JC de Vera says TV5 has helped him become "flexible in terms of acting"

Beginning October 3, JC de Vera’s series Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum will move to the 10:15 p.m. time slot of TV5.


Leading man JC de Vera is happy to play different roles on TV.

"Natawa ako isang beses, Friday ba yun o Thursday...Parang nauna yung Utol ’tapos ka-back-to-back niya yung Lokomoko, ’tapos may Untold Stories.

"Tatlong shows na magkakasunod na puro ako. Di parang nalito...di ba, nalito yung mga tao," he relates during the pocket press conference of his series Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum in Cravings (Tomas Morato branch).

JC says comedy was never his cup of tea but he has been trying to learn its intricacies.

"Thankful ako pinasok din ako dun sa Lokomoko dahil ahh...hindi naman talaga ako nagko-comedy, pero tinuruan ako ng Lokomoko na maging spontaneous. So, yung tinuro sa akin na yun, nagagamit ko sa lahat ng ginagawa ko..."

What does he really want to do—action, drama or comedy?

"Singer, gusto ko talagang maging singer!" he exclaims, giving PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) a sample of his deadpan humor.

He says he just wants to work, so he can show off his many talents and give his best.

"Sa ngayon talaga, hindi ko po alam, e, pero gusto ko po talaga mangyari [na] kahit saan ako ilagay, gusto ko mag-excel. Yun lang. Yun lang po.

"Gusto ko pag binigyan nila ako ng action, gusto ko, maganda mapapakita ko. Gusto kong pag pinag-drama nila ako, kaya kong ibigay yung lahat.

"Yun nga lang sa comedy, hirap na hirap talaga po ako. Pero, ano yun, nasa process naman talaga yun, e."

Having tried the three genres, he now realizes, "mas nakakasakit ulo [ang] magpatawa," because it requires more energy.

But whether the Kapatid network will give him a soap, sitcom or action series is fine with him.

"Kung ano talaga yung ibigay ng network para sa akin, pagbubutihan ko talaga."

Earning the Drama Prince tag flatters him, but he wants to be known as a "flexible" actor.

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"Kumbaga kahit saan, puwede."

LEADING MAN TO JAS. He says he was nervous after TV5 picked him about nine months ago to play Ben Maningding, the role played by Robin Padilla in the film version.

But he didn’t have qualms working with a newbie, his leading lady Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

"Hindi naman ako natatakot talaga na merong bago kasi kahit naman din ako, nung bagong pasok ako, siyempre napi-feel ko na natatakot din yung partner ko na babae," he tells the press.

But he adds—half-joking—that he did some "background check" on Jas.

Smiling, the ward of Annabelle Rama elaborates, "Siyempre kelangan mag-research nang konti, so siyempre, kailangan mong paghandaan. Automatic na yun [tanungin], may boyfriend ba? Wala. Good."

He recounts his first meeting with Jas, "Christmas party ng TV5 na sumayaw si Jas ’tapos yun yung first time na na-meet ko siya.

"Sabi ko, ’Baka puwede akong magpakilala,’ so pinuntahan ko siya dun sa dressing room. Wala lang, nakipag-ano lang, nag-hi lang ako sa kanya. At least, makita ko lang siya in person.

’Tapos pinanood ko siya sa stage, sumasayaw. Sabi ko, ’Okay, magaling sumayaw. Okay ang partner ko, magaling sumayaw.’ Confident, e."

Since then, he has been religiously playing utol to the 17-year-old Filipino-Australian star.

He says, "Actually, hindi ako masyadong nag-effort para tulungan talaga si Jas kasi, siya mismo, personally, madali na siyang matuto. Kaya siguro sa part ko, yung support lang talaga yung binigay ko sa kanya."


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