Regine Velasquez reveals that she almost backed out of her upcoming movie, Yours Truly, Shirley.
Yours Truly, Shirley is one of the entries of the 2019 Cinema One Originals film fest, where Regine plays the title role.
It is also her movie comeback after seven years. Her last movie was Of All The Things with Aga Muhlach, shown in 2012.
During the press conference for Cinema One Originals 2019 last October 22, Regine explained why she almost backed out of the movie before they started shooting.
It reached the point when she already asked her sister and manager, Cacai Velasquez, if she could still back out.
Regine admitted, "Actually, to tell you honestly, noong before mag-start, ayoko nang gawin kasi nai-stress ako, parang gusto ko ba talagang gawin ito?
"Sabi ko sa kapatid ko, 'Pwede bang mag-back out?'
"So, minura niya ako! Hahaha!
"Thank you very much to my sister Cacai. Apparently, takot ako sa kanya, so sabi ko, sige gawin ko na lang!"
Turning serious, Regine admitted that there were really times when she felt doubt if she can do a role offered to her, causing her to think twice about doing a project.
"No, but meron kasi akong ganun minsan, hindi ako sure kung gagawin ko talaga.
"But noong ginawa ko na, first day pa lang, na-enjoy ko na uli yung buong proseso ng paggawa ng pelikula, so the whole two weeks to me was very enjoyable."
REGINE ON ACCEPTING THE PROJECT
In Yours Truly, Shirley, Regine plays Shirley, a widowed woman who is smitten by a pop star JK, played by Rayt Carreon.
Shirley instantly becomes his fan after seeing a resemblance between the pop star and her late husband, to the point that she believes that JK is a reincarnation of her dead husband.
The movie is directed by Nigel Santos, who makes her directorial debut.
Regine said about her young director, "Basta alam ko lang, nabudol ako. Nabudol ako niyan! Hahaha!"
Still, Asia's Songbird is happy to be part of the Cinema One Originals film festival for the first time.
"No, of course, I'm very happy to be part of this festival, it's my first time and I'm also happy to be amongst co-actors, I've never really considered myself as an actor.
"Mahirap ilagay yung sarili ko sa karamihan ng magagaling na artista ngayon, but I'm very honored to be here."
Regine was also asked if her husband, Ogie Alcasid, also convinced her to act in a festival movie after experiencing it himself.
Ogie was the lead actor in the 2018 Cinemalaya Film Festival entry, Kuya Wes.
Regine said, "Actually, hindi, nagkataon lang na nagustuhan ko yung project.
"In-encourage niya na rin ako pero hindi naman talaga ako na-influence niya, kasi as a matter of fact, medyo matagal na akong hindi gumagawa ng pelikula, parang di ko alam.
"Wala ako doon sa tamang wisyo ng paggawa ng pelikula, ewan ko, parang tinatamad ako, parang gusto ko lang muna kumanta, anyway I'm a singer naman talaga.
"But noong ikinuwento sa akin yung story, noong niligawan nila ako, parang I got very interested with the character so I accepted it."
Regine also believes that starring in a movie directed by a newbie director is a challenge for her, because she is used to having Bb. Joyce Bernal as a director for most of her movies.
"Why not? It's part of the whole excitement of making a movie, it's part of the whole experience.
"It's true though, kasi meron ako noong gusto kong magdi-direk sa akin, kilala ko, kaya nga puro si Joyce Bernal nagdi-direk ng movie ko.
"Parang hindi ako sanay pag iba, parang nahihiya ako kasi nga, hindi ko talaga kinu-consider yung sarili kong artista.
"I'm not an actor, so gusto ko, yung director na magdi-direk sa akin, kahit papaano kilala na ako.
"But I wanted also to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone, I suppose."
Cinema One Originals 2019 will run from November 7 to 17 in select cinemas.