Fans of Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado have been waiting patiently for the duo to star in another film since their love team first enchanted the public in 2006's Blue Moon. The return of the tandem seemed imminent after Jen gave birth to son Alex Jazz last August 16, 2008. But fans had to wait a while longer due to the different projects and responsibilities that the two were handling for the past couple of months.
But they did not wait in vain. Yesterday on Startalk, Mark and Jen together announced what is being considered a reunion movie, Ikaw Sana, to be directed by Joel Lamangan and co-starring Pauleen Luna again.
How different would this movie from the first one they made three years ago? For starters, would the two shed the teen-oriented scenes for some daring ones in Ikaw Sana?
Jen admitted, "Sa ngayon hindi pa namin alam kasi week one pa lang, nasa at half part pa lang kami ng week two so wala pa pong masyadong..."
When asked if Mark would be "praying" for those daring scenes, he just laughed. On a more serious note, did Mark, Jen and Pauleen ever figure in a real-life love triangle?
"Wala naman nangyaring ganoon," smiled Mark. When asked if he had been involved in the Dennis Trillo-Pauleen breakup, he politely said, "Hindi po totoo 'yon. Kami naman ni Pau sobrang close kami. Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggaling yung issue na 'yan."
MARK AS ALEX JAZZ'S "DADDY." There was news that Jen was willing to have her son Alex Jazz call Mark "dad." Was this true?
"Ninong po," corrected Jen.
On Mark's part, there had also been news that he had long been wanting a baby of his own and that if he and Jen would return as lovers, he would treat the relationship as his last. Was this for real?
Mark explained, "Kasi dati sinabi ko na masarap magka-baby, pero kung talagang puwede lang, di ba? Pero wala pa sa tamang edad, e."
So when's the right time?
"Not now," smiled Mark.
Did Jen ever feel guilty about falling for someone else and not continuing the relationship with Mark? Did she ever wish that Mark had been the father of her child?
"Hindi naman dumating ang time na 'yon," said Jen, "kasi lahat naman ng nangyari sa akin, e hindi ko naman pinagsisihan dahil ang dami ko din natutunan."
When asked her reaction to Mark's statement that she would be the last woman in his life, she looked at him and asked, "Totoo ba 'yon, Mark?"
"Pag sinabing last," explained Mark, "final na 'yon. Forever."
Hearing such mature words from Mark prompted Jen to say, "Mark, maraming salamat sa lahat, dahil hanggang ngayon nandito ka pa rin para sa akin at marami na tayong pinagdaanan pero hindi mo pa rin ako iniiwan. Thank you!"
"Jen, thankful din ako, at sa lahat na nangyari before hanggang ngayon close pa rin tayo as friends," Mark expressed back. "Hindi pa rin tayo nahihirapan magtrabaho sa isa't isa. I'm happy dahil ang guwapo ng anak mo at ng takbo ng career mo ngayon."
Jen simply looked at Mark and smiled and said, "Thank you."