As the lone lead actor in the upcoming Viu Original series K-Love, Jake Cuenca said he really appreciated all the support he received from his female co-stars like Iza Calzado, Isabelle Daza, Sue Ramirez, and Gabby Padilla.
“I wasn’t exactly at my best when I accepted this project. Definitely, everyone was there for me in a sense that it was very much a very fun experience. Parang it took me away from a lot of the things that I was thinking of. I was very fortunate that I was cast in this because everyone was my friend. Belle is my friend and Iza is my friend. Sue we’re going to be working on a project together and then Gabby I know her through theater,” he shared during the K-Love press conference held last October 8 in Makati City.
Apart from K-Love, Jake revealed that his first experience with K-drama started more than a decade ago when he was cast in the Philippine remake of a South Korean series.
“I was fortunate enough to remake a K-drama a few years ago with Green Rose. The thing is, what’s amazing about this one is that it’s original and we’re representing the fans of K-drama and they’re going to be able to relate to us kasi. Like with my character, I’m discovering these things as they go so I’m watching this and it’s influencing my life and it’s changing the ways I’m going for Iza’s character. It pushes him to go for it so that’s what they’re going to see here,” he shared.
When he was first offered the role in K-Love, Jake said that working with a Hollywood level production crew was something he would never turn down.
“I didn’t really have much time to think about it (laughs). I did decide right away that I was going to do it. For me, it was easy to decide right away because I found the opportunity to work with directors from the states, with Corinna (Vistan), with Ian (Takahashi). I’m working with my love team Iza and with my friends and also with Sue who I’m working with another project together and Gabby from theater.
“So for me, when I saw all the pieces and the opportunity, it’s just trust. I just trusted them. But it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was going through a lot of things while I was doing this, but these girls, everyone, they really, really willed me to the finish line with this one. They really took care of me and it was worth my time. It really, really was,” he admitted.
In the series, Jake plays the role of Jay, the son of a wealthy tycoon and high school sweetheart of Iza Calzado’s character Tish.
“My first impression of Jay was he was such a nice guy. To be honest, my first impression of him was I saw my brother. Because my brother is the opposite of me. He’s nice, super conservative, smart guy and I saw my brother in him. Right away I loved him kasi I do love my brother and I really do appreciate his niceness and him being genuine and that’s what I got off Jay when I read the first few scripts,” he said.
But unlike his character, Jake shared that he never felt the need to step out of any shadows with his family.
“My family is very, very inclusive. Like my family has always been very supportive of my career and my dreams. I’ve been in a position like that before where you had to constantly prove yourself and I think every actor has been there. I think every actor has been in a position where no one believes in you and you got to believe in yourself. And before anyone else believes in you, you got to believe in yourself first,” he told PUSH.
K-Love stars Jake Cuenca, Iza Calzado, Sue Ramirez, Isabelle Daza, and Gabby Padilla. The series will be available for streaming on Viu starting October 14, Friday. Enjoy a wide variety of the latest Korean dramas and variety shows, anime, Thai, Japanese and Chinese dramas, Viu Originals and #TagDubonViu. Download the Viu app now and watch the best of premium Asian entertainment for free!