JC de Vera has been so busy since moving to TV5 last month that he barely has time to go out with old friends to unwind and relax.
The young actor—whose career was in limbo during manager Annabelle Rama's feud with GMA-7 executive Wilma Galvante—is not complaining though.
"Even 'yong mga friends ko sa kabila [GMA-7] hindi ko na din nakakausap o nakakasama kasi medyo naging hectic ang schedule ko. Pero okay lang naman kasi ito talaga 'yong hinahanap ko, 'yong maraming work," JC confided to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the launching of P.O.5 last April 11.
JC said he's not bothered by the competition imposed by the two giant networks. While keeping up in step with the rivals is essential in the business, JC appreciates TV5's "calm" working environment without necessarily sacrificing its competitive edge.
"Ang sarap lang ng pakiramdam na parang wala kang kakumpetensiya and parang ginagawa mo 'tong mga shows without competing with any programs. Ang sarap ng feeling na inaatupag mo lang 'yong sarili mong staff, 'yong sarili mong work na wala kang dapat isipin na ratings or dapat matalo mo 'tong show na 'to," he added.
GRATEFUL AND TENSE. If work assignments came sporadically for JC last year, 2010 is shaping up to be the complete opposite based on the projects being lined up for the young actor by his new home studio.
JC—who is seen in the comedy sitcom Lokomoko U and the Sunday noontime musical-variety show P.O.5—is currently busy preparing for a drama anthology series and if plans push through, an action-fantasy program.
The drama anthology, according to JC, is reminiscent of the one he did with his former home network in 2008.
"Medyo similar din siya dun sa ginawa ko sa kabilang network na every week different episode with different characters. Kailangan maging flexible na naman so that I'll be able to take on lahat ng characters na kailangan," he said.
"Medyo mahirap," smiled JC, "pero at the same time, excited ako."
The "premiere matinee idol" tag accorded to him by TV5 has also stirred mixed emotions in JC.
"Sobrang pressured ako. Hindi ko alam kung anong gagawin ko," he confessed. "But grateful ako na ganito 'yong importance na ibinibigay nila sa akin and in return naman, balak kong ibalik sa kanila kung ano 'yong ibinibigay nila sa akin. Pero nakakakaba talaga, hindi siya biro."