Jericho Rosales was feeling a bit sluggish when he arrivedat the press conference of Kahit Isang Saglit held earlier thisafternoon, September 9. But when he was asked to describe his leadingladies—Malaysian actress Carmen Soo and new Kapamilya star CristineReyes—he immediately brightened up and started telling anecdotes about them.
Jericho (or Echo) is paired with Carmen and Cristinein this ABS-CBN co-production with the Malaysian company Double Vision. Theyended taping for their show just this morning, which is why they hardly had anysleep before proceeding to the press conference. Their teleserye willair on the Kapamilya Network starting September 15.
The young actor-singer first described Cristine as someone who is"magaling, passionate, and intense. Kung ihahalintulad ko siya, para siyangbabaeng Echo. As a friend, hindi pa kami masyadong nagkaka-bonding pero nungone time na malungkot siya, kino-comfort namin siya.
"As for Carmen, she is new to everything. Carmen is one ofthe most intelligent actors sa Malaysia," says Echo. He recalls one scenewherein he said his lines in Tagalog yet Carmen was able to correctly deliverher lines even though she did not understand what he was saying.
"She knows when to deliver and express... She may have a hardtime ‘pag complicated ang scene but with guidance, she's a sponge. She absorbseverything."
Being in a nostalgic mood, Echo pointed out that it wasDirek Jerry Sineneng who gave him his first break in the industry by castinghim as the lead actor in the ABS-CBN show Esperanza.
"I owe [Direk Jerry] a big chunk of my...malaking pasasalamatko sa kanya kasi siya nagbigay sa akin ng break. Nag-audition ako noon sa Esperanzaat nasa kanyang mga kamay kung tatanggapin ba ako sa show na yun or hindi."
When PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Direk Jerryto describe what he saw in Echo when he was still starting in the industry, theveteran director said, "Ang lalim agad [ng acting niya], magaling mag-deliverng lines, ang galing ng timing. Parang hindi siya nangapa. Mata niya nagagamitna niya kahit baguhan lang siya."
BIRTHDAY WISH. Echo will be turning 29 on September 22.When asked to give his birthday wish, the single father tells thepress: "Sana every birthday ko. I'll grow up to be a better father to my son.Sana I'll grow up to be a better artist para makatulong sa industry.
"I hope and pray that the industry will be supported by thegovernment. Ito yung na-discover ko, sana mabigyan ng importansiya. Sana ma-practice ko rin ang pagiging single ko."
The media curiously asked Carmen if she has a boyfriend inMalaysia. She pointed out that she is single right now and that her lastrelationship ended late last year. Does Echo stand a chance if he courts her?"Tell him to try first then I'll tell him!" Carmen said with a laugh.
Is Echo up to the challenge of courting his new leadinglady?
"Nag-promise ako sa sarili ko na rerespetuhin ko muna angpagtatrabaho dito. Siguro pagkatapos ng taping, magpapaalam muna ako kayDirek. Hinahanap ko pa ang sarili ko, e." Turning to Carmen, he promised: "IfI'll try, I will text you."
ON CRISTINE REYES. Echo says that he waspleasantly surprised to learn about the capabilities of Cristine as an actress.
"Noong nalaman ko na siya, hindi ako familiar sa kanya. Ang alam ko lang,kapatid ni Ara Mina. Nung nag-meet na kami at nagkatrabaho, nagulat ako sacapacity niya as an actress. Bata pa rin siya, di ba? Naramdaman ko nanag-e-enjoy ako kapag kaeksena ko siya. Kunyari, we hold hands to support eachother. 'Pag may ibinigay kang idea, she'll take it."
Is he aware that Cristine admitted having a crush on him? Heresponds by saying, "Cute naman siya, e."
Does he also have a crush on Ara Mina's younger sister?"Ayoko munang magsalita ng ganyan, huwag muna, huwag muna. Charming siya sakamay dimples din siya," he said, flashing his own bedimpled smile.
IS HE MOVING ON? The actor says that it is hard for him toforget the three years that he shared with Heart Evangelista, but he claims thathe has already moved on. "Nag-move on na ako pero yung concern ko nandun parin...lagi."
"We brought out the best in each other, whenever I'm down,she lifts me up. When she's down, ako naman."
While he and Heart were together, the young actress chosenot to do kissing scenes. But now, the new star of GMA-7 is already shootingkissing scenes with Richard Gutierrez in Asero. How did he react to thisnews?
"Hindi ko pa nakikita. Hindi naman sa ayaw kong panoorinpero wala akong masyadong time. Marami pa nga akong DVD ng Pangako sa ‘Yo atSana'y Wala Nang Wakas na kailangang panoorin. With kissing scenes,marunong naman siya, matalino naman siya. Alam niya yung purpose ng trabahoniya. Alam niya kung bakit siya may kissing scene. Like ako, hindi akomakikipaghalikan sa screen para lang ma-excite ang mga tao. I'll do it becausekailangan sa story at sa eksena."
Did Echo regret courting his former leading ladies in thepast?
"Wala namang problema na na-in love ako sa dating leadingladies ko, e. Kunyari, na-in love ako kay Kristine [Hermosa], Angelika [delaCruz], kay Heart, naisip ko noon na ito ang mundong ginagalawan namin. Pupuntapa ba ako sa iba na hindi ako naiintindihan? Dito na ako, araw-araw kamingnagkakasama."
ECHO'S SEVEN-YEAR-OLD SON. Now that he is busy withhis acting career, Echo is able to spend time with his seven-year-old son only during weekends.