Jake Cuenca (center) emerges on "The Naked Truth" stage wearing only a rear-exposing underwear underneath a coat. FILE/Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA - Don't count on another daring Jake Cuenca appearance at a fashion show or similar event after last Saturday's "The Naked Truth," wherein he exposed his butt.
In an interview with DZMM's Ahwel Paz that aired Wednesday, the 26-year-old actor said he has long decided that the Bench fashion show would be the last time he is showing skin on stage.
"It's my last show," he said.
Referring to the underwear that only covered his crotch, Cuenca added: "Siyempre, I always come up with these gimmicks every time I do the Bench fashion show and I always try to be as daring as I can. But, 'yun na nga, even before I did the show, I already announced that this was my last. So I said, 'I want to out with a bang.'"
While it was not the first time he showed his butt at a live show, Cuenca noted he stayed considerably longer on stage with nothing to cover his rear.
Explaining why he has decided to stop posing sexy as a ramp model, Cuenca said: "I'm going to give it na to the younger people. I'm evolving in my career na I just want to focus more on my acting."
Going nearly nude at a show, Cuenca noted, requires months of preparation. He said he would rather spend his energy on improving his craft.
"I don't want to pressure myself to do those things, kasi, siyempre, mahabang preparation 'yan," he said. "I didn't even get to prepare so much for this one."
The "Ikaw Lamang" actor added: "Nandoon ako sa parang, I'm already evolving as an actor, and I think I'm going to put that (daring ramp appearances) behind me, put it in the past. It has been fun."
Among Cuenca's first steps to refocus on acting is his scheduled trip to New York before the end of the month. Cuenca has been accepted into the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where he will take up a one-month intensive workshop on acting.