Christopher de Leon in a promotion photo for 'Ikaw Lamang'
MANILA -- Veteran actor Christopher de Leon has only good words for actor Jake Cuenca, who originally played Franco Hidalgo in Book 1 of the hit series "Ikaw Lamang."
As the soap opens a new chapter, De Leon will take over Cuenca's villain role.
"Kontrabida but he has the more complicated role para sa akin," the award-winning drama actor said of his character.
"He didn't know na hindi siya tunay na anak and he was rejected by the character of Kim (Chiu). And there's his lolo who's teaching him to be this kind of a person. Ang daming (layer). Sabi ko he's a good guy; ang galing, galing niya. I don't know kung paano ko gagawin yon," de Leon said. "It's an honor to be part of this show. Nasubaybayan ko din naman ang teleserye,"
De Leon also praised Cuenca's performance on the show.
"Actually naging fan ako ng character ni Franco also. I was watching 'yung performance ni Jake as Franco, it was so intense. Sabi ko, 'Paano nagagawa ng bata ito?' Parang ang sakit sa ulo. Nakakapagod ang ginagawa ng batang ito," he said.
"I have to tame it a little. 'Yun ang instructions sa amin sa grupo, smooth muna sa umpisa and we will build up. I'm sure Franco will go berserk," he added.