Jake Cuenca currently has his hands full taping for Maria Mercedes, promoting his new Skylight films movie Tuhog, and promoting his newest endorsement. Jake said he feels very blessed to be the first celebrity image model of My View, which manufactures TVs, tablets, and cellphones. “Every time na i-consider ako for an endorsement, it's very flattering. Kahit sino namang artista ma-fa-flatter sa ganun, for you to represent a product, a brand. At hindi na acting yun eh, mas personalidad mo na yun bilang tao,” he shared during his contract-signin for the brand held last June 28 at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City.
For his upcoming maindie movie Tuhog under Skylight films, Jake plays the role of a bus driver who falls for his female conductor played by Eugene Domingo. “Madami akong natutunan, every sequence nag-enjoy ako. Para kaming naglalaro the whole time. The thing about her is ma-cha-challenge ka eh kasi napakahusay niya talaga at kailangan mo talaga husayan kasi kung hindi, kailangan i-challenge mo din siya para mag enjoy din siya sa eksena. It's a dramedy. It’s a drama slash comedy. Masaya na nakasama ko siya sa mga eksena na comedy tapos medyo naipakita ko rin sa kanya yung kakayahan ko pagdating sa drama,” he revealed.
The 25-year-old actor said he and Eugene found it hard to shoot their intimate scenes at first. “Parehas kami nailang sa totoo lang (laughs). Parehas kami pero we hit it off right away. Day one pa lang, parang naging magkaibigan na kami agad and before this movie I never really met her. I was just a big fan of hers. So at first medyo na-starstruck talaga ako sa kanya pero eventually nag-enjoy ako sa experience na ito. There’s a fair amount of physical scenes na makikita niyo. Merong mga eksena sa kama. Siyempre magsyota kami dito, ano ba ginagawa ng mag-syota? (laughs). Alangan naman nag-ho-holding hands kami sa buong pelikula,” he admitted. When asked how it felt to do the kissing scenes with Eugene (who is more than 10 years his senior), Jake said it was not hard to do. “Masarap (laughs). Masaya naman,” he joked.
As a big fan of Eugene’s, Jake said he felt lucky to be paired with his acting idol. “It was also a huge honor to work with Eugene Domingo. Actually matagal ko ng gusto siyang makatrabaho. Para sa akin, isa siya sa pinakamahusay na aktres sa Pilipinas at ang dami kong natutunan at nag-enjoy ako. Sobrang fulfilling na nakagawa ako ng project with her. It was fun. Sobrang saya ng project na madami talaga akong natutunan, marami kaming eksenang napaglaruan. She's a phenomenal actress. I think she's one of the best actresses we have in the Philippines and it was really an honor to work with her. Sa uulitin sana talaga magkatrabaho kami ulit,” he admitted. If given the chance, the Maria Mercedes actor said he would not hesitate to do another project with her even if it required even more daring scenes. “Ako pa! (laughs) I don't limit myself, basta maganda ang material, basta tumagos sa puso ko yung script, kung ano man ang requirements, Makakamit ko yun,” he said.
Will billboards of his toned physique seen all over the city, Jake said he hopes the public will see him as more than just a hunk in Tuhog. He said his scenes with Eugene are not going to be all about sex. “Panuorin niyo na lang, madaming physical na eksena. Basta nagmamahalan kami dito. Bukod sa sexy sequences, ma-i-in love kayo sa characters namin dito kasi napakatotoo, very relatable,” he said.
Jake admitted he is proud of the ensemble acting in this project. “Hindi ko masasabing ako lang pero kaming lahat at yung pelikula as a whole, iba siya ibang experience makukuha niyo dito at I’m willing to bet na everyone who watches this movie will leave the theater with a smile,” he said.