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Jake Cuenca on accepting a father role: ‘Hindi siya within my comfort zone’

‘Viral Scandal’ actor Jake Cuenca shares how he prepared for the role of mayor Troy Ramones in the new primetime teleserye.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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11/22/2021 11:56 AM
Jake Cuenca on accepting a father role: ‘Hindi siya within my comfort zone’
Photo credit to @juancarloscuenca Instagram

After almost two decades of being in the entertainment industry, actor Jake Cuenca said that new series Viral Scandal is the first time he has ever accepted a father role to an adult.

“Siguro ang pinaka challenging for me kasi, aaminin ko nung unang inalok sa akin yung role, I really, really had to think about it really well kasi maraming firsts for me eh, kasi siyempre father role na mas matanda na yung daughters ko and then also nung nag-usap na kami ni direk Dado (Lumibao) parang challenge siya eh, hindi siya within my comfort zone na role. Hindi siya yung typical na spoonfed na bigay sa akin lahat ng plot and everything. I really, really had to create a character from scratch. Sabi ko nga nung tinanggap ko na siya, tumingin ako sa salamin tapos inayos ko ng konti yung buhok ko tapos sinabi ko sa reflection ko, ‘Papaano ko gagawin ’to?’ So maganda rin naman kasi we were blessed with time eh. Kumbaga when pinitch sa amin ito, we had a lot of time to prepare,” he shared. 

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In Viral Scandal, Jake plays the role of mayor Troy Ramones who is the ex-flame of Kakay Sicat (played by Dimples Romana) and is the biological father of Rica (Charlie Dizon).

“I am married to the character played by Maxene Magalona. We have a clan called the Ramones clan who is very powerful in Sidero. There’s things in my past na hindi ko mabitawan. There’s things in my past na gusto ko bumawi sa mga kasalanan ko in the past which dun niyo makikita kung paano ako nakadugtong sa Sicat family. Makikita niyo yung drama between the Sicat family and the Ramones family at kung paano magtahi tahi yung kuwento namin. Yung pamilya kasi ng Ramones is a proud political family. Si Troy yung nag-iisang may gustong itama lahat ng mga naging mali sa family niya. So makikita niyo yan sa Viral Scandal,” he explained. 

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To prepare for his role, Jake shared how he got into the mindset of a public official.

“I took on a lot of political books from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration hanggang kay Biden and Trump at the same time tiyinaga ko panuorin ulit yung Senate hearing ng ABS-CBN. Isa siyang bagay na alam na alam ko kung ano yung pinag-uusapan so naka-relate ako agad.  Hanggang sa ngayon, before dumating sa set naririnig nila nanunuod ako ng Senate hearing habang tumatakbo sa umaga (laughs). Exciting siya. Parang nung inalok sa akin ito, I couldn’t ask for more kasi sobrang blessed ko to be working with this group of people kasi hindi rin naging madali sa akin itong last cycle eh,” he said.

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Jake was also thankful that the working atmosphere on the show has been positive for him every time they go into lock-in taping.

“We really do feel the love, no matter what happens. Itong cast namin. We came into this cycle as strangers. We barely knew each other and then ang nakikita mo lang sa papel yung relationship mo with all these people. But  after one cycle, we left as a family. I can really say na for everyone in the cast, lahat ng tao dito, I can personally say that they’re very supportive and very loving individuals,” he added. 

Viral Scandal stars Charlie Dizon, Joshua Garcia, Jake Cuenca, Dimples Romana, Miko Raval, Jameson Blake, Markus Paterson, Ria Atayde, Maxene Magalona, Aljon Mendoza, Karina Bautista, Louise Abuel, Kaila Estrada,Vance Larena, Gian Magdangal, Arielle Roces, and Aya Fernandez. Watch it on Kapamilya Channel, TV5, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV.