As the star of the upcoming Regal Films project Finding You, Jerome Ponce revealed he is doing a lot of firsts in this movie, apart from having two leading ladies in Barbie Imperial and Jane Oineza.
“Exciting ito kasi first time kong mag-ta-topless, first time ko magkakaroon ng ewan ko, bed scene ba tawag dun? Pero ito, very wholesome naman siya,” he shared during the Finding You grand media conference.
Jerome said he has worked with both actresses before which made it easier to have onscreen chemistry with them for the film.
“Second time na namin ni Barbie, may Ipaglaban Mo kami before na may eksena na parang magkasintahan kami, namatay siya at ako ang nasisi. Chill lang kami nun. Hindi pa kami ganun ka-close dati pero nag-uusap kami. Asaran lang pero ngayon pagdating sa work eventually dumating yung point na parang okay kami.
"Until sinabi na lang nila direk, ‘Alam mo okay kayo. Ang galing niyo dun ah. Parang, matagal na ba kayong magka-work?’ So natuwa ako na parang yung mga ganung tao na nagkakaroon kayo ng connection sa trabaho like sa amin ni Jane. Okay si Barbie ka-trabaho,” he shared.
The actor admitted he used to be intimidated doing scenes with Jane back when they were working together on the 2015 soap Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita.
“Honestly, sobrang na-excite ako dito dahil makakatrabaho ko si Jane. Inaamin ko, nung dating trabaho namin, hindi ako yung standard ko ngayon pagdating sa trabaho. As in walang wala ako dati. Masasabi kong bobo (ako). Nilalamon niya ako dati. Nilalamon niya ako bilang isang artista. Aminado ako dun. Hindi niyo man nakita, sa akin alam ko yun eh. Dati wala akong kaalam alam. Lamon na lamon ako. Jane Oineza is an actress,” he stated.
In the film, which is also his first solo lead project, Jerome plays the role of Nel, a young man who is afflicted with hyperthymesia, which is the opposite of amnesia. He is on a quest to find the love of his life with the help of his childhood best friend Kit (played by Jane) while Barbie plays one of his ex-girlfriends, who broke his heart.
In real life, Jerome said he would have a hard time choosing which of the two actresses he would go for in real life.
“Puwede bang both? May iba’t ibang reason ako sa kanila eh. First of all si Jane she knows a lot in life. May diskarte, lahat. Matured na matured si Jane. Kaya niyang pangmatagalan talaga. Hindi ko sinasabing hindi ganun si Barbie.
"Kay Barbie naman the other way around, parang something new, she’s the kind of girl na alam mong hindi ka niya iiwanan basta panindigan mo. So I’d want kahit sino man sa kanila at saka alam mo sa kanila na marunong sila magtiwala,” he remarked.