XIAN Lim has no regrets that he moved to Viva to be managed by VAA (Viva Artists Agency). He has since done several movies with them, including “Miss Granny” with Sarah Geronimo, “Hanggang Saan” with Louise de los Reyes that was filmed on location in Japan and now, “Untrue” with Cristine Reyes that was shot in Tbilisi, Georgia.
“Nagpaalam naman ako nang maayos sa ABS-CBN after my contract with them has ended,” he says. “Career move lang naman ang ginawa ko kasi Viva has given me the chance to work also behind the camera. And I’m really getting very challenging roles from them. But I have not burned naman my bridges with ABS and I’m now doing a new teleserye with them.”
He’s very pleased with his role in “Untrue”. “It’s really so different from anything I’ve done before. 'Yung movie mismo, kakaiba siya kasi hindi siya yung usual romcom na ginagawa ko before, so I really welcomed the chance to do it.”
We heard his role was originally meant for Mark Anthony Fernandez while that of Cristine was for Claudine Barretto, but the project didn’t push through so it was given to them. “I know I was second choice pero okay lang naman kasi maganda talaga 'yung role. Mag-asawa kami rito ni Cristine na nagbubugan. Grabeng sakitan talaga. But our director, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, required me to gain weight para sa role ko as Joachim, an overseas Filipino worker in Georgia. So noong una, ang saya, kasi kain lang ako nang kain. I gained about 20 pounds. But after the shoot, I’m reporting to another project, sabi nila, bakit ang laki mo?. So I have to go back to the gym and dieting to lose the weight I gained while shooting ‘Untrue’.”
How is it shooting in Georgia? “Napakalayo, napakahirap puntahan. We have to fly there through Dubai. Napakalamig, so ang hirap umarte, lalo sa exterior shots na sobrang