One of the biggest trends during the pandemic is the BL (Boys Love) series craze. It has long been popular in countries like Thailand and Japan. And as Filipino artists expand their creative ways, BL dramas started to get more attention in the Philippines.
Kapamilya actors Jameson Blake and Joao Constancia promise a fresh storyline and heart-fluttering chemistry as they star in the upcoming BL film “My Lockdown Romance.” The coming-of-age movie follows the story of two high school buddies reconnected during the pandemic through social media. Jameson plays Tom, an introvert who likes to go by the rules. He’s used to keeping things to himself. He has a best friend named Gad (Gab Pangilinan), his total opposite. Tom is a soft-spoken guy while Gad is frank and she likes to verbalize the feelings he wouldn’t want to tell.
Joao said he is pretty much like his character, Kendrick. They are both happy-go-lucky and outgoing. The only difference is he keeps the connection real, without a hidden agenda, unlike Kendrick who reached out to Tom only to offer him something.
He auditioned for this project and he's thrilled, and grateful to be working on this movie. Joao was curious about lock-in tapings but despite the risks, he knows he’s blessed enough to have a job, his first lead role, during a pandemic. Besides, the production team took an effort to ensure everyone’s safety.
Although he watched several BL clips and series prior to the shoot, Joao studied his character’s nuances well to give it his own flavor. He made sure to be aligned with Kendrick’s past, motivation, and thoughts. He struggled on his first day when he had to bring out kilig in Jameson’s character. He then realized that love indeed knows no gender. He explained that when you like someone, the effort to make that person smile comes out just the same no matter what the gender is.