By Kiko Escuadro
“Magka ibang mag kaiba sila for me, pero may mga similarities din, kaya nag wo-work. I think si Jodi kasi parang nag rerepresent siya ng mga girls na gusto lang ng love, parang gusto lang mahalin. Nag wo-work si Jodi with any of them kaya mas nakaka relate yung mga babae sa kanya in general. Parang yung mga fans nila talagang kikiligin kahit sino man sa kanila.” – Direk Antoinette described the two love teams of Jodi.
During the story conference of Star Cinema’s latest offering, three big names of the Kapamilya network, namely, Ian Veneracion, Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria, are set to do a romantic comedy flick to be directed by Antoinette Jadaone. Although no working title has been announced, this potential star-power film is a possible entry in the coming Metro Manila Film Festival this December. In this glitter.ph interview, they gladly shared their thoughts on what to expect about the film.
“I’m really very excited to work with both of them,” Jodi claimed, “kasi una, si Richard nakatrabaho ko sa Be Careful With My Heart, si Ian naman sa Pangako Sa’Yo. And now kasama ko na sila pareho and nakaka excite kasi I respect them both and I appreciate working with them for the second time. With direk kasi we have worked na sa All You Need is Pag-ibig. So ngayon mas matagal kami ni direk na mag kasama.”
Jodi also shared her preparations for the said movie. “’Yung script is so well written kaya nagpapasalamat talaga ako kila direk na pinadali din nila yung trabaho ko bilang artista dito sa pelikula na Ito and very clear naman kung ano yung mga dilemmas and kung ano yung mga issues ni Chingay (the name of her character).”
From Pangako Sa’Yo, Ian didn’t expect this opportunity working again with Jodi who played Amor Powers in the said teleserye. He said, ” I’m really excited to be part of this kasi alam ko andaming sumusubaybay sa love team ng Richard and Jodi and tapos may mga followers din sa Pangako Sa’Yo. I think hindi sila ma disappoint kasi sa ganda ng script and sa ganda ng treatment ng movie na gagawin ni direk yun nga siguro magkaroon nga lang ng selosan ang mga fans, pero hindi ko alam kung papano. Also it’s my second time to work with direk Antonette.”
While Richard was also happy after working with Jodi with the top-rated noontime teleserye Be Careful with my Heart . Richard was also looking forward for this reunion project with Jodi. “Medyo mas relaxed ako dito , compared from previous projects,” he revealed.
Since this will be a love triangle, will his former love team with Maya, as Sir Chief be affected? “I think it brings out the best of both worlds para happy lahat di ba,” he said.
Meanwhilem, the director shared a glimpse of what to expect from the movie and she said, “This will be going to be an exciting project for Star Cinema syempre makakasama natin ang dalawang magaling na actor, Ian Veneracion and Richard Yap. This story is about love pero may twist and unexpected ending, Jodi plays Chingay na successful sa kanyang career. Magaling pero single. Dahil seven years na siyang single nakalimutan na niya kung papano magakroon ng boyfriend. We will tackle here yung tingin ng mga tao sa 30-year old and up na mga babaeng kapag single may mali sa kanya na parang ‘Bakit ka single?’ ‘Kailan ka mag a-asawa?’ At parang pag ganun na single ka nang ganung age, para bang may sakit ka na nakakahawa na dapat agapan.”
She added, “Sa story pinatunayan na ‘When it rains it pours,’ so dumating si Frank (played by Richard Yap) na ex ni Chingay for five years na, at nag kita ulit sila. Tapos si Ian plays Ryan na mayroon siyang ex na ni reject siya sa proposal, na tinulungan siya ni Jodi. Kaya sila ang dalawang lalaki na nag pahaba ng hair ni Chingay na hindi niya alam kung papano at sino ang pipiliin niya kasi mag kaibang kind of love ang binibigay nila.”
Direk Antoinette was asked how this film would stand compared with her previous films. “Romantic comedy, so funny and kilig, at the same time yung normal na nangyayari sa isang single at isang relasyon sa mga mag ex at mga bagong magkakakilala palang na ilalagay namin sa isang pelikula,” she replied.
The director was also asked how would she handle both love teams (Jodi-Ian and Jodi-Richard). “Yung movie will make sure na yung parehong lalaki will have same percentage of scene kasi para malaman ng audience natin yung dilemma ni Chingay na hindi talaga siya makapili at parehong may mga limitasyon sila, just like in real life na akala mo perfect yung lalaki pero may pero,” she explained.
Direk Tonette also revealed that they have already shot few scenes last month, but they will resume this week. She’s known for directing top grossing romantic comedy films such as That Thing Called Tadhana, All You Need Is Pag-ibig and #Walang Forever.