By Jill Tan Radovan, InterAksyon.com
February 10, 2017 · 1:46 pm
JC Santos. (Photo by Jill Tan Radovan/InterAksyon)
JC Santos is a rising star that shines wherever galaxy he’s in.
Following his breakout role in Ice Idanan’s “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” last year which was followed by a lead role in D5 Studio’s hit web series, “Forever Sucks,” JC Santos has created a strong enough buzz that led to an even bigger stage — his casting as Ali, Nadine Lustre’s best friend, on the recently concluded primetime soap “Till I Met You.”
The actor, who originally honed his craft in theater, continues to be visible with the ongoing theatrical run of “Sakaling Hindi Makarating.”
In the film, he plays Manuel, a good-looking provincial lad turned cosmopolitan hotshot who realizes he still aspires for the simpler things in life—love being one of them—and decides to return to his hometown. On the way home, he meets Cielo, a heartbroken young woman on a seemingly aimless quest, but is smitten, nonetheless.
The way JC portrays him, Manuel is charming, caring and chivalrous. Along with the profession of his feelings for Cielo is an unspoken yet tempting promise that he will be devoted to her, but only if she stays with him in his hometown, where he is hell-bent on realizing his dreams.
In real life, JC is as much a dreamboat, a true gentleman and every bit as romantic and devoted to the object of his affection. He is open about his long-term relationship when asked about his lovelife by the media.
“Everyone knows I have a girlfriend, si Teetin. Okay naman po ang puso ko this Valentine’s Day,” he said in a recent interview with InterAksyon.
JC is referring to his girlfriend of over three years, Teetin Villanueva, a theater actress who was one of his leading ladies during his earlier years in theater. Teetin has also appeared in recent theater productions “Rak of Aegis” and “Ako Si Josephine.”
The hopeless romantic that he is, JC still believes in the practice of writing poems with pen and paper to express his feelings for his loved one. “
“Feeling ko kasi mas sincere kapag nagsusulat ka nang ibang paraan. Effort yun eh. Masakit sa daliri. Eh pag nagtetext ako nakakalimutan ko yung sasabihin ko. At least mas madali akong nakakagawa ng poems kapag nagsusulat.”
Unlike the idealistic and ambitious Manuel, neither he nor Teetin has the tendency to hold each other back when it comes to their personal dreams. They are very supportive of each other’s careers.
Like many other couples, they enjoy going out on dates and make it a point to spend quality time together. They also have a shared keen interest in film and love going on movie marathons—if their busy schedules permit.
JC admits that he and his girlfriend do get into arguments every so often and sometimes it involves Teetin feeling jealous over his other leading ladies. However, it has never come to a point where anything is impossible to fix.
“Lahat naman napag-uusapan namin and she’s very understanding,” he said.
JC Santos with (left) Alessandra de Rossi during a press conference for ‘Sakaling Hindi Makarating’ and (right) with Angeli Bayani in a scene from ‘Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major.’ (Photo with Alessandra by Jill Tan Radovan/InterAksyon)
JC didn’t have problems with sharing an intimate scene in “Sakaling Hindi Makarating” with Alessandra, despite the actress’ firm limitations when it comes to doing love scenes.
“Comfortable naman kami sa isa’t isa. I respect the whole process of Alex. Hindi naman ako nahirapan talaga, hindi ko naman naging problema,” he explained.
JC is very proud of his role in “Sakaling Hindi Makarating.” It’s his first time to star as a leading man in a full feature film.
As his star continues to rise, more high-profile projects are coming his way including “#SoMuchFeels,” a Valentine concert also headlined by Bituin Escalante and theater actresses Cris Villonco, Yanah Laurel and Kim Molina.
He is also set to appear as the third wheel in a love triangle with Kim Chiu and Matteo Guidicelli in “The Ghost Bride,” his first film with Star Cinema.
Still, not a few fans, especially those who know him from his pre-Ali days, are wondering if he is still open to accepting smaller roles.
JC recently answered that question with his casting in “Buwan at Baril sa Eb Major,” a play that tells stories based on real Martial Law events. In the play directed by Andoy Ranay, who also happens to be one of the directors of “Till I Met You,” JC plays the role of the kind-hearted missionary priest with a dark past.
“I have to do theater every year once or twice. I will still make time for theater, it’s my first love. Basta may role at gusto kong gawin, okay ako dun. At gustong-gusto ko yung mga roles na, paano ko ito gagawin? Hindi ko alam, so yun yung mga kailangan kong pagtuunan ng pansin. Wala naman akong problema sa kung anong ibigay sa akin na role.
“I think in every person, in every role, there’s a story to tell. And I think lahat ng mga kwento kailangan siyang marinig ng mga tao. So ako naman, game. Wala naman akong ano doon eh. Gusto ko lang magkwento talaga,” he concluded.