For her upcoming film with Alden Richards, Hello, Love, Goodbye, Kathryn Bernardo pushed herself to the limit to give justice to her role as an Overseas Filipino Worker. In CG Magic, director Cathy Garcia-Molina said, “This is the hardest so far na ipinagawa ko sa isang artista.”
For her role as a helper, Kathryn learned how to do typical tasks such as cleaning the toilet and giving a pedicure. She said, “Akala ko Barcelona na ang pinakamahirap na shoot ko abroad. Pero ito, ibang experience. Iba ang treatment. Pero kinausap ako [ni direk] na para ‘yon sa akin, para matulungan ako.”
The director said, “Si Kath, ang agang naging artisa so hindi alam kung paano maging normal na tao. Mahihirapan siyang bigyan ng buhay [ang character] kung ‘di niya alam kung ano ang lahat ng ‘to. Pinagawa sa kanya ng totoo. I asked Mommy [Min] to back off and I’m very happy that she obliged.”
“In other words, I stripped her off her pagiging artista. I will bring out what I need from Kathryn to be Joy even if it means mag-aaway tayo. Lahat puwede mong gawin except one thing—walk out. In fact, pinagbawalan ko siya to communicate with DJ [Daniel Padilla] kasi it will bring her back to her Kathryn self."
“Ang tsismis, sabi daw kay Mommy, ‘Ayoko na, uwi na ‘ko. Bili mo na ‘ko ng ticket,’” the director said with a chuckle.
As a result of her training, “Kathryn is able to do things she has never done before. She really is mature,” said the director. “Bumilib na agad ako sa kanya to take on this risk.”
As for Alden, the director gave him a different track since he had a different role. “In fairness to Alden and his team, they obliged. Alam kong nanibago siya. Siguro bihira naman ang director na ganito kasalbahe. But he knows that I’m just doing it for them. Alam kong nahirapan sila, but they delivered.”
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