After starring in the TBA Studios’ film Dito at Doon, JC Santos said it was an important project to do despite the ongoing pandemic.
“Sobrang importante nitong pelikulang ito. Parang kailangan siya mapanuod ng mga tao eh. We really wanted to give people hope sa panahon na ‘to and I think dun na lang tayo nakakapit ngayon eh. We’re on survival mode di ba so parang naitawid ng pelikula namin yun,” he shared during the Dito at Doon thanksgiving party last May 12.
With the film still available for streaming online due to public demand, JC said he can’t help but still be hopeful that viewers can watch it on the big screen when all is safe again.
“Yes of course. Iba pa rin yung experience kapag nasa loob ka ng cinema. Ang sarap pa rin nun eh. Iba talaga yung nabibigay nun sa mga tao eh. At saka yung paglabas mo nung sinehan tapos sasabihin mo, ‘Uy, nag-enjoy ako dun ah. Ang sarap nun ah. Nasulit ko yung bayad ko,’ yung ganun. And iba yung ikaw yung spectator. I miss that feeling at sana bumalik na. Kung maisip nila na maipalabas sa sinehan feeling ko iba pa rin yung experience niya. Ganun pa din. As in mas malakas pa,” he explained.
During the online event, the 32-year-old actor shared what his biggest challenge has been in showbiz all these years.
“I’ve been acting since I was 16 so pinili ko talaga siya. Gusto ko talaga siya. Wala na akong ibang piniling course, as in rekta ako sa community theater from Pampanga to UP na mag Theater Arts and that’s what I’m going to do for the rest of my life, ganun. So I think ang pinakamahirap na nangyari sa akin sa screen is yung wala pang pandemya ha, ang sarap sarap gawin ng acting, ang sarap katrabaho ng mga tao, so walang tulog (laughs). Yun yung hindi ko kaya. Dun lang ako na-cha-challenge ng todo pagka kailangan namin mag-shoot ng ganitong oras, at the same time pupunta ka ng madaling araw or umaga. Yun lang eh, Pinag-usapan namin ito ni Iza (Calzado). Sabi niya, ‘This job is so much fun. this job is great and the people are great. But it’s just that walang tulog.’ So parang ang hirap. Yun lang yung challenge for me. Pero nag-e-enjoy ako the whole time. And the process,” he said.
JC said he and the rest of the cast make sure to read all the reviews of their film.
“I think hanggang ngayon yung pinag-uusapan pa rin namin, it’s a disaster movie ang sabi. Parang nagtago lang yung love story pero it really is kung anong nangyari habang pandemic. Ang daming possibility ng discussion nung pelikula eh. Ang dami puwedeng sides of stories tapos ang dami ring naiisip. Habang nagbabasa ka na nung ganun, nakikita mo na yung interpretation nila of the story, parang ang sarap tuloy panuorin ulit tapos nakikita mo yung side na sinasabi nila,” he said.
When asked about his favorite scene, JC said he enjoyed the scene where he was serenading leading lady Janine Gutierrez with a song. “Ang favorite ko yung harana scene. Gusto ko kasi yung transition na yun na alam mo na lumalalim na yung relationship just with a song, for the offering of a song. It’s such a sweet gesture na alam mo na na they’re taking it to the next level. At kapag nag-offer ka ng song parang you’re offering a piece of your soul so I think sobrang lalim sa akin ung eksenang yun kaya isa siya sa paborito ko,” he added.
Watch Dito at Doon on KTX, Cinema 76 @Home, iWantTFC, Ticket2Me, and Upstream. For international audiences, Dito at Doon (Here and There) is exclusive on TBA Play for a limited time only in USA, Canada, and select territories in Europe, Middle East, and North Africa.