'Sir Chief' on leading lady: 'We have a real friendship'
MANILA, Philippines -- Although he has yet to film the first kiss of Sir Chief and Maya in "Be Careful With My Heart," Richard Yap already has a vision of how the scene may unfold.
|Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap. File photo
After the "first hug" that became a trending topic on micro-blogging site Twitter last Tuesday, the next milestone in the relationship of the series' lead characters may not come anytime soon. But Yap, who plays Sir Chief, has pitched in an idea for his character's first kiss with the energetic nanny portrayed by Jodi Sta. Maria.
"Iyon ang dapat nilang abangan. Hindi pa [nate-tape]. I think it would be a tender shot, hindi naman pwede kaagad torrid sa amin," Yap said, laughing, when asked how he prefers the scene to go.
"It would be in a tender way, I think. And maybe it could be an accident. I don't know. It depends on the director. Tingnan natin kung paano niya gagawin," the 45-year-old actor told ABS-CBN News on Thursday.
Now the undisputed No. 1 daytime program on local TV, "Be Careful With My Heart" tells the story of aspiring flight attendant Maya, who leaves the province for Manila to pursue her dreams. Her life plan takes a detour when she becomes the maid of the family of single dad and businessman Richard Lim (Yap), for whom she later develops romantic feelings.
Since it began its run in July last year, the "kilig-serye" directed by Mervyn Brondial and Jeffrey Jeturian has been extended to air until June. Originally, it was to air its final episode in February.
Currently, the series' nationwide TV rating, based on data from multinational market research group Kantar Media, is at par with its counterparts aired during ABS-CBN's primetime block.
In the upcoming 2013 New York Festival's World's Best Television & Films competition, the series is a finalist in the "Telenovela" category.
Asked on the reason behind the massive success of "Be Careful With My Heart," Yap said, "The good thing about it is puro magaganda 'yung pinakapakita namin, at puro magaganda 'yung nafi-feel ng mga tao. I think entertainment should be like that. They should be entertained, they shouldn't have problems in mind when they watch the show."
"I think it surprised a lot of people because they didn't expect that someone from different age groups na magkaroon ng ganoong chemistry," he said.
Even off-camera, Yap said he and the 30-year-old Sta. Maria have chemistry, but only as friends. A former businessman in Cebu, Yap is married and with two children. Sta. Maria, meanwhile, is rumored to be in a relationship with actor Jolo Revilla.
"We're a very happy set. We're always joking around on set, actually. We usually share food, we buy food. Usually nagke-kwentuhan din kami between takes, unless one of us is resting," Yap said, referring to his leading lady.
"Pero as much as possible, we're together in the tent or the standby area, so we have a lot of time to talk. You can call it a real friendship," he said.