JC Santos Finally Talks About His Diary ng Panget Acting Stint

Yup, he was in that movie!
by Ayessa De La Peña   |  Dec 23, 2016
Art: Clare Magno
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Remember when we told you that Till I Met You star JC Santos was actually in James Reid and Nadine Lustre's first movie together, Diary ng Panget? We got so excited about it, too, because it felt like destiny for him to be there and to be able to work with JaDine now.

So when we shot him for this month's feature, we excitedly asked JC to talk about his stint on the show—both as the 2nd assistant director and as one of the actors. 

"Kababalik ko lang noon galing New York. Meron akong mga gigs everywhere. Pagbalik ko, wala pa akong work. So si Direk Andoy [Ranay], tinanong n'ya ako kung pwede akong mag-second assistant director," he tells us while laughing, almost embarrassed that we found the photos and videos. "Wala akong alam kung paano gawin 'yun. Pero para ka lang daw palang stage manager sa theater, iha-handle mo lang 'yung mga tao. Kinausap ko na 'yung assistant director, tapos ikaw yung magdi-direct ng talents, ng crowd, 'yung moving background.

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"First time ko ma-experience 'yun kasi first time kong mag-direct ng crowd. Ang dami mong kakausapin, so takbo ka ng takboHindi ko masyadong magamit 'yung acting noon. Hindi ko masyadong inisip 'yun kasi more of director ako that time. School pa 'yung setting, so hanggang sa pinakalikod ng university dini-direct ko 'yung mga tao."

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He then tell us that that was actually his first directing job for a film. "I think it's going to be my last," he says. "Hindi naman sa hindi ko s'ya gusto, pero I think I'm not yet ready."

And regarding that photoshoot scene he did with the two oncam, here's what he has to say about it.

"Oo, nag-extra ako noon kasi wala silang talents that time. Kailangan kong sumali, so doon ko first na-meet si James at si Nadine. Hindi ko sila naka-work mismo kasi 'yung assistant director lang ang kausap nila."

Curious how it turned out? Watch the scene below!

Have you spotted JC in the scene? Let's talk about it in the comments or via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :)

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I am Candymag.com's resident fangirl and ~*feelings*~ girl. When I'm not busy researching about what to write next on the website, I sleep, read books, and re-watch episodes of Friends.
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