THERE’s a photo of Heart Evangelista in social media where she has put her point finger in front of her lips as if she’s saying that she has a secret and has to keep silent. In her caption, she wrote: “I cant wait to tell you about it! But I’ll keep my lips sealed for now.” Some folks concluded that she’s probably pregnant again and wants to keep it a secret first.
But you can’t just keep such a very big story a secret for long and the cat is now out of the bag. Heart is currently in Shanghai shooting the part 2 of the acclaimed international hit “Crazy Rich Asians” directed by John Chu, who’s now directing the big screen version of the Broadway Manuel Lin Miranda musical, “In the Heights”.
Accompanying her in Mainland China is GMA Artist Center executive Gigi Lara since Heart is now officially managed by the Kapuso talent arm. They had dinner with the Ambassador of China to the Philippines before flying to Shanghai. Her role in the sequel will definitely be much bigger than Kris Aquino’s short exposure as Princess Intal in the first movie. She would now be a prized Kapuso actress and we’re sure her fans are gloating, especially those who are pitting her against her foremost GMA rival, Marian Rivera.
Titled “China Rich Girlfriend”, Heart’s first foray into international filmmaking is the second book in Kevin Kwan’s trilogy and will be followed by the last book, “Rich People Problems”, that will be shot back to back with Book 2. The lead characters are still Rachel Chu and Nick Young. In Part 2, it will turn out that Rachel (played by Constance Wu) has a dad in mainland China, a billionaire who’s so much richer than the family of Nick played by Henry Golding.
Also reappearing is Gemma Chan as Astrid, who, you’d probably remember, dumped her cheating husband in Part 1, and she will now have a new love interest played by Harry Shum of “Glee”. We heard Heart will play a new character called Collette, who’s the daughter of a Chinese billionaire. She’s a fashion blogger (which surely fits Heart since she’s really a fashionista), a control freak and the girlfriend of a guy named Carlton who turns out to be Rachel’s half brother.
It’s said she will be staying in China to shoot for about a month. Heart’s new project for GMA Network is the latest edition of the Starstruck Artista Search. She will be one of the judges. The nationwide auditions will be starting this month. Well, here’s hoping that the show proper will start airing after Heart has finished shooting all her scenes for her first international movie.