Alessandra on becoming writer/director: ‘We have to grow’

October 29, 2019
Alessandra De Rossi

ALESSANDRA De Rossi is happy to work with JM de Guzman in the Cinema One entry, “Lucid”, where she plays Anna Cruz, a lucid dreamer, who meets JM, a man of mystery who challenges her to make her dreams more daring and adventurous.

“This is something that happens in real life, may lucid dreamers talaga, e,” says Alex. “When it was first offered to me, sabi ko, aba, e meron na rin akong idea for a movie like this, tungkol sa dreams-dreams. Sabi ko, naunahan ako! But I agreed to do it right away kasi nagandahan ako. Our movie is about a woman na marunong mag-lucid dreaming, so, sa kanyang daily life, hindi niya nakokontrol ‘yung mga nangyayari sa buhay niya, bored na bored siya sa life niya, ganu’n. Parang empty na siya, burned out. Pero pagdating sa gabi, kapag natulog na siya, ayun, nakokontrol niya lahat sa panaginip niya at du’n sa isa sa dreams niya, she will meet ‘yung karakter ni JM, a lucid dreamer din na nasa advanced level, at na-challenge siya kasi hindi niya ito makontrol.”  

How is it working with JM? “Hindi ko alam na siya ang makakapareha ko, but when I found out, natuwa ako. Sinabi ko agad sa kanya na idol ko siya. Pero ayaw niyang maniwala, kasi ako raw ang idol niya. Magaling naman talaga siyang artista at nagkasundo kami agad kasi pareho kaming seryoso with our craft.”  

She’s confident that moviegoers looking for a different kind of movie will enjoy “Lucid”. “Kakaiba kasi ang concept at material ng movie namin at ngayon lang ito na-tackle sa big screen. Tungkol ito sa mga panaginip and how it affects our waking life. Mahirap gawin, but with a competent actor like JM, naniniwala akong naitawid namin nang maayos ang kakaibang movie namin. Also, mahusay din ang treatment dito ng director naming si Victor Villanueva, who earlier did the indie hit comedy na ‘Patay na si Hesus’.”

Alex herself is now no longer just an actress. She wrote the script of the movie “12” last year and now, she not only writes the script but also directs her newest project, “Fuffy and Fream”, opposite Piolo Pascual who is also producing it for his own company, Spring Films. “Siyempre, we have to grow,” she says. “It’s a new adventure for me but I’m glad bago 'yun, nagawa ko itong ‘Lucid’ with JM de Guzman and I really enjoyed working with him.”

“Lucid” will have its premiere night at Trinoma on November 10, 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss it.