AFTER starring in the blockbuster “Kita Kita”, Alessandra de Rossi now stars in another romantic flick simply titled “12”, with a totally new leading man, Ivan Padilla. She does a Bela Padilla as she herself wrote the story idea of “12”.
“Actually, nabuo ang project na ito before ‘Kita Kita’ pa,” she says. “Alam nyo naman ako, I try to do everything. Ako rin ang nag-compose at kumanta ng theme song nito. Hindi lang nagawa agad kasi wala kaming mapiling leading man ni Direk Dondon Santos. After ‘Kita Kita’, Boss Vic del Rosario revived the project and Direk Dondon posted on social media kung sino ang puwede kong maging leading man. May naglagay ng picture ni Ivan who was introduced in ‘I00 Tulad Para kay Stella’ as Hunter, one of the boyfriends ni Bela Padilla, and when I saw him, sabi ko, Direk, may leading man na tayo.”
How did “Kita Kita” change her life? “Wala namang nagbago sa buhay ko. Siguro, sa ibang tao, nabago ang tingin nila kasi box office hit 'yung movie. Pero ako, wala talaga akong pakialam. Like itong ‘12’, I don’t say na dapat parang ‘Kita Kita’ ito. Unang-una, magkaiba sila. ‘Kita Kita’ is romcom. Ito namang ‘12’ is romdram, romantic drama. Hindi ito pambata, so hindi sila puwedeng pagkumparahin. Nahihiya nga ako kay Boss Vic pero sabi niya, gusto niya talagang gawin ito kasi naniniwala siya sa project.
This is a story about the relationship between two people. Buong kuwento, sa amin lang ni Ivan tumakbo as Erika and Anton. We start out as friends, for 5 years, then naging magkarelasyon kami, for 7 years, so that’s a total of 12 years, na siyang title ng movie. Through it all, it’s like a roller coaster ride of emotions. He’s a director of TV commercials at ako naman, band singer who gives up my career para maging stay at home partner niya. So dumating 'yung time na he proposes marriage to me. Tatanggapin ko ba o hindi, especially after I realized I gave him all my life at siya na lang lagi ang nasusunod?”
So how would she rate the acting of Ivan? “Ang galing niya. Sabi ko nga, favorite actor ko na siya. Iba yata talaga kapag galing Hollywood kasi nag-aral daw siya roon ng acting for 10 years. E, gusto ko talaga, magaling na aktor ang kabatuhan ko ng linya. May mga eksena kami, emosyonal, sobrang galing niya, sabi ko kay Direk Dondon, dapat malampasan ko 'yan. Subtle na lang ako, hindi ako iiyak, tulala na lang ako. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, puwede ba ako sa Hollywood?”
“Sisikat ka run,” says Ivan. “I saw ‘Kita Kita’ and I was blown away by her performance. After watching her, parang nahiya ako sa kanya. Hanga ako sa kanya kasi she gets totally lost in her character, putting her heart and soul into it. Sa set, comedy kami kahit we’re doing drama. Before the take, tawanan kami nang tawanan, pero pag-take na, biglang serious, and after the take, tawanan uli. I really enjoyed working with her and I’m proud of our movie so don’t miss it on November 8.”
PINOY HOLLYWOOD ACTOR TRIES LOCAL SHOWBIZ
IVAN Padilla is the grandson of the late actor Amado Cortez, husband of veteran actress Gloria Sevilla, whose real name is Arsenio Padilla. “Bale Robin Padilla is my mom's cousin,” he says. “I grew up in the household of my Lola Gloria and my aunt, Suzette Ranillo, is now helping me with my career here. My first experience in acting was in the Star Cinema movie, ‘Sana Maulit Muli’, where I played Lea Salonga’s young half brother in the U.S. when I was about 9 or 10 years old, directed by Olivia Lamasan. Then I studied acting under coach Lorrie Hull when I was in college.”
His full name is Ivan Germaine Padilla Grimes. His mom is the Padilla and his dad is an American. In Hollywood, he used the screen names Germaine Grimes and Germaine de Leon. He often played Latino and American roles on TV and in films. He has appeared in the TV series “Dexter” and various “CSI” episodes, also “ER”, “The Closer”, “Castle”. He has also appeared in the movies like “Here Comes the Boom” with Salma Hayek and Charice (who played his classmate and encouraged him to try acting in Manila), the horror film “Buried Alive” and the critically acclaimed HBO film “Walkout” with Edward Olmos. How Filipino is he?
“I love Filipino foods, like sizzling pork sisig and bangus belly. I could eat it everyday. I’ve read Rizal’s Noli and Fili and I believe Fil-Ams should instill in their children a sense of pride in being a Filipino and our accomplishments as a people. I love reading about our national heroes and I’d love to play one of them, like Juan Luna, in a movie.”
'MATILDA' COMES TO MANILA
“MATILDA” is a hit stage musical about a girl who has the gift of telekinesis, based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. In London, it won 7 Olivier Awards in 2012. In 2013, it won five Tony Awards in Broadway, including best book of a musical. Now, Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is mounting it at the Meralco theatre, opening on November 10.
Three talented child stars are alternating as Matilda: Telesa Marie “Esang” De Torres who was in ABS-CBN’s “The Voice” and the “Les Miz” Asian tour, Uma Naomi Martin of “A Little Princess”, and Felicity Kyle Napuli winner of the Outstanding Child Performer at the Gawad Musika Awards. Playing Matilda's classmates are Gabrielle Aerin Ong and Maria Ericka Peralejo as Lavander; Denise Fidel Arteta and Chi Chi Tan as Amanda; Nicole Chien (daughter of Lea Salonga) and Ella Gonzalez as Alice; Alba Berenguer-Testa and Chantel Marie Guinid as Hortensia; Josh Nubla and Miguel Suarez as Bruce; Rhythm Alexander and Ian Albert Magallona as Eric; Gabo Tiongson and Pablo Miguel Palacpac as Nigel; and John Joseph Miraflores and Teddy Velasco as Tommy.
The adult members of the cast are Jamie Wilson as Miss Trunchbull; Cris Villonco as Miss Honey; Joaquin Valdes as Mr. Wormwood; Carla Laforteza as Mrs. Wormwood; Emeline Guinid as Mrs. Phelps; Nel Gomez as Michael Wormwood; Bibo Reyes as Rudolpho; and Steven Conde, Tim Pavino, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Teetin Villanueva, Gerhard Krystoffer, Alex Reyes, Jim Andrew Ferrer, Gabby Padilla and Mica Fajardo.
“Matilda The Musical” is directed by Bobby Garcia, Choreography by Cecile Martinez, Lighting Design by Driscoll Otto, Musical Direction by Farley Asuncion, Set Design by Faust Peneyra, Costume Design by Raven Ong, Sound Design by Kevin Heard, Vocal Coaching by ManMan Angsico, Assistant Direction by Steven Conde, Assistant Choreography by Jim Ferrer, and Assistant Vocal Coaching by Rhenwyn Gabalonzo. Shows will be on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m and 8:00pm. The show is recommended for children aged 7 and above (children under the age of 4 will not be permitted inside the theater). Tickets ranging from P1,500 to P4,000 are available at Ticketworld (call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph). For more info, visithttp://atlantistheatrical.com/faq.