Annicka Dolonius continues to impress the film industry with her acting chops.
In 2013, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 Gawad Urian. In 2015, she portrayed a high school student named Alex in Jim Libiran's sexually-charged film Ninja Party for the 2015 Sinag Maynila Film Festival. This was followed by the surfing-drama Apocalypse Child that earned for her the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2015 QCinema Film Festival.
The 25-year-old actress considers these projects as part of her learning process to become a better actress.
She explained, "I'd like to think I've grown. I grow with each role, I grow with each passing year. I'm definitely a different person. Apocalypse Child is particularly a big change for me especially, I guess as an actor because we had so much collaboration and we were able to give so much input. It made me feel a lot stronger as an actor. A lot more confident. I think that's where I am now, a lot more confident with what I'm doing, mostly."
Directed by Mario Cornejo and produced by Monster Jimenez of Arkeo Films, the film will have a commercial release starting this October 26.
Apocalypse Child follows the story of Ford (played by Sid Lucero), a surfing instructor who is believed to be an illegitimate son of Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola. Annicka was cast as Fiona, Ford's love interest.
To prepare for her role, Annicka and the cast members trained under the Philippine Surfing Academy in a wave pool at Club Manila East.
Annicka recalled, "First, I had to learn how to surf because Fiona was supposed to be a really good beginner surfer. So I had to take lessons from the Philippine Surfing Academy at a wave pool somewhere in Ortigas. I had to get fit and be able to stand on a surf board. That's most of the preparations. The rest of it is in the script."
She also added, "I had to cut my hair. They wanted her to have a pixie haircut."
Annicka considers this as the most challenging part of making the film. She explained, "I would say the hardest thing is to learn how to surf and not look like a complete idiot which I hopefully managed to do and beside from that, the script is emotionally quite demanding. That was quite difficult. It was easier to get through because everyone is so comfortable with each other and ready to work."
In this film, Annicka was pleased to have worked with their director for giving them the freedom to express their characters.
She disclosed that she gave input regarding her character, "I guess, you'd want a little help, what their vision is, what they're trying to get on camera. So you want their direction, you want their guidance but to be able to come in and say, 'No, my character wouldn't probably do that, she would do this.'
"And that makes more sense to me and the fact that we were able to work like that was very, very liberating and even, you know, at some points, Mario was like, 'Just do it my way, we can try it your way but do it my way.' But there is a lot of collaboration."
One of the notable scenes in this film is her love scene with her reel-turned-real life partner Sid.
The actress admitted that it was a challenge for them to build their chemistry with Sid at that time since it was their first day of shooting.
Annicka recounted, "This was really funny because we shot that scene on the first day of shooting. So we had to be very, very comfortable with each other like that [in a snap]. The idea was that it was supposed to be two people just being completely comfortable with each other, completely naked or whatever. We gave it all that we had and we didn't have to think about it anymore, which is nice."