Jericho Rosales and Andi Eigenmann sat down for the story conference of their movie, Aba Nakakabasa Na Pala Ako?!, at the Viva Films office in Ortigas last September 26.
Andi is thrilled to be finally given the chance to work with Jericho, who happens to be her big crush when she first entered showbiz.
Hence, the 23-year-old was really flattered when told that Jericho mentioned in a previous interview that he’s impressed by her versatility as an actress.
To this, Andi exclaimed, “O.A. [overacting] naman yun! Hindi ko alam. Nagulat nga ako. Of course, thank you. Hindi ko pa masyado nakakausap si Echo. Neighbor ko lang siya na napapanood ko lang sa TV. I’m very flattered that he said that.”
ROLES. Aba Nakakabasa Na Pala Ako?! is a film adaptation of Bob Ong’s autobiographical novel, which revolves around the joys and inanities of high school life.
In the film, Jericho plays a mild-mannered teacher who’s stuck with the pangs of his first love.
“My character’s name is Roberto. Siya yung nagna-narrate ng buhay niya sa story ng Aba. Binabalikan niya yung pagkabata niya at yung crush niya noon. He's the hero of the story but he doesn’t feel like he's the hero of his life.”
On the other hand, Andi plays "the One who got away” in Roberto’s life.
Andi further described her role: “Ako rito si special someone ni Roberto. She’s the type of girl who’s out of his league. I guess, the fact that I don’t have a name, I’m just called special someone, parang napapakita din yung style ng pelikula. Yung execution ng pagiging comedy.”
NO REGRETS. Speaking of childhood memories, the two lead stars were asked what part of their life would they like to change if given the chance.
Jericho admitted that he could somehow relate to his role in the movie because he once had an unrequited puppy love.
“Siguro kung ako may babalikan ako, yung elementary days ko. Sana nilapitan ko na lang crush ko. Sinabi ko na lang buong feelings ko. Kung alam ko lang din naman na mababasted ako. Nasabi ko man lang na, ‘Type kita, e. Crush kita.’ Kung pwede ko lang balikan yung mga gano'n,” he fondly recalled.
At 34 though, Jericho felt blessed to have found his perfect match in his fiancé Kim Jones.
“Oh yeah, basically yun yung story ng libro, e. Masarap lang yung feeling na may binabalikan ka. Kung ano yung missing noon, nahanap ko na ngayon,” he beamed.
On her part, Andi maintained that she has no regrets with the way her life turned out.
“Para sa akin, natatakot ako. Ayoko palitan kahit na maliit man na bagay na nangyari sa past ko. Kasi feeling ko, my life wouldn’t be the same had I changed something. And I like the way my life is now, especially that I have Elle [Andi’s daughter, who’s turning two years old in November]. So, wala akong regrets,” Andi stated.
Directed by Mark Meily, Aba Nakakabasa Na Pala Ako?! is slated to be released in theaters next year under Viva Films.