Enchong Dee said that it was really a dream come true for him to work with Tuhog co-star Eugene Domingo. He revealed that she became one of his favorite actresses ever since he saw the movie Ang Tanging Ina. But now that they’ve gotten to know each other, he feels blessed because he found a friend in Eugene. “I know nagkaroon ako ng someone who can guide me or I can ask questions from her anytime regarding our work, na mas may alam sa craft mo at hindi ka lolokohin. Kapag pangit ang gawa mo, sasabihin niya agad. Kung maganda iku-compliment ka niya. Kahit pakabig lang yung friendship namin, puro papunta sa akin, tinatanggap niya ako bilang kaibigan,” he said in an interview with Push.com.ph at the ABS-CBN compound last Tuesday, July 9.
Eugene, who was also present during the interview, added that she encourages Enchong to practice his versatility as an actor. “Kasi yun ang problema niya. Minsan, ‘Bakit ganon teenager pa rin ang tingin nila sa akin?’ Eh si Enchong naman nasa tamang edad na to tackle more mature roles. In fact, marami na rin siya na-experience sa buhay. Given his talent and looks, mas marami siyang roles na pwedeng gampanan na mapapakita niya yung totoo niyang talent. Manager niya ako noh,” the comedienne cheerfully stated.
In Tuhog, Enchong plays the role of a teenager who’s torn between staying faithful to his girlfriend who’s based in the province or losing his virginity to a girl due to peer pressure. He shared that he easily identified with his character because he had similar issues during his teenage years. “I have to be honest na lahat ng lalaki bago lumabas sa pagka puberty dadaan sa pagka-maniac stage. Pero during high school years, tumatakbo sa utak natin yun minsan sa school or minsan sa bahay. Yun ang subject ng utak natin—losing our virginity, is it still an issue losing our virginity, makakasabay ka ba sa mga kaibigan mo while everyone is losing their virginity, if you’re left out… Madali daanan yun kasi napagdaanan ko na. pero I think everyone especially sa mga older batch makakarelate kasi napagdaanan na nila yun, yung excitement to lose their virginity.”
Asked if losing his virginity is an issue for him, he easily replied, “Hindi kasi 2014 na. Ewan ko ha. Personally, I believe na bawat tao may ibang paniniwala. Siguro, kung paano mo lang iha-handle dun lang magiging issue.”
While some people believe in reserving their first kiss until marriage like a few celebrity couples, Enchong said that he has a different take on the matter. “Naniniwala ako na dapat may experience kayo before para matest ni’yo yung relationship niyo. Para hindi nagkakaproblema kapag kasal na kayo.”