RHIAN Ramos is super busy these days. She’s taping regularly for her hit GMA-7 romcom, “The One that Got Away”, and now, she has also started shooting a full length film. She is paired with Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla in a new movie entitled “72 Hours”.
Fans of TOTGA continue to say that in her role as Zoe, she is the most daring star in the show. Compared to Lovi Poe and Max Collins, she appears in a lot of scenes displaying her figure in revealing swimsuits. Also, she’s the only one who is paired with three guys: Dennis Trillo as Liam, Jason Abalos as Gael and Ivan Dorschner as Iñigo. Is she really out to overshadow her two other co-stars?
“Natatawa nga ako kapag sinasabi nilang tinatalbugan ko sina Lovi and Max,” she says. “But wala akong ganung intensiyon kasi pantay-pantay naman ang roles and exposures namin sa show. But I must admit that I’m really enjoying playing my role as Zoe kasi naaaliw ako sa mga kabaliwan niya. Nakaka-relate raw ako! Ha ha ha!”
And what can she say about some folks warning Jodi Santamaria this early? Jodi is Jolo Revilla’s current squeeze and now that Rhian is paired with him, they say that she has reason to feel insecure and worried because Rhian is so sexy and poses a real threat to their relationship.
Rhian laughs again and quickly dismisses such speculations, saying no such thing will happen as everyone knows she’s also taken and has been in a serious relationship with car race Jason Choachuy for sometime now. “Huwag na kaming gawaan ng intriga dahil trabaho lang ang ginagawa namin,” she adds. “I play a female cop here at excited ako kasi nag-training talaga ako rito how to assemble guns and how to shoot. I haven’t really done an action film like this but I’m confident maitatawid ko naman ito nang maayos with the help of our director, Dondon Santos and our co-stars na sina Albert Martinez, Dominic Roque, Benj Manalo and Jay Gonzaga.”
WHAT DIREK CATHY THINKS ABOUT GERALD, PIA
DIRECTOR Cathy Garcia Molina ended 2017 with a big hit, “Unexpectedly Yours”. She now starts 2018 with another promising romcom that’s now showing nationwide, “My Perfect You”, starring Gerald Anderson and Pia Wurtzbach. It’s the first time she works with both of them and she’s very honest and candid in saying what she feels about them during their storycon.
“Si Gerald, sobrang tinapak-tapakan ko ang ego at walang preno ang bibig ko,” she says. “Sabi ko, hindi ako naguguwapuhan sa kanya at hindi ko gusto ang acting niya. My intention is to bring out who Gerald really is para makita kung hanggang saan ang range niya, kung ano pa kaya niyang ipakita. Alam kong nasaktan ko siya but I admire him for allowing me na tapakan siya at rendahan siya. As the shooting went on, naging guwapo siya sa paningin ko at nang panoorin ko ang acting niya sa ending, I saw the sincerity in his performance that I only get from John Lloyd Cruz.”
How about Pia? “Sabi ko, hindi ako nagagandahan sa kanya at mataba siya. Galing kasi siya noon sa bakasyon at napakain yata siya kaya lumusog. Hindi ko rin alam kung anong klase ang acting niya. But it’s good when I don’t like my actors kasi it turns out always that, at the end of our movie, I get to like them. In fact, I even get to love them. Si Pia, parang empty canvas siya for me and in fairness, she delivers. Mamahalin nyo siya rito sa role niya as Abi, isang bubbly girl na magpapabago sa buhay ni Gerald bilang isang bitter young man na sobrang na-depressed nang mag-propose siya sa girlfriend niya sa Manila pero ni-reject siya kaya nagpunta siya sa bundok where he meets Pia sa isang camp na ang attitude sa buhay, sobrang opposite nung sa kanya.”
Direk Cathy says she will be retiring in August of 2019 to devote more time to her family. She’s also thinking of getting married again. But after ‘My Perfect You’, she will direct KathNiel in their next movie. As for teleseryes, she doesn’t like to do them anymore.
AWARD WINNING FILM DIRECTOR ADMITS BEING BIPOLAR
JAY Altarejos helmed the blockbuster pink films “Ang Lalake sa Parola” and “Ang Lihim ni Antonio”. He now comes up with a new film that just won the best picture award in the current SinagMaynila Filmfest, “Tale of the Lost Boys”. This is a co-production between the Philippines and Taiwan, with Jay Lin of Portico Productions and Gagaoolala as principal producer.
Oliver Aquino (also the star of Jay’s last film, “Kasal”) is Alex, an aimless young man from Manila who visits Taipei and meets by chance a bartender, Jerry (Ta Su), who quickly becomes his friend. Jerry is gay and has a boyfriend who Alex also meets. At the core of the film is their personal issues with their families. Jerry is an aborigine from the Atayal tribe. He’s taking up medicine to later go back to his tribe and serve his people. His dad is the tribal leader and wants Jerry to get married and be his successor. Jerry doesn’t have the courage to defy the tradition of his parents and admit to them that he’s gay, fearing rejection.
There’s no bromance between the two men as Alex is straight, but like Jerry, he has his own issues with his parents who both abandoned him as a child. The real reason of why he came to Taipei will later be revealed and, with the help of Jerry, he’ll be able to come to terms with his long held feelings of bitterness and painful lack of self-esteem.
The film has been shown in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan and Jay is glad that it’s finally shown in his own country. It has many touching moments, especially the scenes showing Jerry visiting his family and his interactions with his dad, mom and his sister who, unknown to him, has already sensed his true sexual preference.
The film is well acted by the two leads, especially Ta Su as Jerry, who has a warm presence on screen. According to Direk Jay, Ta Su is a professional actor with an M.A. in acting from the Taipei National University of the Arts and has won the prestigious Golden Bell best supporting actor award for a TV series he did.
Before the screening of the film started at SM North Edsa, Jay confessed that for two years now, he’s been under treatment for being bipolar. He had his psychiatrist with him at the premiere night. We ask him if he’d be comfortable if we’d write about it and he says:
“Yes, I am comfortable talking about it because now I understand myself more and maybe I am a better person and co-worker now. I would also like to speak about it because I know there are a lot of people dealing with it, but do not seek treatment because of the stigma attached to it. People like us need understanding and support from our friends and families. That’s why we need to speak out about it, so that our friends and families can also understand us. With proper medication and therapy, I think I am able now to manage this condition. I accepted that our brain is just like any other part of our body. Therefore, it is also possible that sometimes something is wrong with it and it would need treatment. “
After doing “Legacy” for GMA, Jay directed “Obsession” and “Wattpad Presents” for TV5. He now is talking with Regal Entertainment for a possible new film project.