JC de Vera last starred in TV5’s remake of the popular ‘90s soap Valiente.
While the original series saw a five-year airing period in ABS-CBN and GMA-7, the Kapatid network’s revival ran from February 13 to June 29 this year.
Since Valiente concluded, JC found the time to travel.
This he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview during a set visit in Montalban, Rizal last Monday, December 3.
“Nag-workout, nag-travel ng konti.”
The 26-year-old actor, who was left with a regular once-a-week taping for gag show Lokomoko U, welcomed the less taxing work load.
“Nagagawa ko lahat ng gusto ko,” said JC.
He now joins the existing cast of TV5’s primetime show, Enchanted Garden, as the “eco-serye” opens its second chapter.
JC, who plays the mortal Edmond, is added to the roster of talents along with Eula Caballero, Bing Loyzaga, and Iwa Moto.
Asked which places he visited, JC said he spent three weeks in Australia, after which he saw Bangkok, Thailand. He likewise went to Hong Kong twice in the last three months.
The actor, smiling, added, “Tapos halos every weekend, nagbi-beach ka, nagpupuntang La Union, punta akong Baguio. Di ba, yung ganun lang?”
He mentioned that he travelled with friends who like him found time off from work.
“Meron din akong mga friends din na kakatapos lang yung work or day-off nila ng Saturday and Sunday.”
Does JC prefer having this moderate work schedule or would he rather have a hectic one with projects left and right?
He answered, “Kasi naniniwala ako [na] may ano 'yan e, sawa.
“Kahit na one month or two weeks na sana makapagbakasyon tapos babalik ka ulit sa work... kasi nagsasawa ka, e.
“And for me, nawawala yung passion.
"So, gusto ko, pag every time na nagwu-work ako, gusto ko excited na excited ako.”
Further asked if he found himself impatiently waiting for a follow-up project in the last months, he quipped, “Hindi naman.”
He agreed that the pacing is fine with him as JC pointed out, “Gawa ka ng isang show, rest ka for a month, then gawa ka uli, then rest for another month. Parang ganun.
“Okay lang naman yun and depende naman yun kung paano mo i-manage yung time mo, e, kung pa'no mo gagamitin talaga.
“So, yung pasok ng shows, talagang okay naman with TV5. Nakakapagpahinga ako then papabalikin nila ako sa work.”
If anything, he is grateful for this—“Very, very thankful ako.”
JC told that the management gives him the liberty to go on vacation.
“Sila pa nga yung nagsabi, ‘Gusto mo ba magbakasyon?’ [Sabi ko,] ‘Opo. Sige po. Magbabakasyon po ako.’
“Tapos pagbalik, [sasabihin nila,] ‘Sige, ito na yung gagawin mo.’”
SEXY FILMS. Erik Matti’s Rigodon recently attempted to revive the sexy-drama films of the past decades. The film starred Cosmopolitan Bachelor hunk John James Uy, FHM’s October cover girl Yam Concepcion, and Max Eigenmann, daughter of veteran actor Mark Gil.
Should these sexy films make a comeback, will JC de Vera take on a more daring project?
He replied, “E, as long as ano siya, work. And kung hindi siya magmumukhang bastusin.
“Masyadong malaki yung ibig sabihin ng sexy.
“Hindi naman ibig sabihin [na kung] lumabas akong naka-brief sa isang scene, sexy film na siya…”
JC shared that he already experienced shooting a sexy scene.
“Meron, meron naman. Pero hindi siguro yung talagang grabe na bed scene na kung ano yung nakikita natin sa mga movies.
“Pero yung mga maliliit na scenes lang na nagki-kiss, kunwari nasa kama.
“Nakagawa na ako and para sa akin, hindi siya bastos.
"Halimbawa, mga scene na gunun? Hindi siya bastos kasi normal, e.
"Nangyayari naman talaga sa totoong buhay yun, e.
JC believes that it makes a whole lot of difference that the audience today is more matured.
“Nagma-mature na rin yung mga tao. Slowly, naiintindihan namin... ako, naiintindihan ko na hindi naman siya talaga bastos, alam mo yun?
“Puwede mo siya gawin talagang hindi magmumukhang kadiri.”
Is he willing to expose as much?
“Depende dun sa direktor,” said JC.
“Yung sa akin nga, as long as hindi siya magmumukhang bastos, di ba?
“Ayaw ko namang sabihan... halimbawa, magpakita ka ng puwet, ayaw ko namang for the sake lang na nagpakita ka ng puwet na walang art.
“So kailangan may touch of art pa rin na mapapaganda yung scene. So, okay lang ako dun.”
Perhaps the sexiest the public has seen JC was when he strut his lean bod during the Bench fashion show in 2006 and in 2009.
ACTION. Sexy aside, action on the one hand is a genre JC feels he ought to do.
In his previous teleserye projects with TV5—Utol Kong Hoodlum and Valiente—JC was able to exhibit his mixed martial arts training.
Luckily in Enchanted Garden, he gets to do this too.
Is action something he wants to be identified with?
“Hindi naman,” JC uttered, laughing off the idea.
“Ine-embrace ko lang yung feeling na okay, sige, binibigyan ka ng mga action scenes."
He further stated, “For my generation na hindi naman lahat kami, talagang nakakagawa ng ganun, ine-embrace ko na lang siya.
“Once na binigyan ako ng project na with action scenes, wala, minamahal ko na lang.
“Talagang ginagawa ko and minsan ako pa yung nakaka-pag-direct, di ba? Ako, nakakagawa ng sarili kong routine.
“Para sa akin, lamang yun sa mga kasabay ko.”