Gabby Concepcion admits that he is very conscientious whenit comes to his acting. The comebacking actor, who was a real-estate agentin the U.S. during his 13-year stay, is now working on his first teleseryefor ABS-CBN Iisa Pa Lamang.
In his solo press conference held at Roberto Antonio's flower shop yesterday,July 3, Gabby faced the press to talk about the TV series that pairs him withClaudine Barretto. "Siyempre, may weirdness noong umpisa," says the 45-year-oldactor about his team-up with the actress who will be 29 years old on July 20."The last time kasi na nagkasama kami ni Claudine, hindi pa siya artista." Now,Claudine is all grown up, is happily married to Raymart Santiago and takes careof her two children, Sabina and Rodrigo.
He also admitted that he was at first uncomfortable workingon his first teleserye in the Kapamilya Network. "Kasi hindi mo alam kung anoang ie-expect pero before long, okay na. Naninibago nga ako sa two units [twoindependent locations that are set up to allow simultaneous shootingschedules]. Kailangan mabilisan kasi nga daily siya."
Starting July 14, viewers will be able to watch the lovestory of Gabby, Claudine, and Diether Ocampo's characters. When the former matineeidol was asked to describe his kiss with Claudine, he said, "Lasang bubblegum."
He is then asked to confirm reports saying Claudine was carried away by theirkissing scene, which was reportedly lasted about ten minutes. "Mga tenminutes ba yun? Hindi ko namalayan."
As for reports saying that Claudine got carried away, Gabby quipped: "Bumigaydin naman ako, kaya patas lang. Kaya okay yung eksena kasi binigay namin yungbest namin."
In Iisa Pa Lamang, Gabby plays a childhood friend ofClaudine who leaves for the United States to study law. When he comes back,they are already grown-ups who develop a close bond that leads to a love scene.When asked to describe his intimate moment with Claudine, he says naughtily:"Maganda, mausok [steamy], kasing-init ng bagong lagay sa buffet kanina.Nakakapaso!"
In 1993, Gabby was paired with Gretchen Barretto in the movie Kailangan Kita.Fifteen years later, he is paired with Gretchen's younger sister, Claudine. Howdid it feel about being paired his new leading lady? "May mga times na parang gusto kosiyang tawagin na Gretchen. Parang automatic na. Of course, may kanya-kanyasilang beauty pero may hawig, e."
In a nostalgic mood, Gabby recalled anembarrassing incident during one of his earliest kissing scenes. It was for themovie Katorse (1980), which was directed by the late Joey Gosiengfiao.
"Si Direk Joey sabi sa akin, may kissing scene ako with Dina Bonnevie. Sabi ko,sige, walang problema kasi iniisip ko hahalikan ko 'tulad ng girlfriend ko.Noong taping na, lumabas ang dila ko tapos biglang nag-cut si Direk. Napahiyaako! Akala ko ang galing-galing ko na. Si Dina rin nagulat."
To avoid such embarrassment, the former matinee idol now pays closeattention to the instructions of his directors, Ruel Bayani and Manny Palo, andoften asks to review the scenes that he had just done.
"Wala akong problema sataping, magaling akong mag-memorize. Kinakabahan ako hindi sa linya, kinakabahanako dun sa acting ko. Minsan nararamdaman mo na [ang dialogue], pero wala samukha mo so tinitingnan ko sa monitor lagi," says Gabby.
He also takes time toobserve his fellow cast members and how they interact with each other and with thetechnical staff. He might have been away from the spotlight for the past 13years but as early as October last year, Gabby took time to watch theteleseryes of the Kapamilya Network, particularly Maging Sino Ka Man.
Iisa Pa Lamang, which was partly shot in Calatagan, Batangas, also starsClaudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo, Angelica Panganiban, and Ms. Susan Roces.Other cast members include Laurice Guillen, Cherry Pie Picache, Matt Evans,Melissa Ricks, AJ Perez, Candy Pangilinan, Bembol Roco, Kit Kat, and AldredGatchalian.