Jake Zyrus remarked that being able to open up about his mental illness is one of the highlights of doing his award-winning documentary Jake and Charice.
“I think isa 'yun sa pinakagusto kong part kasi kahit paano, nai-share ko, nai-open ko ng konti 'yung issues ko regarding depression, bullying. We talked about those as well. 'Yun din 'yung naging malaking parte ng buhay ko,” he said in an interview with Monster RX 93.1.
Jake said that he wants to share through the documentary that as public figures, they also face challenges that normal people encounter.
“Hindi pa rin naman siya tumitigil. Hanggang ngayon nandiyan pa rin iyan. Isa 'yun sa gusto kong mapag-usapan. 'Yun ang logic na gusto ko mabago hindi lang dito sa atin kundi sa ibang place din na kahit na public figure tayo, we are still human. We are all the same,” he said.
The documentary bagged an award at the US International Film and Video Festival last June. The singer remarked it is always such an honor to bring recognition to the Philippines.
“I always say naman na whatever it is na naa-achieve ko, siyempre I am a Filipino. Siyempre they are from other countries, the first thing na maiisip nila is where I come from. I am a Filipino. I am really happy na kapag nangyayari 'yung mga ganung recognition, dinadala mo 'yung Pilipinas. I try to bring honor to the Philippines,” he stated.
Jake and Charice was produced by Japan's national broadcasting organization NHK in cooperation with ABS-CBN.
“Why did Charice choose to live as Jake? How did his family and other people dear to him react? NHK documented Jake’s life and new challenges, his joys and sorrows, and the journey he took to finding his own voice. We hope the documentary will be watched by a wide range of viewers including those who are not interested in gender issues,” the synopsis of the documentary read on the International Film and Video Festival's website.