Jason Francisco wants to keep it professional if ever he will be required to do a kissing with his crush Maja Salvador.
Never in Jason Francisco’s life did he ever imagine that he would meet his showbiz crush Maja Salvador, let alone work with her in a teleserye. Now the Pinoy Big Brother Double Up Third Big Placer, together with his real life “sweety pie” Melai Cantiveros, are part of Precious Hearts Romances presents Impostor top-billed by Maja and Sam Milby. Jason said that as part of the TV drama, he will do his best so as not to be an embarrassment to Maja. “Sobrang masaya po ako kasi noong una hindi ko naman inakala na makakasama ko ‘yan si Maja Salvador. Ngayon nakasama ko na. Kung ano na lang ‘yung gustong ipagawa sa akin ni Direk, gagawin ko ng best ko para rin mapasaya ko si Maja.”
In Impostor, Jason plays Popoy, a barrio boy who romantic feelings for his best friend Devin, played by Melai. When Devin encounters an accident and undergoes plastic surgery to look like super model Mariz, played by Maja, Popoy is devastated. Jason was asked if he would be thrilled should he be asked to do a kissing scene with his long-time crush. “Hindi ko pa po mararamdaman ‘yan sa ngayon. Baka sa mismong eksena ko na maramdaman. Baka hindi rin. Siyempre dapat sa ganun trabaho lang dapat. Hindi ko pa alam. Bahala si Direk, baka maglagay siya ng kissing scene,” he replied.
For now the 22-year-old Mindoreño is just thankful that his big time co-stars Sam and Maja went out of their way to make him and Melai feel comfortable as part of the Impostor cast. Jason shared that Sam and Maja are now treating him like a longtime friend. “Bago nagsimula ang taping, nag-bonding muna kami lahat. Lumabas kami magkakasama, sa mall, para hindi na kami magkahiyaan. Maraming salamat sa kanila kasi sila na ‘yung gumawa ng paraan para hindi na kami mahiya sa kanila, kahit ngayon e konti nahihiya pa rin kami. Nawala na rin ‘yung sobrang pagkahiya. Feeling namin parang matagal na kami magkasama.”
Jason also confessed that he never aspired to become an actor. If he had, he would’ve participated in more school plays back when he was still a student. “Kung alam ko lang po noon na maga-acting ako dapat sana ‘yung mga play sa school e sinulit ko na. Kapag may mga palabas na ganun hindi talaga ako na-attend dahil ayaw na ayaw ko ng mga ganun. Sana sumali na lang pala ako. Magagamit ko pala.”
Nevertheless, after putting his heart in and mind on the workshop as preparation for Impostor, Jason was able to give justice to his role as Popoy, much to the satisfaction of Direk Jerome Pobocan. The director shared, “I found it challenging when I was told na makakasama sina Melai and Jason, noong kino-conceptualize pa ‘yung show. Of course hindi pa sila mga actor. They’re newcomers. Pero makikita niyo naman they’re very competent in the craft. They were able to perform. Medyo mahirap nung umpisa pero kinaya naman.”
Get the chance to chat with Jason and Melai on Tuesday, May 25, at 4 pm (Philippine time) on www.ABS-CBN.com