“Should he come back, of course, I will take a backseat. And this is his show. Di ko naman pwedeng ariin to eh. We are all just soldiers here. We are all just part of the cast.”
Since John Lloyd Cruz’s sudden leave of absence in his sitcom Home Sweetie Home, there were a lot of speculations that Piolo Pascual’s entry serves as the actor’s replacement, but the truth of the matter is that his character is a recurring role that he has to assume again as John Paul ‘JP’ Valentino.
“Wala naman kasing replacement na nangyari. It was more on… when Lloydie’s character disappeared, they asked me to pinch-hit or to guest; continuing the character that I did for the show before. Yun lang,” Piolo shares.
He further describes his stint in the show as, “I’ve always wanted to do something lighter para lang maiba. It’s something different. Para ka lang nagpahinga. Nakaka-relax and since it’s a departure from the heaviness of a movie set or TV set. I won’t say it’s a walk-in-the-park kasi meron ka pa ring kailangang ibigay na emosyon. Pero masarap siya, bukod sa studio lang siya, di siya mainit, there’s so much camaraderie and you know when I came in it’s already a family. Para ka lang nakisali sa isang pamilya na bumu-buo at maganda yung samahan.”
Prior to proceeding with the show, he did attempt to contact John Lloyd, “Nag-text ako sa kanya,” he reveals, “pero siguro di na rin niya natanggap. Di pa kami nakapag-usap ever para pasintabi para walang anu…”
As an addition to the cast, he is glad that he took on the assignment, “I guess it was management’s directive. Di naman siya mahirap, di rin naman siya nakasagabal sa sched. Nai-enjoy ko siya as we were going along.”
As JP, Piolo stresses to the avid supporters of the Toni-Lloydie tandem that his character is not a replacement. And his inclusion is not a “big deal.”
“It’s not about me. It’s the show. It’s about them. Hindi naman nagwu-work ang story nyo, hindi naman about the actors eh. Hindi naman to about kung sinong pumasok at sinong natanggal… kung solid kayo. We’re talking about four years. Ang pagpasok ko dito, dinagdag lang naman ako. Di ko naman pinalitan si Lloydie. Kinakausap pa rin siya ni Tine every end of the episode,” he explains.
“They still focused on the family. It’s nice. It’s a typical Filipino journey. OFW siya (Lloydie) tapos yung asawa niya… at marami pa niyang pwedeng puntahan,” he adds.
But when asked if his character and Toni would have the possibility of falling for each other, he points his answer to the very core of the show, “Sad to say, very conservative pa rin tayo when it comes to values so there are things na di mo pwedeng ipakita sa audience. We have to respect all family traditions and values. It’s very experiential as we go along pero relatable.”
Meanwhile, Piolo’s romantic-comedy series Since I Found You will be aired soon, and this time he will be joined by Arci Muñoz, Empoy Marquez, JC de Vera and Alessandra de Rossi; and to be directed by Antoinette Jadaone.
In the new sitcom, the character of Rufa Mae Quinto (Lia) is smitten on his character, but whenever he’s in a scene where the comedienne has to crack jokes; he had to control himself from bursting into laughter, which the comedy actress describes as someone who’s really serious of his craft.
“Eh yun yung character eh, di pwede eh. May mga parameters tayo,” he defends the nature of his character. “Pag tumawa ka, uulitin mo pa rin. Eh di gawin mo na ng maayos. Para mas magandang ang take one para dire-derecho, di ba?”