Jomari Yllana reveals going through challenges when he shot the pilot week of 'Imortal.'
Jomari Yllana never had any hesitation about accepting the role of John Lloyd Cruz'rsquo;s father in the teleserye Imortal. Jomari told Push.com.ph that he was just very excited about the chance to work with John Lloyd, who is seven years younger. Jomari has previously played father to Anne Curtis in the teleserye Kampanerang Kuba.
In Imortal, Jomari'rsquo;s character Roman was last seen dueling with a vicious werewolf. He explained, "Namatay talaga 'lsquo;yung character ko. Pero babalik ako. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin nila pero babalik ako. Nung binubuo pa lang 'lsquo;yung kwento 'lsquo;yun na talaga ang napagusapang mangyayari sa character ko." Jomari is still waiting for word from Imortal'rsquo;s producers on when he will resume taping. For now he is busy shooting a movie directed by Marilou Diaz Abaya.
Jomari started shooting Imortal shortly after the burial of his brother Robbie Yllana who died of cardiac arrest. While still grieving, Jomari had to get back to work which also posed challenges for him physically. "Kasi sa bilang ko ng araw na na taping ko for the pilot week, 'lsquo;yung Monday to Friday na episodes, kung hindi ako nagkakamali mga 22 o 23 taping days ko ginawa. It was very, very short nung ipalabas pero nung i-shoot namin ang tagal. Iniiyakan ko na talaga 'lsquo;yung set. Mahirap 'lsquo;yung lugar, bundok. Sa Daranak Falls ata 'lsquo;yun. Kapag umulan dun, wala na. Na stranded nga kami ni Jake dun nung umulan. Karamihan pa ng mga location ko gubat. Ang call time ko alas siyete, matatapos ako alas sais. M-W-F 'lsquo;yun, T-TH-S naman ako sa Penafrancia."
But he instantly realized that all the hard work was worth it when the pilot week of Imortal scored big in the national TV ratings. "Pero makakalimutan mo rin lahat ng pagod. Sa una sasabihin mo hindi mo na kaya. Pero kapag umere na at mataas 'lsquo;yung ratings, maiisip mo na may napupuntahan naman pala ang lahat."