JC de Vera on his lovelife: "Naka-leave ako... Wala akong mahanap na window para sa usapang gano’n.""

JC de Vera promised leading lady Nadine Samonte one thing: professionalism. "Kung ano yung maibibigay ko sa ’yo kailangang tanggapin mo. E, siyempre may respeto ako sa mga nakaka-partner ko kaya ano rin... Kailangang ma-feel nila na nirerespeto sila ng leading man nila so yun yung ginagawa ko," the 25-year-old actor said.


It never occurred to JC de Vera that one day he will play the lead role in Valiente, which he used to watch 17 years ago.

"Mga Grade 2 ako nun, Grade 3, nakakapanood dati...

"Kaya lang siyempre, medyo bata pa tayo nun. Di natin naiintindihan pa yung talagang story," he said during the press conference for TV5’s upcoming soap, which was held yesterday, January 20.

But he remembered that it was "all about friendship, love, and family," and added, "Alam ko na may problema sa lupa."

The 25-year-old actor will play Gardo Valiente, which was the character played by Michael de Mesa then.

Michael play JC’s dad this time.

Smiling, the young actor beamed, "Very thankful ako na si Tito Mike yung...si Tito Mike yung daddy ko rito sa story.

"Wala, e, parang magiging grateful ka na lang kasi hindi ka na nila pinapahirapan, e."

Has he been getting some pointers from the original Gardo?

JC replied, "Wala naman. Wala namang specific na tip talaga na ’binigay sa ’kin, pero he’s helping me a lot."

He wanted an entirely different take on his latest role, so JC skipped the standard research procedure of watching the show’s original episodes.

"Kasi, pag pinanood ko siya, makakakuha ako ng tip kung paano ko gagawin yung character.

"E, gusto ko sana, since bago yung show para sa akin, gusto ko sana maging fresh yung mga idea na...

"Kung pa’no ko siya gagawin, kung anong klaseng character ang puwede kong ilagay kay Gardo Valiente.

"Para maging different kahit papa’no dun sa ginawa ni Tito Michael de Mesa."

KISSING NADINE. His leading lady is Nadine Samonte, who will be portraying Maila Braganza. (CLICK HERE to read story.)

Though both of them came from GMA-7, they never had a project together at the Kapuso network.

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"E, kasi wala kaming ano, e... Wala kaming naging formal introduction ni Nadine, e.

"Hindi kami naging friends before. First time naming magkakatrabaho..."

And guess what their first few scenes entailed? Kissing.

The Utol Kong Hoodlum star explained, "Kasi kailangan naming i-establish na naging mag-boyfriend-girlfriend kami.

"So, very fast-paced, ’pinakita lang namin na konting ligawan, ’tapos months after, naging kami na."

How did he prepare for the kiss?

"Mouthwash," he answered with a laugh.

"Yung preparation, mouthwash. Di ba, normal lang naman yun?"

And how was the kiss?

"Yung kissing scene namin, hindi siya typical na kissing scene.

"Ano siya, expression of love naming dalawa ni Nadine.

"Kaya, hindi lang once nila makikita. Marami!!!"

But the soap will have more than romantic kisses, it will have its share of conflicts and confrontations.

According to JC, "May scenes na nag-aaway kami dahil ’pinaghiwalay kami ng pamilya.

"Nagkaproblema na kami ni Oyo [Sotto] dahil, a...dahil nga magkasama kami parati ni Nadine.

"’Tapos, merong isang twist na mangyayari, na ang gagawa naman nun, si Niña Jose.

"So, marami, maraming kaguluhan na mangyayari sa buhay namin."

ON "LEAVE" STATUS. His reel world may be exciting, but there’s not much about his real life of late.

Come Valentine’s day, "Nandun po ako sa studio ng Lokomoko...walang date-date," he declared.

The same thing happened last year, "Nasa taping din pala ako," but the difference then is that he had a girlfriend.

He added in jest, "So, ngayon, natapat ulit sa taping kaya masaya kasi tipid."

But seriously speaking, how’s his lovelife?

Nonchalantly, JC answered, "Wala naman. Naka-leave ako, so...

"Marami akong work, nagtatrabaho ako six times a week.

"Wala akong mahanap na window para sa usapang gano’n."

Until when is his "leave"?

"Hindi, hindi ko alam.

"Siyempre hindi mo naman masasabi kung sino’ng dadating or kung ano yung mga events na mangyayari, pero prepared naman ako.

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"Halimbawa, may maayos ulit, prepared naman ako, e.

"Pero habang wala, e, di, ano na muna, enjoy na muna."

Does he miss his ex-girlfriend Danita Paner?

"Oo naman," was JC’s quick reply.

"Kasi, for the longest time, yun yung nakasanayan ko, e.

"Every time na may problem ka, meron kang shoulder to cry on. Alam mo ’yong mga gano’n?

"Pag pagod ka sa trabaho, meron kang taong nagpapasaya.

"Siyempre may mga bagay na mami-miss mo...

"Yung mga bagay na minsan, wala, e, hinahanap mo, paggising mo, yun naiisip mo.

’Hindi naman mawawala kaagad yun.

"Hindi, kasi pag wala akong kasama, siya’ng kasama ko.

"Pag wala akong trabaho, siya’ng kasama ko."

And since he and Danita work for the same network, "Nagkikita kami palagi."

He described their encounters as surreal.

"Kasi siyempre from afar, nakikita mo si Dan, hindi kayo magkasama, di ba, so...

"E, dati araw-araw yun, kung magkita kami nun, hindi kami puwedeng maghiwalay.

"Pero ngayon, nakikita ko lang from afar, ibig sabihin, hindi na kami yung talagang katulad dati na magkatabi parati, ganun," JC explained.

Asked why they split, JC said, "Problems lang na nagpatung-patong na nahirapan lang ma-solve."

But some issues can be addressed, he added, "Meron siyang paraan, pero slowly."

But it was best to part ways because, in his words, "may damage."

He added, "Hindi mo siya puwedeng pag-usapan sa isang upuan."

Entertainment columnist Allan Diones asked: Was it really a mutual decision?

"Mutual siya... Although siyempre hindi ko na sasabihin talaga kung sino yung nakipag-break."

Wasn’t it you who wanted out of the relationship?

His answer neither confirmed nor denied anything: "Question pa rin ’yon. Question pa rin ’yon."

And it wasn’t like he didn’t feel any remorse...

"Siyempre, ako, mas sanay ako...sanay akong sumagot," he threw in.

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"Hindi, kasi si Dan naman kasi, hindi naman magde-deny ’yan, e."

He admitted to feeling sad about what happened.

He also said, "E, kahit kanino naman...

"Kahit naman ako, dumating din ako sa point na siyempre very emotional ako tungkol dun.

"E, wala, e...araw-araw kang nasa taping.

"Hindi ka naman puwedeng magpaapekto kasi masisira yung trabaho mo.

"Kaya, ganun siguro ako. Kaya, ganito ako ngayon siguro."

The couple called it quits after "one year and three months."

When they did, he he realized he had not been single for a long time.

The Kapatid actor remarked, "Wala akong break, e, simula nung nagsimula ako sa showbiz."

Lastly, is it really over between him and Danita?

"Hindi, walang tuldok," he said meaningfully, before adding, "Hindi naman ako naglalagay ng tuldok kahit kanino.

"Kahit kanino, kasi hindi mo naman masasabi kung ano yung takbo ng mundo, e.

"Ano lang, kelangan lang maging prepared ka sa kahit anong mangyari."


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