Playing the role of Paulo Avelino’s best friend and rival in love in the new teleserye Marry Me, Marry You, Jake Ejercito said he had to go through a lot of adjustments during their first lock-in taping cycle. The 31-year-old actor admitted working with veteran stars on the new soap also helped him a lot with his acting debut.
“Considering that it’s my first teleserye, it’s like being on a brand new planet for me! Everything’s new. And undeniably the first few days the jitters were there, nangangapa pa the first few taping days. But I’m so blessed to be part of this project with such an amazing cast. Everyone from the directors to everyone behind the camera, everyone’s been so encouraging and supportive. Siguro kung may isang lesson akong natutunan, I got this from Ms. Pie (Picache) and Ms. Sunshine (Dizon), it’s to be real and true to your character.”
As the son of actor turned politician Joseph “Erap” Ejercito and former actress Laarni Enriquez, Jake said he also received some tips for showbiz from his dad before they started working on Marry Me, Marry You earlier this year.
“Unfortunately my dad hasn’t seen any rushes form the show but he has given me a lot of advice. One is to always use your eyes to express and siyempre si daddy 1960s, 1970s pa siya so medyo old school din yung mga advice sa akin minsan sasabihin niya, ‘Kaibiganin mo yung mga cameraman para maganda yung mga anggulo mo (laughs) or sikuhin mo yung leading man para medyo umangat ka ng konti,’ mga ganun. Very old school,” he said.
During the recent mediacon for the series, Jake said he is excited for fans to watch him act for the very first time alongside Janine Gutierrez and Paulo Avelino.
“Without giving away too much, I start off as BFF nung character ni Paulo and I also work for him in his tech company hanggang dumating yung character ni Janine and then medyo ma-te-test yung friendship namin ni Paulo. And I guess the rest kailangan niyo na lang abangan siguro (laughs),” he added.