Nadine minus James in two movies: ‘Good for our career'

November 23, 2018
Nadine Lustre
Nadine Lustre

NADINE Lustre has two new movies without her perennial partner, James Reid, in them, “Ulan”, a thriller, and “Indak”, a dance flick. How does she feel that they’re now separated from each other?

“I think it’s a career move which is for our own good,” she says. “We should have individual careers of our own and not just as a love team. Nauna na siyang gumawa ng movie without me in ‘Miss Granny’, na sinuportahan naman ng mga tao. But we will be reunited in the movie he’s now doing, a reboot of “Pedro Penduko’. I will be playing the role of Maria Makiling, so okay lang.”

Earlier, it was announced that her leading men in “Ulan” are Xian Lim, Marco Gumabao and AJ Muhlach. But now, we heard Xian has been replaced by Carlo Aquino. What happened?

“I really don’t know. Whatever happened, maybe it’s best to ask Viva Films or our director, Irene Villamor. Hindi naman nakapag-shoot si Xian for the movie. Sina Marco and AJ pa lang ang nakasama ko sa shooting so far. Ako naman, I can work with anyone, so no problem. Carlo is a good actor and it’s nice to work with him. Malapit na nga kaming matapos and we’re all proud of the movie. Madugong gawin at madugo rin daw ang post production work involved dito. Early next year pa raw naman ang target playdate nito.”

In “Indak”, she will be paired with Sam Concepcion. It will be the directorial debut for a full length film of concert director Paul Basinillo. We hope this movie will be a big success for the sake of Sam, who’s been given breaks before but somehow, stardom is elusive and his career won’t soar even if he’s a very good singer and dancer, as seen in the musical “I Do Bidoo”. Viva Films has also given him a fairly good project in “Para Sa Broken Hearted” where he played a good role, but it also didn’t do well at the box office.

Nadine says she’s looking forward to shoot the movie with Sam. “He’s a good singer and dancer and we’ll be doing a lot of production numbers, so pareho kaming excited,” she adds. “We’ be singing but I guess we’ll also be required to take a lot of dance workshops to prepare us for our numerous dance sequences.”

Nadine will play a girl living in an island who does a dance video that she posts on the internet and goes viral. Sam will see her video, looks for her and convinces her to join a dance group called Indak Pilipinas. This movie is intended by Viva to be released as a summer offering for 2019.