AJ Perez talks about being paired with Jessy Mendiola and their first onscreen kiss.
Many were surprised when the very wholesome AJ Perez went daring in the teleserye Sabel together with his leading lady Jessy Mendiola. The trailers have shown some of their intimate scenes together, but the 17-year-old stressed that he still has limitations when it comes to being sexy on screen. "I think may ginawa na ako sa movie na Cinco na naka-boxers ako. So kumbaga this is like a second experience for me. Sa five years ko sa showbiz, ngayon lang talaga ako tumanggap ng big project kasi school is very important for me. But of course yung pagiging daring, ayoko naman ipakita lahat so may limit pa rin."
When asked how he prepared for his first kiss with Jessy, AJ admitted that he ate lots of mints before taping their intimate scenes for Sabel. "Ayoko naman mapahiya kay Jessy. Nag-gum talaga ako ng marami habang nagpra-practice ng lines ko. I'rsquo;ve done yung mga smack lang sa guestings sa movie or Your Song. Pero ito yung masasabi ko na medyo passionate at si Jessy talaga yung very first girl na nahalikan ko onscreen. Sa totoong buhay, to be honest, I'rsquo;ve had some relationships. I think normal lang naman 'lsquo;yan sa isang teenager so may experience na din ako," he added with a laugh.
Although they seem to get along really well, AJ maintained that he doesn'rsquo;t have to be romantically involved with Jessy for their love team to work. "When you work with someone, tapos meron kayong mga intimate scenes, may eighty percent chance na magka-developan kayo kasi you see each other everyday. Kami ni Jessy naman, we'rsquo;re really good friends and we'rsquo;ve been working together since About Ur Luv (2006). But for now, I guess pareho kami na focus muna sa work. We'rsquo;re just enjoying each other'rsquo;s company."
AJ did not deny, however, that it'rsquo;s easy to fall for someone like Jessy who'rsquo;s not only pretty, but also very caring towards the people around her. "Si Jessy physically napakaganda niya at sexy. Funny rin siya, mahilig mag-joke kaya there'rsquo;s no dull moment with her. And I like the fact na she'rsquo;s very respectful to her mom kasi kasama niya mom niya sa set. She makes sure that her mom'rsquo;s being taken care of. I can see that she'rsquo;s a good daughter and a good friend as well."
As for the pressure for them to become as successful as Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee'rsquo;s love team, AJ said that he and Jessy will try their best to wow the Kapamilya viewers via Sabel. "Depende naman 'lsquo;yan kung paano kami tatanggapin ng tao at kung paano namin ibibigay lahat sa kanila. Kailangan lang ipakita namin na ready kami for this dahil binigyan kami ng manag