MANILA – Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara turned candid when they were asked if it is possible for them to fall in love with the characters they play opposite with in the BL series “Hello Stranger.”
In an interview with Toni Gonzaga for “I Feel U,” Labrusca said this is inevitable if an actor does not separate his character from his true self.
“Kasi as an actor, means kapag sobrang invested ka sa role mo, baka minsan you lose your sense of self. Kasi some people go overboard with their character,” he explained.
“Siguro ang importante, if you don’t want to lose your sense of self, you need to keep going back to your core so that you can separate your character from yourself. Kasi that’s very possible naman eh if you’re always immersed in being in love with this person,” he added.
Alcantara, for his part, said love is a feeling one can’t control when it comes.
“Para sa akin kasi, si Mico dito, straight siya pero hindi niya inaakala na mai-in love siya sa isang kagaya ni Xavier. Hindi rin natin alam yung universe or yung tadhana na someday if ma-meet ko yung kagaya ni Tony na ma-in love ako sa kanya, kasi hindi mo naman mapipigilan yung feelings na ma-in love ka eh lalo na kapag napalapit ka sa kanya tapos naramdaman mo na gusto mo pala siya,” he said.
“Hello Stranger” is a digital series that comes with a wave of boys’ love (BL) productions in the Philippines, alongside the likes of "Game Boys" and "Gaya sa Pelikula," following the massive success of the Thai series "2gether" among Filipino viewers.
Written by Patrick Valencia ("Kasal," "Always Be My Maybe") and helmed by Petersen Vargas ("2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten"), "Hello, Stranger" follows the story of Xavier (Labrusca) and Mico (Alcantara), students who are assigned to work together virtually during the coronavirus lockdown.
Since its premiere via producer Black Sheep's online channels, the BL series has become a favorite among the so-called YouTube "react" community, aside from being a consistent trending topic on Twitter.