Actor, singer, dancer Joao Constancia surprises followers with his first solo single, Pretty Mama. The track was written and produced by pop icon himself, Inigo Pascual and released by CS Music. The vibes are definitely a summer tune and the best part is that the track is in Tagalog and English! Joao showcases his rapping skills and vocals that has you singing along with the melody. Before the single dropped, Joao and Inigo hopped on TikTok to talk about the track and waited with fans around the globe for the single to come out.
Last time we caught up with Joao was when he talked about his film with Jameson Blake, My Lockdown Romance. They talked with DJ Marlino on what it was like shooting a film during the pandemic, what kept them going during lockdown, and how they stay motivated.
ABOUT JOAO CONSTANCIA
Joao is an actor, singer, and dancer who's rise to fame began with a reality show called BoybandPH. He was born in Macau and is the eldest child in his family. Joao's career in the local entertainment industry began when he joined the singing competition Pinoy Boyband Superstar in 2016. Together with Niel Murillo, Russell Reyes, Ford Valencia, and Tristan Ramirez, Joao won the competition to perform as the new boy group BoybandPH.
Cover Photo Credit: Joao Constancia Facebook
This week we have actors and reality stars Jameson Blake and Joao Constancia from the Philippines joining us on myxCLUSIVE! They chat with DJ Marlino to talk about their latest movie My Lockdown Romance, how they’ve been during the pandemic, and explain what it was like shooting the film. Get to know more about them and the film, right here on myx Global.
We have some of the highlights from the interview:
1. They didn’t always know they wanted to be in the entertainment industry
Here we find out that Jameson was hesitant at first and didn’t have any plans of entering the business. His confidence grew as he played more roles and went off to win awards. However for Joao, he wanted to be an actor since he was 14. They both moved to the Philippines at a young age and eventually took their shot at acting and we are glad they did.
2. Jameson and Joao both turned to TV series or movies to get tips on acting
Jameson explained that he isn’t a huge movie goer because like he mentioned early on he didn’t think of becoming an artist. Once he got into it, he watches a lot of series “to get tips to pick up ideas on how to portray characters.” As for Joao, he watches tons of movies. He notes that Leonardo DiCaprio is his favorite actor and The Great Gatsby is the film that inspired him to act.
3. Choosing the right roles for themselves comes from just feeling it out
Both of them explain that the types of roles they’re pegged for are typically the “bad boy” characters because of their looks, but they’re both really just nice guys. Joao says “hopefully in the future, I get a leading man role with a kilig scene.” He also touches on how they feel when they think they're not fit to portray a role. They just have to overcome it and play it the best they can. Jameson shares that for him, his body usually lets him know if a role is right. “When we read the script synopsis, I try to connect to it. Feel it out.”
4. The guys are just like us
When asked what their hobbies are during the pandemic, we see it’s they do the same thing as us. Their list includes: Netflix, video games, streaming, and hoping on TikTok. They both lean more on the dancing side, but Joao says he really likes to dance. We can tell Joao, we’ve seen Boyband PH. One thing that Jameson says he learned during the lockdown is using time wisely. He went back to his hometown of Pampanga to stay with family and he mentions that pre-pandemic he only rarely visited because of his work schedule. However, now he realizes how much time he lost with them. We feel you Jameson!
5. Jameson and Joao are super humble
We had them rate their career so far and if it’s what they expected for themselves. They both gave honest answers. Jameson says, “in terms of how many projects I’ve done, it’s more than what I expected. In terms of skills, not yet.” Joao had a similar response, “there’s always more we can achieve, but personally I feel I’ve grown a lot as an actor and became more confident.” Don’t worry, this is only that start for them!
6. They both had to learn the production side to producing a film
Because of the film shooting during the lockdown, Jameson and Joao learned how to film scenes themselves and stage a shot. Their production team assisted in guiding them through what needed to be done and how to set up. Joao mentions going through a workshop just on how to set up the camera, lights, and going through production.
7. The guys now understand better what it’s like being behind the camera
The guys both agree that the first day of shooting was the hardest because it was a new environment. Jameson remembers the first day, “I had to do everything from setting up lights, audio, and my own wardrobe.” Both agree that although it was difficult, it’s now a skill they can take with them on future projects. “Now we understand the people behind the camera. We’re used to being in front, but now we learned what each person’s job is and how important it is.”
8. Jameson and Joao helped keep each other’s motivation going
Initially, Jameson and Joao didn’t know who they were being paired with for this film. However, when they found out that it would be with each other, it made it easier to act together. Joao says, “since we’re friends and know each other, we wanted to help. The chemistry was there.” Jameson agrees that having a friend to act with allowed comfort when it came to helping each other learn lines and perform scenes. They also both consider themselves lucky to be working while everything that is happening.
If you haven’t yet seen it, catch it on ktx.ph or stream it on iWantTFC then tell us what you think! Jameson and Joao finds that people will relate to the light-hearted film because it’s a story about love and finding companionship during the pandemic.
Check out the trailer: