JC de Vera is the first Kapuso male artist to be featured in "Obra"

JC de Vera explains why he does not want toportray gay roles in any of his episodes in Obra. "Para sa akin lang, masyadongmabilis para sa akin. Ayaw ko namangmangyari kasi, siyempre, bata pa ako, e," says the young actor.


In the media junket for Obra last week, GMA-7announced that the show would feature young actor JC de Vera after its pilotmonth with Katrina Halili.

The 22-year-old actor confirmed this at the press conferenceof Regal Entertainment's Loving You held at the Imperial Palace Suites last Friday,August 8. But he had no idea yet about what characters he would be portraying in the Kapuso weekly dramaanthology.

JC is now in hiatus from TV since his last teleserye, BabangonAko't Dudurugin Kita, wrapped up more than a month ago. The young actor said that he will come backthrough Obra.

The young actor felt glad that he was chosen to be the firstmale Kapuso star to be featured in Obra. JC said that this would be a good opportunity for the viewers to see hisflexibility in portraying different characters.

"Masaya lang ako kasi nagbubunga na 'yongmga pinaghirapan ko. 'Yong mgapinaghirapan ko na sana ma-recognize ako at sana mahiwalay ang pangalan ko samga young artists sa GMA-7, na sana magkaroon ako ng edge sa kanila, na sanamagkaroon ako ng programa," said the young actor.

Some people are intrigued about why, of all the Kapuso young actors, JC has been chosen as the first to be featured in Obra. But JC doesn't mind the issue.

He explained to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal),"Well, 'yong mga sinasabi nilang masasagasaan ko, dapat hindi sila mag-react. Kasi kung hindi sila magre-react, ibig sabihin hindi sila professional, diba? Kasi ako, artist din ako. Hindi rin ako nagde-demand kung ano 'yonggusto kong project na gagawin.

"So, ang nangyari, kung ano ang gusto ng network para sa akin,hindi ako ang nag-decide nun. Ngayon,kung magre-react sila, huwag sila sa akin magalit. Magalit sila sa network, kasi ako, tumatanggap lang din namanako."

JC is also sure that the other Kapuso artists would nottake this negatively. "Pero alam konaman na hindi rin naman sila magre-react. Lahat naman ng mga alam kong masasagasaan ko, may ginagawa din. Ako lang 'yong wala, so ibigay na lang nilasa akin."

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NO TO GAY ROLES. An entertainment writer asked JC if he would be willing to play a gay role in Obra. He immediately replied, "Ayaw ko. Ewan ko po, ayaw kolang."

He continued, "Well, siguro depende kung paanong gay role ba'yon. ‘'Yong iba kasi, masyadong ano,e... Ayaw ko nung malaswa kasi."

JC also explained that playing this role might notbe good for his image.

"Siguro ngayon, hindi pa 'yon yung stage na kailangan ko panggampanan na roles. Kasi nagpo-portraypa naman kasi ako ng wholesome image, e, so siguro hindi pa talaga 'yon yungtime para pumasok ako sa ganung roles," explained JC.

The young actor said that such roles would still depend on thedecision of his talent manager, Annabelle Rama.

"Siguro hindi pa ako ready sa ganun [role]," hesaid. "At siguro kung may guidancenaman ni Tita Annabelle, okay naman siguro kung ano ang sasabihin niya. Pero 'yon nga, depende naman samapag-uusapan, e. Kasi siyempre, maymga bagay na ayoko pang gawin ngayon."

PEP asked JC what kind of roles he wants to portray, given the chance. He answered, "Ever since talaga gusto kongmagkaroon na dark na character—'yong mga psycho, mga bad roles talaga."

He said that this would make him different from other actorshis age.

"Kumbaga, hindi ko pa kasi nagagawa kaya siguro maganda na 'yon ang gawin ko para at least magkaroon ako ng edge sa mga nakasabayanko. Para iba, kasi most of the time, puro goody-goody naman ang pino-portray ko, e. Para at least naman, ako 'yong first na maggaganun na bata."

Does he think he can pull off this kind of character?

"Kaya siguro," JC confidently said. "Kaya 'yon kung magiging disiplinado ka,kung bibigyan mo ng preparation lahat. And magagaling naman ang directors doon kaya alam kong magagawa ko rin'yon."

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Aside from Loving You and Obra, JC will soon be seen in La Lola for GMA-7, where he will be pairedwith young actress Rhian Ramos. He willalso a do movie for GMA Films, which will be shown before Christmas, andanother movie intended for the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival.


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