Alden has special words for Kathryn: Brings out the best

July 09, 2019
Kathryn Bernardo & Alden Richards

ALDEN Richards is noticeably leaner these days, especially in his new movie, “Hello, Love, Goodbye”, where he plays an overseas worker in Hong Kong. “I really worked hard to get rid of my unwanted pounds,” he says. “I used to weigh 185 lbs. Mabigat talaga. Now, I’m 160 na lang. In about two months, I’ve lost 25 lbs. Actually, matagal ko na gustong mag-reduce, lose fats and gain more muscle. But mali 'yung diet ko as I was eating foods that make me gain more weight, so I stuck to intermittent fasting eating only healthy food. It was hard at first, but now, my body  already adjusted to it, so maintenance na lang. I did this combined with high intensity workouts para to firm up and tone my body.”  

So how is his experience working with Kathryn Bernardo and Director Cathy Garcia Molina in “Hello, Love, Goodbye” that opens in theaters on July 31? “It’s an opportunity for me to grow and I want to thank Star Cinema for this project and also GMA for allowing me to cross over and do a movie with them. This is the first time I’m working with Star, Kathryn and Direk Cathy and it’s a great honor and also a good learning experience. Noong unang tuntong ko pa lang sa ABS-CBN, it felt surreal but it felt good. They gave me a very warm welcome and I can feel I’m growing talaga. Kathryn plays Joy and I play Ethan and the movie is about our journey of love as OFWs in Hong Kong.”

He welcomes the opportunity of working with other companies, directors and actors. “I’m on that stage where I really want to explore my craft and capabilities as an actor and this is the step in the right direction. I learned so much while shooting this movie, lalo na nga we shot it in Hong Kong na eye-opener din kasi I learned more about the lives of our kababayans who leave their families at home to work there.”

Does he wonder how AlDub and KathNiel fans will receive their movie? “I know Kathryn and I belong to different established love teams and we respect our fans and their loyalties. But we hope mahalin din sana nila itong first teamup namin ni Kathryn kasi hindi naman 'yung love team ang binebenta rito kundi 'yung ganda ng material and how well it is brought out on the big screen by Direk Cathy.”

He has special good words reserved for Kathryn and their co-stars in the movie. “And yes, I really enjoyed working with Kathryn dahil super galing niyang artista. She brings out the best in her co-stars kasi kung hindi, mapag-iiwanan ka niya so you should always be on your toes to make sure you give your best in each scene you do with her. I also had fun shooting with our co-stars, sina Joross Gamboa, Maymay Entrata and Kakai Bautista who are all very warm and friendly. Nakasundo ko sila agad lahat at maganda ang reception sa amin even in our mall show sa South Park Alabang. Very warm, sana ganun din ang reception ng public for the whole movie.”