|Maja Salvador during our blogcon this weekend.|
Maja Salvador plays the role of Elise, a woman who waited for a long time to see a man who in the end was about to get married already. She was also in a relationship, more of a May-December affair with Richard Yap of which she says his role is pivotal because he'll make her realize a lot of things in the film. This project is Directed by Chris Martinez and will this May 27. Here's how she responded to some of the questions that the bloggers asked during the blogcon in the Star Cinema office.
"Elise is a very daring character, even the story. When the director looked at the script, he asked me if I could do it because I've been living safe in the past. Hearing I'll work with Dennis Trillo, I already said yes even if I haven't seen the whole thing yet. I'm already 27 and a bit matured, so I'd like to still try new things, things that women are going through in real life, something that we're not that accustomed to. The role is relate-able, something real. Working with Dennis and Richard just made me realize that they have different ways to acting, they're both gentlemen which I extremely appreciate, but they have their individual differences. Dennis looks so clean, so nice, he's so mysterious and I'd like to know someone like a Dennis Trillo. He's a good actor, and I've seen him when I was younger. I even tried to take photos with him in the past, but he was too quiet and I didn't want to disturb him then. Now we're doing a movie and I said yes 2 years ago, it was fate." says Maja Salvador.
Maja added "If ever I see people who want to work with me, I think it's the passion I put into this work, and they see me happy, I think that's what they pull out from me. I'm not the type of person that thinks I can't do this, or do that. I won't back down from a challenge, if it's a good project or role, management won't give it to you if they don't know you can't do it. There are tons of people who can help you, I don't hold back asking questions because I still want to learn... and I don't stop until I get answers. Elise is a little off, I don't like the part where she had to wait for love to happen. She knows what to focus on, but when love comes you don't really have to wait for the right time. You have to try it, otherwise you won't know. I am personally passionate, I don't really go through something where I can't balance. If I have work, it's my priority, when relationship arises, I learn to balance it. I don't think I'm really brave, but I know how to separate my personal from professional life. I think everyone needs to do that, leave something for ourselves. We all have our preferences but if it's not supposed to be public, we have to learn and keep that to ourselves. I am okay with this role, I even found myself wishing to also work with other actors like Piolo Pascual in the future. We even talked about it in fact. If I see him, I always take photos even if people made an issue about it in the past. I think I like his jawline the most."
"The first few days, I was really thinking we won't talk in the set. Dennis adjusted and made an effort to talk with his partner (Maja), babysteps I guess, but it turned out we talked about a lot of things. I've discovered more every shooting day. I haven't seen an actor who's so methodical and organized, everything was marked and I was a little shy because I don't really do that. We have our own methods, he on the other hand reviews everything first and knows the right emotion, where the story will go and end. He's really different, I can get what he says even with his eyes looking at me. I get carried away because he makes me feel we're a team and we're not here to outshine each other. We give what we can in all the scenes. Working with Richard Yap was kind of awkward but we had to do it. Reading the script, we had to do it all and not think of our age gaps. After those scenes, I told him to think of me as Mama Chen (then we laughed!)." she adds.
We didn't reach that point of sharing really, I discovered he watch really good films. I think that's why he's also a good actor because he thinks of these masterpieces as inspiration. During the rounds in Manila, we took time to talk about those small things and that's where I learned more about him. I also wished after that if I could make those films. Richard Yap was very accommodating. He doesn't care if I'm young, he just does it without any qualms. We just did the scenes on our own and made everything work. I even remember asking Ms. Vilma Santos once on how to cry, she said she doesn't really have a technique, but just does it so she could make the viewers or fans feel the scene... that alone makes it come from the heart which I plan to do as well. You have to make your character alive, your acting too so they could feel you from the other end of the screen.
Then she was asked "Is Maja ready to fall in love?" She said "YES" immediately... then interjects "I'll choose to fall in love with myself first. I really owe it to myself, and I'll do it slowly, at my pace, at my time. Thank you and I hope people watch "You're Still the One" on theaters next week on May 27, we'll also have a premier on the 26th in SM Megamall Cinema 7! This is a love story from Star Cinema and Regal Films. You'll have questions answered like on how to justify "waiting for love" and if love is already there, why do you have to take the risk and do all those nice things that come with it."
This film stars Maja Salvador, Dennis Trillo, Richard Yap and Ellen Adarna. Produced by Star Cinema and Regal Films.
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