For the first time, veteran comedian Michael V. will team up with actress Dawn Zulueta.
This is for the movie titled Family History, which is produced by GMA Pictures and MicTest Productions.
MicTest Productions is owned by Michael V and his wife, Carol Bunagan.
GMA Pictures is the rebranded name of the Kapuso network's film arm, GMA Films, with GMA-7's Entertainment Group as one of its units.
The Entertainment Group is GMA Pictures's unit co-producing with Michael for the film.
Bang Arespacochaga, GMA Entertainment Group's Assistant Vice President for Business Development 2, was instrumental in Dawn's inclusion in the film.
Michael V. elaborated, "Si Miss Bang, she was actually very instrumental sa pagkausap kay Vivian Recio na manager ni Miss Dawn para magkatotoo ito.
"Si misis din, si Carol, ano siya, siya yung nagpersevere, kailangan si Dawn. Meron kasing mga options, e."
Why was Dawn their personal choice for the role?
Carol said, "Unang-una, si Dawn, that's Dawn Zulueta."
Michael V. then teased his wife, "Aminin mo na ring fan ka!"
Carol continued, "Hindi natin matatawaran yung galing niya at saka following niya.
"Parang ako, medyo adamant ako sa idea na it has to be Dawn, kasi who would think Michael V. and Dawn Zulueta will ever come out in a movie?"
Michael V. believes that the unlikely pairing will contribute to the movie's success.
"Marketing wise, it's also a come on na parang, 'Bakit gagawa ng movie, hindi naman bagay itong dalawang ito sa movie?'
"Hopefully, ma-prove namin na pwede pala."
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), along with select entertainment reporters, spoke to Michael V., Carol, and executives of GMA Entertainment Group during a pocket presscon last March 15 at the GMA executive lounge.
Family History is Dawn's first project with GMA-7 after 13 years.
Aside from producing and starring in the film, Michael V. is also directing the project.
STARSTRUCK OVER DAWN
To date, Michael V. has already completed two shooting days. They are eyeing a June 2019 playdate.
Carol revealed that during the first shooting day, her husband felt starstruck over Dawn.
"Noong first shooting day, nakita ko, starstruck, e. Parang nagdidirect pero fan, e!
"Noong una, hindi ko pinapansin masyado."
Michael V. then said, "May mga linyang nakakalimutang sabihin. 'Ay, hindi ba niya sinabi yun?'"
Carol continued, "E, ako may hawak akong script. Ang layo yata noong linya sa script?"
Still, Michael V. was heard saying: "Good, good. Good take, Dawn! Galing mo!"
In terms of work ethics, Michael V. and Carol only have good words for Dawn.
Michael V. said, "Si Dawn, masaya siya kasama.
"As you would expect from any other artista, the fact na sumali siya at nag-agree siya, she's willing to undergo that kind of change na guso naming mangyari."
Carol observed that Dawn is deeply involved with the film.
"Talagang involved din siya sa character niya, ang dami niyang input.
"We appreciate kasi, siyempre, ikagaganda ng movie mo yun, e."
Michael V. elaborated, "Ang dami ko pang ni-revise because of her input na hindi ko naman ire-revise kung hindi valid.
"E, dahil nag-invest na siya doon sa character niya, we have to take that into consideration and she makes a lot of point about her character. Collaborative siya."
Is Michael V. doing any intimate scene with Dawn for Family History?
He answered, "Depende how you look at it.
"Ako, aware sa status niya as a married woman, ako aware din ako sa akin.
"Never naman akong naging intimate with anyone on-screen, that's because part of the image sa career ko, sa career path ko, is not going that direction, so it's unnecessary.
"Pero we have enough, without revealing too much of the plot, parang di kailangan."