In his current role as Jake Pineda in the drama series Ang sa Iyo ay Akin, Grae Fernandez said that he and his love team partner Kira Balinger really appreciate all the messages from citizens on social media supporting their onscreen pairing.
“For me it is really heartwarming. Magugustuhan talaga nila yung lives ng characters na ito na nag-relate talaga sila. Kumbaga naaapektuhan sila ng characters na ito in a deeper way. Yun yung na-appreciate ko talaga. Alam ko na kapag may nangyaring masama sa character ko or sa character ni Kira, parang na-a-affect talaga sila sa nangyayari sa amin so that’s very nice to see and to hear,” he shared.
The 19-year-old Kapamilya actor said that he was confident to return to work during the pandemic because of all the strict safety protocols from ABS-CBN management.
“It’s about building the camaraderie and trust for everyone, sinabi nga ni direk na everyone talaga is not just taking care of themselves, pero taking care of others. Kasi kapag may isang nag-positive or merong nagkasakit, mag-shu-shut down kami ng taping to inspiect talaga kung merong nagkasakit. So we just have to take care of each other talaga and always follow the rules in place na binigay sa amin. So dapat walang matigas ang ulo. Thankfully lahat kami nagagwa naman yun,” he explained.
With his love team with Kira gaining more and more popularity throughout the series, Grae credits their Ang sa Iyo ay Akin directors FM Reyes and Avel E. Sunpongco as well as the show’s production staff for their strong onscreen chemistry.
“Yung job kasi ng actor for this type of thing, siguro mga 40% lang. Kasi for me talaga, the writers and the directors, napaka-importante talaga for chemistry to work out. So makikita niyo yung mga nangyayari sa scene, parang collaboration naming lahat, with me and Kira of course. But nandudun rin yung mga director namin, parang mga coach yun sa isang team na this is the game plan na kailangan natin gawin. Dahil binigyan kami ng insight na napakaganda and klaro na para sa aming dalawa eh sobrang dali na lang ng dapat namin gawin kumbaga,” he said.