Piolo Pascual was quick to say that there would be no issue of rivalry or billing as he works with Jericho Rosales for the first time in a teleserye, Padre de Pamilya. “Hindi naman [issue ang billing]. We’re just so excited because we really wanted to work together ever since. We came to a point na kami mismo susulat ng pelikula namin. So it’s a blessing to finally do a show with Jericho, talagang malaki yung paghanga ko sa kanya bilang tao,” said Piolo in an interview with ABS-CBN reporters right after the story con of Padre de Pamilya last September 23.
Not only are they two of the most sought-after leading men in showbiz, but they’re also applauded for their remarkable acting skills. Piolo added, however, that it wouldn’t be the first for him to be compared with Jericho in terms of their craft. “Nag-tie kami one time as Best Actor (during the 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies in 2007). Pinaghatian namin yung trophy (laughs). At the end of the day, it’s all about bringing out the best in you and not just about being a better actor [than your fellow co-stars].”
Piolo further shared that he was actually moved to tears when the story of Padre De Pamilya was first presented to him. He has never done such a controversial role before that he ended up having sleepless nights because of it. “When it was presented to me, umiyak ako. I was shocked dun sa twist, which we’re not supposed to tell yet. Sa sobrang napatanga ako sa kwento, ako mismo nadala. I had sleepless nights kasi sobrang natatakot ako. Hindi birong mag-invest ka sa isang proyekto, na alam mong real emotions yung pagdadaanan ng bawat character, so nakaka-stress.”
But at the same time, Piolo is very happy to be part of a quality project that would engage the audience’s interest. “That’s the whole point of the soap, to come up with something unique, something that will set us apart. It’s a privilege to do something so big, something na alam naming may matutunan kaming lessons about life in general. Hindi lang siya typical love story or soap na napapanood mo, kundi kami mismo bilang actor dapat handa kami sa gagawin naming roles.”