako at saka si Arra San Agustin, kinikilig ako.
"Kinikilig talaga ako kay Arra. Kaibigan ko si Arra pero hindi ko maiwasan."
Ken pointed out that he is open about his fondness for Arra, who used to be his co-star in Meant To Be.
"Kahit sa harapan niya, sinasabi ko, 'Nang-gi-gigil ako sa 'yo, kinikilig ako sa 'yo.' Hindi ko alam kung bakit."
However, he clarified, "Pero magkaibigan kami ni Arra. Walang malisya!"
PEP.ph spoke to Ken during the media conference of The Cure at Le Reve Events Place, Quezon City.
Ken is set to portray a special role in the series as Josh, a doctor in a barrio.
PORTRAYING A DOCTOR. Aside from portraying a married man, Ken also finds his new role very challenging.
Coming from a bad boy role in Meant To Be, Ken had to do research to learn the jargon used by a doctor.
He elaborated, "Isang married man, isang doktor. The way akong nagresearch is through movies.
"Sobrang laki ng tulong sa akin ng The Walking Dead at ng Grey's Anatomy, sobrang laking tulong sa akin.
"I don't have any idea about medical terms, yung mga jargon ng doctor, ang hihirap kaya, kung paano sila kumilos.
"Mamaya ma-bash ako ng mga nursing students o doctor dahil mali yung pagsaksak ko ng syringe, makikitaan nila ng butas yun, so I really have to be careful with my actions and my movements as a doctor. Yun, yun yung nireresearch ko, the way they act.
"At saka napansin ko sa mga doctor pag nagsasalita sila parang ngongo, kasi parang feeling mo ang linis linis nila. Hindi ko alam, ha. Tapos ang linis linis ng itsura nila."
In The Cure, Ken plays Josh, the only son of Dra. Evangeline Lazaro (Jaclyn Jose), the head of the Research and Development Team of the pharmaceutical company that discovered the drug that created a nationwide epidemic.
Unlike his mother, Josh decided to help the poor by being a barrio doctor. His decision created friction in his relationship with his mother.
The 25-year-old actor told PEP.ph that he is very thankful to GMA-7 for continuously including him in important projects.
"I think nire-ready ako ng GMA for something really important. Ang paglagay nila sa akin dito sa The Cure is something I really look forward to kasi gusto ko talaga gumawa ng action, I really want to do action.
"Napagdesisyunan nila na ang The Cure, puro action, maganda siyang stepping stone para sa mga future [projects] na gagawin ko sa GMA.
"Sobrang happy ako na hindi talaga ako pinababayaan ng GMA and kapag everytime na may malalaking teleserye na ginagawa, lagi nila ako sinasama and yun palang sobrang blessed and thankful na ako."
The Cure, which will premiere on April 30, is top-billed by Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, and Tom Rodriguez.