Sam Concepcion (MNS Photo)

Sam Concepcion (MNS Photo)

Sam Concepcion is more than grateful that ABS-CBN picked him to be paired with Julia Barretto in the upcoming series “Mira Bella.”

Concepcion said it has been a while since he played the lead character and this is a good opportunity for him to hone his skills and become a better actor.

“Of course very happy, I’m very glad that I was entrusted with the role. Siyempre, isang challenge din ito para sa akin kasi ngayon na lang ulit ako magli-lead for a show. I’m really spending a lot of time and effort, ng concentration ko sa show to really deliver,” he said.

Concepcion said he also likes the idea that he will be up against Enrique Gil in the said show.

Kahit sino namang ilagay doon, mayroon talagang mangyayaring ganyan [na bashing]. There’s always competition involved between fans. Pero it’s always part of the show,’ he said.

Asked how he feels that Barretto is his leading lady, the singer-actor said: “Well, Julia is a sweetheart talaga. She’s such a pleasure [to work with]. Ang sarap niya makasama, makatrabaho, madali and magaan. Maganda ang feeling kapag yung ka-partner mo, malaki din ang binibigay.”

“Mira Bella” is among the much-awaited Kapamilya shows which is slated to hit the TV screens in 2014.

Aside from being blessed in terms of his career, Concepcion said he is also happy that his personal life is running smoothly as well.

Concepcion has been vocal about his feelings for Jasmine Curtis-Smith and the two have been seen together in public often.

We see each other from time to time. Ganun pa rin naman. Wala naman akong nilalagay na label sa kahit anong bagay. We enjoy each other’s company and we support each other. We see each other a lot and we are very supportive with each other sa trabaho,” he said.

Concepcion said it would be an honor if he would also be given an opportunity to work with Curtis-Smith in the future.

“She’s very talented and she’s very hardworking as well. It would be my pleasure to work with someone with a talent such as hers,” he said.(MNS)