Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion will soon be seen together forthe first time on the big screen for the movie titled ForThe First Time. Their characters meet in Greece and they spend anunforgettable summer together in a lovely village built on tall cliffs,offering a breathtaking view over a submerged volcano.
The cast members of this Star Cinema film shot the movie inthe beautiful Santorini island in Greece, which was created because of avolcanic eruption. KC describes this island as a place in between two famousHollywood settings: on one side was the setting of the movie Sisterhood ofthe Traveling Pants while on the other side was the island where Hollywoodstars shot the movie version of Mamma Mia!
"Alam mo pag magsu-shoot kayo abroad, talagangtulungan. Nagbubuhat kami ng film. Kanya-kanyang diskarte, e," saidRichard regarding the difference between shooting abroad and locally.
Richard's brother Ritchie Paul joined the ten-day shootingperiod in Greece. "Siya kasi ang available...kasama ko lang siya, pag maykailangan ako, siya yung pinapakiusapan ko. Saka gusto rin niyang makita to seehow movies are made. Gusto niyang mapanood how movies are made kasi gustoniyang mag-aral sa Big Foot in Cebu."
Richard is referring to Big Foot Entertainment's film schoolin Cebu called the International Academy of Film and Television. Students ofthe IAFT are guided by filmmaking and acting professionals who have worked onmajor projects in Hollywood.
In For The First Time, Richard plays Seth, a rich,impulsive playboy who runs away from serious relationships and doesn't givemuch thought about the women he goes out with. "Siya ang tipo ng lalaki nahappy-go-lucky, adventurous," describes Richard. "He would take on differentjobs regardless of how risky it may be. Ang character ko, ang dami nang inikot.Gusto niyang lumayo sa Pilipinas dahil may mga family conflicts ako saPilipinas. Ako ang type of guy na ayoko ng conflict. Ayoko ng issue so umalisang character ko so pumunta siya ng Greece. Nagpunta na siya sa Bahamas,nagtrabaho na siya kung saan-saan. Then napadpad siya sa Santorini kung saannaging boatman ako dun."
He met KC's character, a tourist, through common friends in SantoriniIsland. KC describes her character Piaas an "independent strong-willed girl. Girl power siya talaga. Kahit anogagawin nya kahit mag-isa lang siya. Feeling n'ya yung mga babae, kaya anglahat. Until she meets Seth, na naging ex [-boyfriend] na ng barkada n'ya.Kilalang-kilala na niya si Seth bilang ex ng mga friends niya. Until natutosiyang mag-relax and natuto siyang mag let go at hayaan kung ano angnaramramdaman niya."
After having a memorable time in Greece, Seth runs awaysince he becomes too scared of being involved in a long-term commitment withone woman. But after coming to his senses, Seth returns to Manila to pick upwhere he left off with Pia. Will the young lady accept his apology or will sheharbor anger for what he has done?
For the First Time marks several firsts: it is thefirst movie of the daughter of Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion; it is thefirst time that Richard has worked with Star Cinema; and it is also Richard'sfirst time to work with a female director in the person of Joyce Bernal. Thisfilm is also part of the 15th anniversary celebration of Star Cinema.
Richard describes his leading lady as someone who is humbleand caring. "After spending ten days with KC in Greece, talagangnakapag-bonding po kami dun at nakilala ko siya ng husto. Pero may mga ugali padin si KC na dun ko lang din na-discover.
"Kung iisipin po natin, lahat tayo, ‘pag inisip natin si KC, meron agad tayongcertain image na naiisip na parang prinsesa siya. Pero kung makikilala niyo posiya ng husto, try traveling with her. Napaka down-to-earth po ni KC, at lahatpo ng tao, inaasikaso niya pati mismo yung cameramn namin at yung assistantcameraman. She cared for them.
"There was a point nga na...after a long day shoot,pagkabreak, kami ng kapatid ko, bagsak kami sa kama. Nakita namin si KC, maydala siyang food. She prepared food for us. Kaya kung anumang image yung naiisipnatin sa kanya, burahin natin yun kasi ‘pag nakilala n'yo siya ng husto,napakabait na tao niya," says Richard about the daughter of Sharon Cuneta andGabby Concepcion.
The GMA-7 star enjoyed working with Direk Joyce Bernal forthe first time. "[It was] veryfun. Actually kami na, e," hejoked. "Masaya siya talaga kasama. [It's my] first time to work with a female director. This is another first for me. Nakakapanibago lang. I like her. She opensyou up, [she tells me] ipakita mo kung anong totoo."
Star Cinema's For the First Time opens in theatersnationwide starting August 27, 2008.