One thing that sets Darren Espanto apart is his symphony of talent, which is proven by his seamless synergy between music and his acting endeavors. Stepping onto primetime via the DonBelle-starrer “Can’t Buy Me Love” mirrors the depth of his artistry, as he’s able to properly encapsulate the emotions and nuances of young business scion Stephen Tanhueco.
While he surely appreciates the positive comments about his improved acting skill, for Darren, the preparations and unscripted moments with his co-actors are what make the craft even more gratifying. After all, passion for acting is often intertwined with creating cherished memories behind the scenes.
Watch this exclusive video from ent.abs-cbn.com where Darren unveils his off-cam experiences and picks his top three favorite scenes in “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
On top of his list is that scene of Stephen arguing with Caroline (Belle Mariano) inside the car at the time when the latter’s sister, Irene (Maris Racal), went missing. It’s memorable not only because of the excellent output but more especially the intricate process that shaped the scene.
“Ang galing ni Direk Cathy [Garcia-Molina] maglabas ng emotion namin ni Belle. At saka mas okay talaga, mas komportable kami kasi we already are friends, kami ni Belle. So, parang hindi kami natatakot na mag-clash kunwari sa isang eksena kasi off-cam we’re okay,” shares Darren.
We bet you were amazed when the multi-talented Kapamilya showcased a bit of his sporty side for the series in that scene where he played table tennis. Well, Darren was so game to pull it off that the show hired a table tennis coach to help him perfect his athletic moves. He revealed that he practiced for half an hour before the actual take. The scene screamed so much adrenaline, so this would have to be his second-most favorite.
For his third pick, he went for Stephen’s first appearance during the show’s pilot week – the Ting Hun (formal engagement ceremony) scene for Bettina (Kaila Estrada) and Edward (Enzo Pineda). He likes this one for the almost complete casting, as the major characters from Caroline’s camp were present in that event. “At saka may buffet,” he quipped. “So, alam niyo na kung saan si Stephen ‘pag nag-cut, nando’n po siya sa buffet. Hindi po si Stephen, actually, si Darren po ‘yung kumakain du’n.”
Support Darren in “Can’t Buy Me Love,” headlined by Belle Mariano and Donny Pangilinan, airing weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, TV5, and A2Z.