Kapuso heartthrob Geoff Eigenmann says he’s excited to work with his dad Michael de Mesa in GMA’s new afternoon drama program Kasalanan Ba Ang Ibigin Ka?, which is scheduled to air its first episode on June 4.
This is the first time that Geoff and Michael will be working together in a television series. The last time they were together was in the film First Day High.
“Pero iba ‘yun e, eto halos araw araw kaming magkasama or every other day, and iba kasi I’m sure kasi tututukan ako niyan.”
Asked whether he feels pressured by the fact that he will be working alongside his father who is very well an established actor in the industry, he says that he sees working with a family member an advantage rather than a hindrance.
“Actually ako, ‘pag may nakakasama akong family member sa work, I don’t really feel the pressure, I feel more relaxed kasi siyempre kilala mo na yung tao. In this new project ang kasama ko tatay ko who has seen me since the time I was in diapers. Mas kumportable ako kasi alam kong tutulungan nila ako.”
“He (de Mesa) found out first that we will be working on this project first than I did. The moment I found out, I was really happy. Maganda kasi ang istorya and in this one, mag-ama rin kami. It is something to really look forward to.”
In Kasalanan Ba Ang Ibigin Ka?, Geoff will team up once again with Jackie Rice as his leading lady. Jackie and Geoff recently starred in an episode of GMA’s Spooky Nights.
Geoff says that he’s comfortable working with Jackie because they have a good chemistry on and off-screen.
“Yun din ang hinahanap ko, ‘pag may nakakapartner ako sa isang project yung mararamdaman mong may chemistry talaga kayo so when you do the scenes hindi na kayo kinakabahan pa and you feel all the emotions.”
In the soap’s story, Geoff’s character will fall in love with Jackie’s. However, the two will eventually split and before long Jackie will fall in love with a much older – and more matured – divorced man (Michael de Mesa). But what is unknown to her is that Michael is the father of her ex. In the end father and son turn into rivals, besting each other to win Jackie’s heart.
Apart from his new afternoon soap, Geoff also stars in the primetime series Legacy. Does he get enough time to rest?
“May time na halos magsasabay ang taping nito with Legacy pero OK lang kasi anyway Legacy is almost finished and hindi naman ako yung lead dun so may days na off ako, nakakapahinga pa naman din ako.”
Despite his hectic taping schedule, Geoff makes sure he has time for girlfriend Carla Abellana.
“Yeah! Nagkikita pa rin naman kami pero these past few weeks mejo hindi, siguro mga three to four times palang kami nagkasama kasi ‘coz she started taping also. Pero OK naman, phone call is fine.”
Geoff will start taping for his new soap next week, but he’s not complaining.
“I’m very happy kasi maski hindi makapahinga dahil tuloy tuloy ang work, ok lang naman sa akin ‘yun. I’d rather have it that way than may break e para hindi masira ang momentum.”
Geoff also commented to an issue linking his cousin Andi Eigenmann to the fracas wherein the latter’s ex-boyfriend Albie Casiño was apparently beaten up by Andi’s peers in the parking lot of a bar in Makati.
“Honestly, especially on my part, I could honestly care less. Patunayan nila na may cousin (Andi) has a hand in it, fine, go ahead if you can and we’ll see. Yun lang. Everything is just gonna fall into place. Gagastos lang sila, mapapagod lang sila sa wala. But they can do what they want, this is a free country.”