MANILA - Actor John Lloyd Cruz was surprised when his newest leading lady, Jennylyn Mercado, said that they worked together over a decade ago.
Mercado, who stars in the upcoming romantic film "Just the 3 of Us" with Cruz, revealed that she had a scene with the actor in the ABS-CBN series "Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay" aired from 2002 to 2003.
This was way before Mercado joined and won the talent competition Starstruck, which catapulted her to fame.
"Ikaw ang kaeksena ko, hindi mo maalala?" Mercado told Cruz, who was visibly surprised.
Mercado recalled that she worked as an extra during the show: "Kasi, nag-extra ako dati. Tinawagan ako ng manager ko, [sabi niya] baka pwede kang mag-extra sa soap nila Bea (Alonzo), 'yung Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay.' Eh wala akong alam, hindi talaga ako umaarte, wala akong alam. Tapos [sabi ko] sige, subukan ko lang."
"May kissing scene pa nga tayo doon," she reminded Cruz.
Cruz, who obviously forgot about his first encounter with Mercado, explained: "Grabe, ang hirap doon sa show na 'yon. Parang every taping day pang-MMK (drama) ang ginagawa ko. Masyadong intense 'yung show."
"Hahanapin ko 'yon sa iWant TV," he assured the actress.
Mercado then quipped: "Oo, iba pa itsura ko noon, mahaba na maitim ang buhok. Tapos medyo morena ako. Ngayon kasi, medyo maputi na ako."
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, "Just The 3 Of Us" will hit theaters nationwide on April 27.
Watch Mercado's revelation in the video below.