Kapamilya actor Yves Flores is getting the hang of lock-in tapings – jumping from one project to another during the pandemic. He did it first for the primetime military series A Soldier’s Heart and afterward taped for the afternoon drama Bagong Umaga. Not long after its finale, he went straight to the lock-in bubble of the newest BL series to watch for, “Stuck On You.”
In his guesting for Kapamilya Chat, Yves said he’s catching up on sleep and giving his body clock a total reboot. He’s also busy spreading the word about “Stuck On You,” a BL series that tells the story of two individuals – JM (Yves) and Reb (Iyo Canlas) – who will meet on social media. JM, looking for someone to hook up with, invites Reb over his place. Lock-in is announced and JM and Reb get stuck with each other, hence the title.
The most interesting, much more challenging part is “Stuck On You” being a two-character series. No one else but Yves and Iyo will carry the show, thus the lengthy dialogues. And Yves didn’t want to spoil its meaty ‘hugots.’
“’Yung mga usapan, sobrang haba tapos ang ganda ng mga linyahan. Pwede siyang linyahan ng “One More Chance,” parang ganun ang dating, ‘yung tumatatak talaga. Sobrang ganda ng pagkasulat. Bilang aktor, ayaw mong palitan ‘yung mga perfect na lines,” shared Yves, whose first taste of BL is playing Benjie, the effeminate trooper who fell for his comrade, Phil (Jerome Ponce) in A Soldier’s Heart.
Yves focused on mastering his dialogues and loading up on emotions. He added that his character carries excess baggage from a bitter past, which also adds more spice to the story. On JM’s nuances, Yves watched other BL series for pegs.
The former Pinoy Big Brother housemate is not scared to be typecast into gay roles, saying he respects the management’s choices. Besides, he is open to playing any role as long as it’s a good material and he knows he can pull it off. He then discussed what would make him reject an offer.
“Bilang isang aktor, kailangan mong kayanin, kailangan mong aralin. Pero meron tayong certain limitations na kahit anong gawin mo, hindi mo kaya. Example, ang character ay volleyball player, eh hindi naman ako marunong mag-volleyball,” he explained.
As much as possible, Yves takes time to carefully build his character – something that rarely happens before the lock-in. He doesn’t play roles just for the sake of getting projects. For Yves, an actor shouldn’t be half-baked, more so half-hearted for a character.
Yves hasn’t met Iyo prior to tapings, so he searched him up on the web and the first thing he saw was news about his car accident. “Never ko siyang na-meet, never ko siyang narinig pero in-approach ko siya agad,” said Yves, who can relate to the struggles of rookies. He knows how it feels to be clueless and shy, so he made the first move to break the ice.
“Ang unang mangyayari diyan ‘pag umapak ka sa eksena, kabado ka. Higit sa lahat, iisipin mo kung anong iniisip ng co-actor mo. Kaya gusto kong maging komportable siya. Gusto ko maging natural lahat lalo pa’t dalawa lang kami doon,” he added.
Coincidentally, they are both ‘Canlas’ and raised in Pampanga. Yves thinks they can be distant relatives!
On the lessons in “Stuck On You,” Yves tucked his realizations on the ‘pride’ tag “Love is Love.” He believes all kinds of love are valid regardless of sexual orientation, “Lahat tayo may karapatan na mahalin at magmahal, kahit sino ka pa, kahit ano ka pa.”
Yves recently dropped a beautiful tweet for the Pride Month, quoted, “I may not be able to walk in your shoes but I’m able to walk beside you. Love who you are because I love who you are.” It came with a photo of him wearing a rainbow-colored facemask.
Yves sad he may not completely understand the struggles of LGBTQ people but the least thing he can do is support and respect their gender expression. “Gusto kong iparating sa mga tao na may karapatan silang magmahal, mag-enjoy. Huwag nating i-judge lahat ng tao. Respetuhin lang natin ang isa’t isa kung saan sila masaya basta wala kang nasasaktan.”
Show Yves and the LGBTQ community some love by watching the BL series “Stuck On You” every Friday at 9 p.m. on Ride or Die Official YouTube Channel.