NEWBIE. Why Jon Lucas is not your ordinary teen star

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Jon Lucas on his showbiz career: "Go lang kasi timing-timing lang din 'yan."


Upcoming talent Jon Lucas is in the cast of the long-running daytime television drama Be Careful with My Heart as Michael.

About his part in the show, he relates, “Wala pa akong regular project pero ayun nga, kasama ako sa Be Careful with My Heart.

“Nasa school ako nila Nikki [Janella Salvador,] parang president ako ng club doon na gusto niyang salihan.”

Jon Lucas is actually not “that new” in the industry. He was seen in Kahit Konting Pagtingin as Angeline Quinto’s younger brother Eugene Cantada and in Daniel Padilla-Kathryn Bernardo starrer Got to Believe as Dominic Zaragoza.

He recounts, “Nung una talaga natakot ako, lalo na first director ko talaga, sabi nila sobrang galing daw si Direk Darnel [Joy Villaflor].


"So siyempre every scene ko kinakabahan ako talaga, kasi iniisip ko kung tama yung gagawin ko.

“'Tapos next naman Got To Believe with Direk Cathy [Grace Molina,] sobrang natakot din ako.

"Kasi si Direk Cathy sobrang blockbuster din na director.

"Bihira siyang mag-direk ng teleserye 'tapos KathNiel pa, ayun.

“So parang kailangan ko talagang sabayan sila.”

Having been in front of the cameras for a year, Jon says he now feels more at ease, “Okey naman, sobrang saya. 'Tapos mga ka-edad ko pa yung mga kasama ko.”


ROLE MODEL. The 19-year-old actor says he looks up to Jericho Rosales and wants to emulate his acting skills.

“Kasi bata palang ako, sa kanya ko nararamdaman na ito yung artista na pag-umaarte sa TV, yung character niya talaga yung lumalabas,” Jon Lucas explains.

Both Jericho Rosales and Jon Lucas started at age 17 in ABS-CBN’s Star Magic circle.

Jericho was in Batch 1997 while Jon Lucas was recently launched in Batch 2013 alongside fellow Be Careful with My Heart teen stars Janelle Salvador and Jerome Ponce, among others.

SHY AROUND GIRLS Jon admits he is timid around girls, “Di ako marunong mangligaw ng babae. Mahiyain talaga ako.”

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In his previous interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), he also revealed that his ultimate showbiz crush was Erich Gonzalez.

PAGEANT CONTESTANT? Standing at 5’9", Jon was a university basketball player but he has given up the sport as a possible career when he joined showbiz.

He says that after joining Mr. and Ms. Teen Earth last 2010, his friends encouraged him to join showbiz.

He then tried his luck and auditioned at ABS-CBN.

He narrates, “Naging stepping stone ko yun [pageant,] para makapasok ng showbiz.

“Hindi ko rin inexpect na magiging artista ako kasi sobrang dami naming nag-audition noon.

"'Tapos ako lang yung nakuha, so timing lang talaga."

The young actor is taking his craft seriously and still plays basketball during his free time.


DIET OVER GYM. He confesses, “Ayoko magbuhat. Diet lang. Lalo na sa rice.”

Jon adds that he has been trying to lose weight, “Siguro magpapayat ako ngayon.”

Is he doing this to prepare for sexy roles?

Jon replies, “Hindi naman sobrang sexy. Hindi naman yung sexy sexy talaga, yung parang wholesome muna, mga ganun.”

LIKES. He’s into EDM (electronic dance music) and goes for romantic and mellow dramatic movies. Among his favorites are the tear-jerking movies Titanic and the Fault in Our Stars.


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