Currently seen in the daytime television series Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin as the strict father of Jake Cuenca, Michael De Mesa admitted he was happy to bring to life his newest role. “Ako dito si Roman Dela Vega, isang multi-millionaire na meron akong private plane. Wife ko dito si Ms. Ayen Laurel and anak namin si Jake Cuenca. Pero meron yang twist sa end na ikagugulat ninyong lahat dahil ikinagulat naming lahat din,” he shared.
Michael said he first worked with Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson in the 2007 series Sana Maulit Muli and he has watched them transform into talented actors. “Sa first teleserye ni Gerald at saka ni Kim kasama ako. I’m so amazed na nakita ko yung growth nila pareho as actors lalo na si Gerald kasi nung first hindi marunong mag-Tagalog yan eh. Pero ngayon yung growth, yung pagiging comfortable niya in speaking Tagalog at saka yung depth niya as an actor napapa-stare na lang ako. Ganun din si Kim although si Kim bungisngis, madaling patawanin. Pero pagka-nag focus na, it’s a very, very big change from the first time we worked together to where they’re at now as actors. I’m grateful and thankful to ABS-CBN that I’m back after eight years. Maganda rin yung welcome na binigay nila sa akin with two shows. Sobrang grateful ako. Thank you also na dito ako nailagay kasi feeling parang bahagi din ako ng Kimerald kahit papaano,” he shared.
The veteran actor also praised the show’s younger lead stars for the energy they give to the show. “If you compare how they were when they were starting and where they’re at now, leaps and bounds talaga. They have both matured, they have a grasp of the craft and they know their characters very well. And I really enjoy doing my scenes with Jake. Most of my scenes so far have been with Jake and Ayen. But with my scenes with Jake, I feel a certain energy that he gives na he has a certain style na pag hindi mo nasakyan hindi mo mahuhuli. Kumbaga he gives a lot kasi acting is acting and reacting. I only react to what he gives kaya nagiging interesting yung mga eksena namin. And then with Gerald naman we’ve had a few scenes pa lang but I can already tell, I’ve seen the growth already. Malayo na. Leaps and bounds talaga,” he explained.