Jake Cuenca relishes antagonist role in new series

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


JAKE Cuenca doesn't have qualms playing second fiddle to co-Kapamilya actor Coco Martin in new primetime series "Ikaw Lamang."

During the recent press launch of the new ABS-CBN series, entertainment reporters noticed how the table has turned between the two actors.

To recall, Cuenca was one of the lead star in 2009 series "Tayong Dalawa" opposite perennial love team Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu. Martin, during that time, played support to the three actors.

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Fast forward to 2014, Martin top bills the new primetime series while Cuenca now plays the antagonist role, which according to him, is no easy feat.

"Wala namang problema (kung support). Para na kaming magkapatid ni Coco. Ever since we have that kind of relationship. So, nung inoffer sa akin ito, excited ako na gawin ang project na ito kasi magkakatrabaho ulit kami ni Coco," he said.

Cuenca added that he shares a good working relationship with the actor.

"Nung inalok sa akin ito, hindi na ako nagdalawang isip. Kasi kaming dalawa pag nagka-eksena, we always push each other to the limit," he said.

The 26-year-old actor also shared that when Martin did the "Juan dela Cruz," he was tapped to play the antagonist role in the top-rating series but he didn't accept the project as he was still doing "Kahit Puso'y Masugatan" with Iza Calzado, Andi Eigenmann and Gabby Concepcion.

He said he is happy and excited to work again with Martin and Chui as the project serves as a mini-reunion of their "Tayong Dalawa" days. Cuenca is also looking forward to working with Julia Montes for the first time on the small screen.

The actor reiterated that he is not after for any title or accolades and he is after for roles that will leave a lasting mark to the audience.

"Ang sa akin, pag may offer na role at tumagos sa puso ko, gagawin ko yun. Walang problema sa akin kung bida, kontrabida, or ekstra. I just want to do my best and I want to keep being different in every project," he said.

"I just want to act, period. Gusto ko lang umarte. I like to do roles that break boundaries, provocative ones, and I'm always going to push for something different, always. I don't like doing same thing over and over again," he added.

Aside from the new series, Cuenca is also doing an independent movie, which is slated to be released in New York City. (Sunnex)

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