The primer of the movie Imagine You and Me The Journey was filled with revelations from lead stars Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza as well as the movie’s director, Mike Tuviera.
The TV special, which was aired last July 9 on GMA-7, provided insights into the phenomenal AlDub love team of the 24-year-old actor and the 21-year-old actress who was initially introduced to the public as Yaya Dub.
Host Rhea Santos asked the main stars of Imagine You and Me to define “destiny.”
Alden believes, “For me, destiny is wala ka pa sa mundo, alam ng Diyos kung ano ang mangyayari all through your life.”
Maine adds, “Lahat ng nangyayari sa atin, may rason. You are fated to do the things that we will choose.”
Fate allowed the tandem to meet on July 16, 2015, signifying the birth of a team up that prompted Alden and Maine to reach astronomical heights in their careers.
Their first solo movie, Imagine You and Me, will open in Philippine cinemas on July 13, 2016-- three days before their actual anniversary date, July 16.
THE PHENOMENAL RISE OF ALDUB. How did Alden and Maine meet?
The young actor recalled their first “meeting” through split-screen since he was at the Eat Bulaga studio while Yaya Dub (Maine’s character) was at a barangay for the Juan for All, All For Juan segment.
“It’s a normal feeling…it’s like meeting a new person,” said Alden whose mere presence prompted Yaya Dub to blush and smile even though she was supposed to maintain a stern-looking face.
Even before being “introduced,” the actor already watched Maine doing Dubsmash videos. “Nakakatuwa na nakita ko na siya, she became part of Eat Bulaga. It was a regular day and they told me, ‘Alden, upo ka lang dun sa ‘Juan for All’ sa studio…’”
When asked about Alden, Maine (who is being interviewed alone at the time) becomes giddy. “Cute si Alden. I find him cute.”
She sheepishly admitted, “Opo, mayroon akong crush kay Alden--very, very light kaya po ganun ang reaction ko nung July 16. Kasi, kung wala naman po, di deadma na lang sana sa paglabas niya sa screen. Meron naman po, cute naman kasi.”
That fateful meeting led to the creation of the AlDub love team and would become the subject of the Kalyeserye, a mini-series within Eat Bulaga.
The story of the star-crossed lovers (who could only communicate back then through fan signs) was strongly supported by fans. Eventually, Lola Nidora (played by Wally Bayola) announced Alden and Maine’s historical meeting through the Tamang Panahon benefit concert.
On October 24, the Tamang Panahon benefit concert held at the Philippine Arena was filled to the rafters. Around 50,000 fans gathered and generously showed their dedication and support for the beloved duo. The event generated a remarkable record of 41 million tweets worldwide and raised P14 million pesos for charity.
Imagine You and Me director Mike Tuviera said about the epic event, “There’s only one word to describe – it’s miraculous! We were all very, very thankful, na walang aberya, walang aksidenteng nangyari even if you have so many, many people in that venue. Parang napaka-blessed namin that day. It was that successful! So parang sinabi ko, this is the start of something big!”
He describes the popular stars having successful brand endorsements as “very real.” He elaborates, “With AlDub, it’s about their personalities. They’re very real. What you see is what you get. That’s what advertisers responded to.”
IMAGINE YOU AND ME MOVIE ROLES. Every great love starts with a great story. Director Tuviera said about the lead characters in Imagine You and Me: “Tinitignan namin kung ano ang bagay kay Alden, anong bagay kay Maine.”
He also disclosed, “The movie title was supposed to be ‘temporary lang.’” From there, the story evolved. “In the movie, Maine tends to imagine a lot…what if ma-meet mo si Mr. Right.
“In terms of Gara, we want to keep the character close to her…We really tried to keep the character of Gara close to Maine this is her first starring role.”
He then pointed out, “The character of Andrew is much more complicated. Parang Olympics to, Yung kailangan gawin mong maneuver mas mahirap because mas experienced ka na. Mas marami kang acting experience, movie experience kay Maine…”
Alde said about his character, “I’ll be playing Andrew Garcia. Medyo heavy yung character niya dito. Nasubukan siya. Parang yung love para kay Andrew, parang exam; maraming tanong na hindi masagot. So ang feeling niya, lagi siyang babagsak.”
Maine, for her part, pointed out, “Ang character in Gara ay hindi nalalayo sa pagkatao as Maine Mendoza at Divina. Masayahin, tapos optimist, hopeless romantic yun talaga yun.”
Imagine You and Me was shot in scenic Lake Como and Verona in Italy. Joining the cast are Jasmine Curtis Smith, Cai Cortez and Cacai Bautista, Irma Adlawan, Yayo Aguila, William Martinez, Luis Alandy, Elijah Alejo and Jerald Napoles.
Cai and Cacai portray the best friends of Maine in the movie.
Jasmine Curtis, who is cast as Clarissa in the movie, said about Alden and Maine, “Working relationships with the both is I guess very different; each of them has a different personality when it came to conversation…”
Cacai, who has been following the AlDub love story since it was formed, gushed, “Sobrang excited ako na makatrabaho ang AlDub. Very fan naman ako.”
Upon arrival at the airport in Italy, the AlDub love team was shocked to see throngs of fans who warmly welcome them. The duo felt very blessed with the overwhelming support from their fans.
ON THE MOVIE THEME SONG. Maine recalled that right after reading the script, she was inspired to write the lyrics of the movie’s theme song.
“Sinulat ko po yun right after reading the script for the very first time sobrang fresh pa sa akin yung emotion. Hindi ko ginamitan ng utak para isulat yan. Kusa siyang lumalabas galing sa puso. “
She added, “Bawat letra talagang dun nanggaling din sa istorya at siyempre, hindi rin naging mahirap sa akin. Nakaka-relate ako sa character ni Gara. Si Alden, kay Andrew. Somehow, nakikita ko rin yung istorya naming dalawa dun.”
Direk Mike points out that what made their team up extremely successful is their chemistry. “Ang kakaiba sa kanila, kay Alden at Maine, ay yung chemistry and that is really something that you cannot manufacture. Minsan aksidente lang, di aakalain ng tao that these two people, this guy and this girl, have really, really good chemistry.”