- 'Till I Met You' was released by the end of August, starring the phenomenal JaDine love team along with newcomer JC Santos
- Santos, who transitioned from theater to television, said that he is game for anything his role requires him to do - like kissing James Reid
- However, the 'Esprit de Corps' actor defended that his show is different compared to GMA's gay-themed soap 'My Husband's Lover'
JC Santos' television debut has been much buzzed about as he stars alongside Nadine Lustre and James Reid in ABS-CBN's 'Till I Met You'. His role, Ali, is one for the books - he plays a gay character that comes in between the reel-to-real love team.
Despite playing such a bold character, Santos said he does not mind the role he has taken.
When asked if he is up for a kissing scene with Reid, he said that he does not mind at all.
He has already done so with other actors - Garry Lim, Sandino Martin, and Lharby Policarpio - for Cinema One Originals' 'Esprit de Corps', which was released in 2014.
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However, the actor shared that it is not probable that there will be a kissing scene in the series.
"I think hindi aabot sa ganun ang mga eksena namin," he said during an interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP.ph) earlier today.
(I think our scenes would not lead to a kissing scene.)
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The issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have not been fully explored in local soaps yet, but Santos' project will tackle another angle of it that has not been presented yet. "
"We have a different purpose for the whole serye. Iba yung advocacy ng show. Sa [Till I Met You], Ali is an LGBT symbol. Medyo intense naman 'yung aabot [sa kissing scene]," Santos said.
(We have a different purpose for the whole soap. The show has a different advocacy. In 'Till I Met You', Ali is an LGBT symbol. It is quite intense if it will lead to a kissing scene.)
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Despite his thoughts on the matter, he is not sure how the teleserye's story line will go. He said that he might be even paired up with another guy, which he is also up for if that happens.
Since 'Till I Met You' is ABS-CBN's first foray into producing an LGBT-themed series, it is often compared to GMA's controversial soap 'My Husband's Lover' which was released three years ago.
Santos responded that he does not mind the comparison, but reiterated that both shows have their differences.
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"Kasi iba ang theme ng show nila, iba ang theme ng show namin. Our show is coming-of-age. Then yung sa kanila, mas mature yung content ng sa kanila."
([My Husband's Lover] has a different theme, and our show also has a different theme. Our show is coming-of-age. The other has a more mature content.)
Even if others continue to claim that they have copied the other network's concept, he said that 'everybody can do LGBT content' for their shows.
"It’s a topic na kailangan maging aware ang lahat ng tao. It’s a show that we need to tell people na acceptance, appreciation and love is something that we need to celebrate."
(It's [LGBT] a topic that everyone needs to be aware about. It's a show that we need to tell people that acceptance, appreciation, and love is something that we need to celebrate.)
'Till I Met You' has replaced 'Dolce Amore' in ABS-CBN's 'Primetime Bida', which is also joined by 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' and 'Born for You'.