But she’s now back on the big screen in the filmfest entry, “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is Not Enough”, a sequel to the highly successful Cinemalaya entry in 2011. “Septic Tank 1” not only won awards but became a big hit when released theatrically. So what’s the difference between 1 and 2?
“Yung first movie is a spoof on the making of indie films na gustong isali sa international film festivals,” she explains. “Di ba, may pagka-poverty porn yun na yung isang pamilyang maraming anak, naghahati-hati sa iisang pakete ng instant noodles at gagawin pang child prostitute yung anak? Itong ‘Septic Tank 2’, para naman sa mga mahihilig manood ng romantic comedies. Yung fans ng iba’t ibang love teams na di pinalalagpas ang movies nina John Lloyd-Bea, KathNiel, JaDine, lahat
sila, mage-enjoy rito. Di ba it’s a nice feeling na ma-in love ka habang nanonood ng sine? Perfect naman ang timing ng paggawa ko uli ng movie kasi lahat ng kasama ko rito, so inspired, from our scriptwriter, si Chris Martinez, to our director, Marlon Rivera, to my co-stars na sina Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Khalil Ramos, and my two leading men, Joel Torre and Jericho Rosales. Perfect ang timing, perfect ang script, perfect ang cast and it’s a perfect family movie for this Christmas season.
How is it working with Jericho Rosales? “He can be serious but also be very funny. Yung kind of comedy niya, very natural. Very cooperative siya. Sineryoso niya ito. Magaan siyang katrabaho at mapagbiro sa lahat ng tao.”
How about Joel Torre? “He’s my indie hero kasi namulat ako in making movies, lalo indie film, dahil sa kanya. Ever since, high school pa lang ako, crush ko na siya. Tapos, nakasama ko siya sa soaps na ginawa ko sa ABS-CBN, kaya tribute namin ito sa kanya. Hanggang ngayon, crush ko pa rin siya. Habang nagkakaedad, lalong gumuguwapo. And he remains to be a very good actor. Kaya don’t miss ‘Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2’ when it opens in theaters on Christmas Day. Graded A ito by the Cinema Evaluation Board kaya garantisadong maganda.”
What can she say about predictions that she’ll compete with Nora Aunor in “Kabisera” as filmfest best actress? “Wala akong iniisip na ganun. I’m not here to compete, I’m just here to enjoy being part of the filmfest. Besides, this is not a competition. This is a celebration, a celebration of good movies during the holiday season.”