Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards went through a different immersion process for their roles in the movie Hello, Love, Goodbye.
Director Cathy Garcia-Molina said that it was her first time to employ such a procedure.
In her June 19 interview, Garcia-Molina revealed how she "treated" the actors to fully immerse them for their roles, especially Kathryn who plays a domestic helper (D.H.) in the film.
She said, "Definitely, ang pinaka experience kong bago talaga, kasi first time kong ginawa sa artista ko yung pinasabuhay ko sa kanya yung totoong role niya, for Kathryn and for Alden.
"Especially for Kathryn, dahil D.H. siya, medyo inalila talaga namin siya sa Hong Kong.
"Before leaving pa, kinausap ko na sila na they will not be treated special. Sila ay ituturing naming katulad naming mga mangagagawa and they agreed.
"I'm very happy that they are very professional enough to accept the conditions na meron ako, pero alam naman nilang lahat na para sa kanila yon.
"So ganun yung experience na wala kaming bine-baby sa set. In fact, pinagsisilbihan kami ni Kathryn kasi siya nagluluto, siya naghuhugas ng pinggan.
"Panibagong experience sa kanya, but I think it helped her a lot para magampanan yung role nang maayos at panoorin niyo po si Kathryn sa pelikulang ito."
As for Alden, Garcia-Molina did not divulge how the GMA-7 actor did immersion for his role.
Last Friday, June 14, Star Cinema first released the teaser of Hello, Love, Goodbye.
The film will be showing on July 31 in cinemas.
Garcia-Molina admitted that filming in Hong Kong was a bit challenging, but they learned a lot from their experience.
"Kahit ano namang pelikula, lagi naman nating sinasabi pinaghihirapan, mahirap, because it is.
"But itong Hongkong, aside from the hirap, maraming magagandang... just like other films, ibang experience, ibang adventure.
"It's different working with Hong Kong nationals, Hong Kong crew, iba rin experience ng parang strangers kayong lahat sa lugar na yun."
In fact, it's her first time as a filmmaker to finish a film months before the playdate.
She revealed, "Matagal na, first time sa buong buhay ko na paggawa ng pelikula na natapos ako more than a month.
"In fact, almost two months before the showing to give way to proper post-production time."
Garcia-Molina is currently in Bangkok, Thailand for the movie's post production.
This time, Star Cinema is working with Kantana Group, a production company based in Thailand.
According to its Wikipedia page, the group focuses on three core areas of producing content: television production, film and post production, and "edutainment" and government relations.
Garcia-Molina said, "Ipinagmamalaki ko na ang pelikulang ito ay susubukang lumebel sa standards ng international. Sabi nila, globalization!
"Para makita, matuto kami na gumawa ng pelikula sa ibang bansa, titignan natin yung difference, ano pa ang puwede nating i-improve, ano pang puwede nating pagandahin sa audio, sa video quality, so doon po ako mag-ge-grading."
This will be the first time that Star Cinema will be working with the group. Its post-production facility has worked on movies such as Bad Genius, Memoirs of a Geisha, Superman Returns, and Casino Royale.
The rom-com director continued, "Kilala sila na pinupuntahan ng kahit ibang nationality. So triny natin.
"Una, afford natin. Pangalawa, mas malapit. Pangatlo, they're really good at what they do.
"So we are here to learn and hopefully to improve and share it to the rest of Philippine moviemaking na sana maka-level talaga tayo doon, international. Ang taray!"