JC Santos is JaDine’s new third wheel

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RICKY CALDERON

RICKY CALDERON

PLUS: Sam Concepcion sees no need to clarify relationship with Kiana Valenciano

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JC Santos is backed with impressive credentials as he plays third wheel to the day’s most popular love team in James Reid and Nadine Lustre, best known by their moniker JaDine.

JC plays Ali, Iris’ (Lustre) best friend, who as the first week of the highly anticipated ABS-­CBN teleserye Till I Met You will figure in a different kind of love triangle with the popular pair.

JC started his career as a theater actor in UP Diliman where he studied Theater Arts. He then worked as a singer-­dancer in Hong Kong Disneyland, after which he joined the talents of Universal Studios Singapore.

According to JC, he returned to the Philippines because he wants to carve a career both as TV and mainstream movie actor.

One distinct role he has since played which remains in our mind was as cadet commander in Aureous Solito’s Esprit de Corps, an entry in the Cinema One Originals Festival in 2014. For his work in that film, JC earned an Urian Best Actor nomination.

 JC Santos

JC Santos

He was also cast in the Cinemalaya finalist, The Janitor; and the Cine Filipino entry Sakaling Hindi Makarating.

For TV, he was part of the online series Forever Sucks starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and likewise appeared in the TV series Flordeliza and Tubig At Langis.

JC said he usually gets the role of antagonist and is not a newbie to auditions, whether in movies or TV. He auditioned for the part of Ali in Till I Met You, and when asked to return for the second day of auditions was ready to play the role of James’s adversary. But to his surprise, he realized he was reading to play one of the leads of the show in the Antonette Jadaone series.

Admitting he cannot be happier over this biggest break in his career, JC is looking forward to more challenges in portraying Ali. Based on the first week and trailers of the show, there are hints that JC’s character is gay and in love with James’ Basti rather than Nadie’s Ali.

JC told Roving Eye he doesn’t mind portraying a gay character being typecast as such. He’s fine with it as long as the role is a good one.

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Rumor has it that Sam Concepcion is playing sweet music with Kiana Valenciano.

Speculations over showbiz’ latest new item began when a photo of Sam kissing Kiana went viral online.

But the singer­-actor declined to comment on his status with OPM icon Gary Valenciano’s daughter, besides confirming that they have known each other for a while now and that they are very close.

“There’s no need for me to clarify the issue. If there’s a need for me to clarify something, then I’ll do that,” he said when besieged by entertainment writers at the launch of the Smart Bro Bus in Capitol Commons on August 26.

 Sam Concepcion and Kiana Valenciano

Sam Concepcion and Kiana Valenciano

“I don’t want to say anything else, and I guess you understand that because I can’t really say anything yet until there is something to talk about.”

Sam was introduced the newest member of the roster of brand ambassadors for the Smart Brokada, which also includes Michael Pangilinan, Marco Gumabao, MJ Lastimosa and Christian Bautista.

He is coming out with a brand new album under Universal Records and will promote his second single soon. Moreover, his next music video will be shot on location abroad.

Acting­wise, he a new teleserye lined up from for Star Creatives but has yet to find out more details about the project.

He will also promote a book version of No Filter, a play which he did last year.

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