After working during the ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) on the digital film Love Lockdown earlier this year, Jake Cuenca followed it up with the twin-bill iWant TFC film Sitsit where he stars in the episode Scorpio
“Siyempre nakaka-miss din yung dati pero may pros din. As an actor, at least naka-lock-in ka, naka-focus ka lang talaga sa trabaho. Or kunwari kung gusto mo i-method yung role na ginagawa mo, you just wanted to stay in character the whole time, puwede mo gawin. Walang break kumbaga dire-dire-diretso kayo. And also yung isang pro din is yung working hours ngayon mas okay din. We’re just working 14 hours a day. Strikto sila with the protocols and everything. Siyempre pag umaalis ka ngayon for lock-in may sepanx, iiwan mo yung mahal mo, or iiwan mo yung pamilya mo. May separation anxiety talaga. Pero as an actor, parang marami rin talagang pros yung new normal for me,” he admitted
With its sexy horror theme, Jake shared why he was not intimidated by the script. “I knew what I was signing up for right away. I knew what the project demanded. But at the same time, I really trusted Dreamscape. They always give me nothing but good roles and at the same time, I also wanted to work with direk Ato (Bautista) and it was a very good opportunity to do so. Hindi naman masyado naging challenging. It was very fun to play around in the set,” he recalled.
In Scorpio, named after the Zodiac sign, Jake and co-star Dido Dela Paz both portray Danny, a lustful aging photographer who fears living a lonely life with no one to love. To get the woman he loves and is obsessed with, he takes a mysterious potion that will turn him into a young handsome man to win her heart. Playing Dido’s dark side was the acting challenge for Jake who said he enjoyed playing a scary monster.
“Medyo nakakatakot talaga. I would say really to the highest level kasi na-obsess siya with his fantasies to the point na nakakasakit na siya ng iba, inaabuso na niya yung potion na ininom niya. In a way, parang kung pagdating sa acting, yes we took it to the extremes. Nung umabot kami sa pinaka climax ng story, it was very, very intense,” he shared.
Scorpio is directed by Ato Bautista, while Aswang is directed by Erin Pascual and co-produced by Paulo Avelino.
Catch Sitsit on the iWant TFC app (iOS and Android) or on iwanttfc.com starting October 31.