“'Yong bahay kasi namin dati, pinagtagpi-tagping yero lang."
This was the revelation of Hello, Stranger star JC Alcantara, who at the time was just starting to earn from his commercial gigs. He was 16.
In an interview with ANCX, JC shared that he used to take the bus from Nueva Ecija to Metro Manila to audition for commercials. He then landed his first television commercial stint for a fast food chain.
"No’ng pagbigay sa akin ng talent fee, binili ko agad ng TV. Surprise ko. Umiiyak sila, ‘Bakit may TV sa bus?’ Nagba-bus lang ako pauwi dati. Sarap ng feeling," he relayed.
When the projects kept coming in, JC built a house for his family a year after.
"Seventeen years old ako no’ng nagpagawa ako ng bahay. Sobrang tapang ko no’n. Wala namang kasiguraduhan na kikita pa ako," he relayed.
With his rising popularity because of Hello, Stranger, JC was asked how did his family react when they first knew about the project, which was a BL (Boy Love) themed series.
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“Sabi ko lang manood sila. Ayon, nagulat sila. Tumawag sila sa akin. ‘Uy…Si Tony pala ang ka-love-team mo dito?’ ‘Opo.’ Nagulat lang, pero support naman sila,” he shared.
JC admitted that he himself was surprised when he knew about his role in Hello, Stranger.
“Ito ang pinakauna kong nagawa na naka-love team ko ay same gender. Medyo naninibago rin ako pero nung binigay sa akin itong role na ‘to, nung inaral ko siya nalaman ko sobrang rom-com talaga siya na na-in love ako sa isang kagaya ko," he stated during the virtual press conference of the series.
JC added, "Kaya sobrang nakaka-excite rin para sa akin na gumanap ako ng ganitong role bilang actor kasi gagawin ko kahit anong role ibigay nila sa akin."