Charlie Dizon forbidden to talk to Paulo Avelino while filming Fan Girl

by James Patrick Anarcon
Dec 28, 2020
Charlie Dizon on daring scene with Paulo Avelino in Fan Girl: “Hindi po namin napag-usapan kasi iyong mga eksena na iyon, for me, in my case, nabigla na lang din po ako. Pero kasi nagtiwala naman ako, alam kong planado nila iyon, alam nila iyong gagawin po."
PHOTO/S: Fan Girl trailer (Black Sheep)

There was a reason why lead actress Charlie Dizon was not allowed to talk to her leading man, Paulo Avelino, during the shoot of Fan Girl.

Fangirl director Antoinette Jadaone admitted on her Instagram Q&A she had decreed it, briefly explaining, “Fan siya dito, hindi artista.”

To make sure her instruction was strictly followed, she even gave Charlie her own air-conditioned tent.

In the movie, an entry in the 46th Metro Manila Film Festival, Charlie plays Jane, a die-hard fan stalking a fictional version of Paulo Avelino. She hides under his pick-up truck and discovers the dark secrets of her idol.

At the Fan Girl’s Zoom bloggers’ conference held on December 28, 2020, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) further asked Direk Tonet about her approach to doing the film.

She said, “Sa start kasi ng pelikula, di ba, awkward pa dapat? Kasi parang nahihiwagaan pa si fan girl kay Paulo Avelino kahit di naman niya nakakausap, ganyan.

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“Gusto kong ma-preserve iyong awkwardness na iyon na, feeling ko, kung after every scene, parang iyong usual set na magtsi-chikahan, closey-closey, sabay-sabay kumakain, mawawala iyong magic na iyon, iyong awkwardness ni Charlie kay Pao.

“I think nag-work naman kasi ang ginawa namin sa shoot, iyong first part ng script, first part talaga ng shoot namin ginawa.

"Parang almost chronological namin siya ginawa. Sinundan ni Charlie as an actor iyong journey rin ni Jane as a fan girl.

“So noong gitna, parang pinayagan na namin siya sumabay kay Paulo kumain, although si Pao, lagi namang nakatambay sa set kasi machika siya sa mga crew.”

CHARLIE AND PAULO ON DOING THE sex SCENE

The movie required Charlie and Paulo to do an edgy, sexually-charged scene.

Direk Tonet revealed in her Instagram stories that Charlie was briefed about it without giving her a full copy of the script.

The director reasoned, “Dahil bagong aktres siya, baka masyado siyang ma-excite at aralin nya nang bongga ang script, which might lead to her acting being overly studied and calculated.”

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Because of Direk Tonet's no-talking approach, PEP.ph also asked both actors their reactions to doing the scene without rehearsing for it.

Charlie answered, “Hindi po namin napag-usapan kasi iyong mga eksena na iyon, for me, in my case, nabigla na lang din po ako.

“Pero kasi nagtiwala naman ako, alam kong planado nila iyon, alam nila iyong gagawin po.

“Kumbaga na-warningan naman na po ako before pa na gano’n iyong mangyayari, parang surprise talaga, para maging mas raw and natural iyong maging reactions ko.

“For me, nagtiwala na lang po ako kay Direk Tonet at kay Pao na mapapaganda naman iyong eksena.”

For his part, Paulo said, “Ako, mas na-shock ako kaysa kay Charlie kasi ang dami talagang pinapagawa ni Direk Tonet.

“Dalawa lang naman, e. Either may ipagawa siya or wala siyang ipagawa. Hindi niya na sinasabi kung anong gagawin ko. Buti na lang, nakakapag-adjust ako sa eksena.

“Ganun talaga, it’s just being true to your character and to the material ‘tapos eventually, matatapos rin iyong mga eksenang gano’n.”

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With DirekTonet calling the shot, however unorthodox it was, Charlie and Paulo brought home the top acting awards in the 46th MMFF Gabi ng Parangal held on December 27.

Fan Girl was also awarded Best Picture.

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Charlie Dizon on daring scene with Paulo Avelino in Fan Girl: “Hindi po namin napag-usapan kasi iyong mga eksena na iyon, for me, in my case, nabigla na lang din po ako. Pero kasi nagtiwala naman ako, alam kong planado nila iyon, alam nila iyong gagawin po."
PHOTO/S: Fan Girl trailer (Black Sheep)
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