Sam Milby, who admitted he was courting Jessy Mendiola, could have a rival in the person of Jake Cuenca. In an interview during the blogger’s conference of Maria Mercedes, Jake addressed the matter. “Well, kung sa show mapapanood niyo na pinag-aagawan si Maria Mercedes, eh hindi naman malabo mangyari ‘yan kay Jessy Mendiola, kasi iisa lang naman sila. Ang sa akin, may the best man win,” he remarked.
It was reported that the two actors clashed during the recent Star Magic Ball because of Sam’s overprotectiveness of the actress. But Jake clarified that he’s friends with Sam. The Maria Mercedes actor couldn’t see any reason though not to court Jessy if he wants to. “Di ba she's still single, so wala pa tayo sa finals,” Jake briefly stated.
More than anything else, Jake is focused on his upcoming Kapamilya teleserye. “It’s really a homecoming to be back as the leading man again. Siyempre the last soaps that I did medyo offbeat din ‘yung role ko sa Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo at Kahit Puso’y Masugatan. So you know this is where I started and I’m really happy na they gave me a role like this,” he said.
On the preparations that he had to do for the soap, Jake shared, “I think I had to get in touch again with me being matinee idol, more or less, because in Cinemalaya, I played the rapist in the movie. In Lihis (his recent indie movie) I played the gay military person so more or less I really need to know myself again and more or less bring it that way.”
He relayed that his role in Maria Mercedes is very close to his personality. “Sa akin naman the role is very close to home, the role is very close to my personality, so more or less, the most challenging part is to make it different lang. [I had to do] slight changes and I just got back to my Spanish roots in terms of passion and all of that.”
Jake also expressed his gratitude to all those who watched his indie movie Lihis and for the great feedback that he has received. “Sobrang saya and thankful to everyone who watched it and still watching it and sobrang salamat sa lahat ng reviews. Thank you so much to everyone for all the tweets and the compliments. And sobrang I'm proud of it kasi it's an indie pero ‘yung feeling ng para siyang mainstream kasi pinag-uusapan siya.”
When asked if he’s going to do more indie films in the future, the actor relayed, “Yeah definitely, icha-challenge ko pa talaga sarili ko to do more shows like that kasi kasama na ‘yan sa pagiging aktor. That's one of the best things I want to do. Gusto ko iba't ibang roles talaga and sometimes you get those roles in indie so ako I’ll never stop doing it.”