“This is the heaviest drama movie that I’ve ever done,” said Gretchen Barretto when asked about Star Cinema's latest movie offering, The Trial.
She plays the role of a developmental psychologist, who is determined to help John Lloyd Cruz’s character prove his innocence in a rape case.
“Ako po ay isang developmental psychologist dito na asawa ni Richard Gomez at nanay naman ni Enrique Gil,” she said.
At the presscon of The Trial held last night, October 2, Gretchen shared that she feels fortunate to be part of a project that challenged her to be the best at her craft.
But more than anything else, Gretchen, 44, revealed that she’s thrilled with the fact that the movie gave her the opportunity to work with John Lloyd, 31.
“Talagang one of my ultimate dreams is to work with John Lloyd because I watch his movies.
“I believe in his talent. More than that, I really am the biggest fan of John Lloyd.
“So, nung sinabi nila na I’m doing a movie with him, talagang ang laki ng pasasalamat ko sa ABS-CBN at Star Cinema,” she said.
Given a chance, Gretchen gushed that she would love to work again with the three-time Box Office King of Philippine cinema.
As it is, they were so focused on their respective characters that they didn’t really have the chance to bond off cam.
“I didn’t feel that there’s a John Lloyd on the set kasi talagang siya na si Ronald [John Lloyd's mentally challenged character] pagdating.
“Magpelikula tayo ulit para ma-experience ko naman ang John Lloyd. I’m just grateful,” she added.
The Trial is also a reunion project of sorts for Gretchen and Richard Gomez who previously worked in movies such as Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin (1992) and Paalam… Bukas Ang Kasal Ko (1986).
It was so long ago that Gretchen admittedly can’t remember the plot of their first movie together. Richard, on the other hand, still vividly remembers a scene where La Greta showed off her sexy body.
In response, the 48-year-old actor quipped, “Ako naalala ko. At that time, ikaw yung pinaka-sexy na nakita kong artista. Kasi may scene kami dun na naka-bathing suit ka. Sabi ko, 'Oh my God!'”
Gretchen laughingly replied, “Ah, talaga? Yung kuwento hindi mo naaalala. Pero yung bathing suit ko naalala mo."
On a serious note, Gretchen observed that she and Richard have both grown more mature in terms of their craft.
“Siyempre, ang tagal naming hindi nagkasama ni Goma [Richard's monicker] sa isang proyekto.
“The difference is I see now that we have both matured as an actor.
“He’s very supportive as an actor. Tinutulungan niya ako sa mga eksena.
“Halos lahat ng eksena mahirap, so natutulungan niya ako,” she stated.
The 44-year-old actress also expressed her gratitude for Direk Chito Roño, who kept her on her toes throughout the shooting of the movie.
“In the beginning, parang I felt ‘Oh my God! Nakakakot!’
“Kasi parang hindi mo alam kung anong gusto ni Direk. He guides you in a way na parang he’s allowing you to exercise your craft.”
At the end of the presscon, Gretchen related that they shot the most difficult part of the movie during their last shooting day.
"Talagang trial yun—from the rape scene to the almost death scene.
"Masakit ang mga katawan namin ngayon ni John Lloyd, ni Richard, ako, because of the shoot yesterday [October 1].
"Natapos kami ng past 5 A.M. Yung greatest trial puyat na puyat pa rin kami ngayon," she finally stated.