Kapamilya artist Sky Quizon on May 3–he felt surprised with the positive reception for his LGBTQIA+ character in Viral: Scandal.
During the media conference for Viral: Scandal‘s Finale, Quizon jested with his character’s love interest in the series while expressing his surprise at the positive reception.
“Actually, super surprised with the reception ng tao kay Brax at tsaka kay Pogs na gusto na nilang i-dismiss si Bea.”
He then highlighted his character’s representation of LGBTQIA+ who are still in the closet.
“Nakakatuwa, it’s another–I think lighter angle sa mismong series. It’s very serious, very socially relevant pero ‘yung pag dating sa kanila medyo light and fun. Pero at the same time may sinasabi din.
“Like si Brax ‘yung character na hindi straight sa buong series, so it’s very representational of those people na masculine na tinatago nila ‘yung kung sino talaga sila because of takot sila na ma-judge ng ibang tao, takot sila na malaman ng pamilya.”
His co-star, Aljon Mendoza, had a similar reaction to Quizon, citing the character’s feel-good story.
“Na-surprise ako sa reaction ng mga tao. Kasi noong nakita ko lang ‘yung script, tsaka ‘yung nalaman ko ‘yung plot, balak ko lang mainis ko ako kay Brax.
“Tapos baka agawan niya ako ng love team. Tapos habang nagpro-progress ‘yung story, ang cute nung story, kung paano binibuild up ‘yung mga moments.”
He also shared some of the comments online regarding their characters in the series.
“Nakikita ko ‘yung mga feedback ng mga tao, halimbawa sa Tiktok, ang daming nagko-comment, pagdating sa Twitter, pati YouTube nakikita ko rin, kinikilig sila. Nakita ko, ‘straight ako pero kinikilig ako kila Pogs.’ Ganon. Open ‘yung mga tao.”
As for their series, Viral: Scandal, starring Charlie Dizon, Joshua Garcia, and Jameson Blake, nears its finale with two weeks left into the series. Joining the stars are Dimples Romana, Ria Atayde, Miko Raval, Maxine Magalona, Jake Cuenca, Sky Quizon, Karina Bautista, Aljon Mendoza, and Kaila Estrada.
Catch the final episode of the socially relevant series on May 20 on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, Kapamilya Online Live, Jeepney TV, iWantTFC, WeTV, and iflix.