Paolo Ballesteros on shooting love scene with guy: "Mahirap naman kasi makipag-jugs sa harap ng camera."

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Paolo Ballesteros will attend the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival for his movie Die Beautiful. Will he transform as Meryl Streep for the red carpet?

Paolo Ballesteros and his makeup transformations will be highlighted in the movie Die Beautiful, which will have its world premiere in the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival.

In Die Beautiful, Paolo Ballesteros is cast as Trisha, a transwoman and beauty pageant veteran, whose dying wish is to have a fabulous death.

She makes one request for her friends when she passes away: she should have a makeup transformation for every night of her wake. She gets her wish and every night, a chapter on the life of Trisha will be shown to moviegoers.

The producers plan to submit Die Beautiful for consideration to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Paolo's makeup transformations have been featured in international publications such as Time magazine, Teen Vogue, Glamour, and Marie Claire.

Teen Vogue even described Paolo as "probably the greatest makeup artist in history?!" in a Facebook post.

During the press con of his latest movie, Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo May Boyfriend, Paolo said that he is glad that his makeup transformations have caught the attention of people worldwide.

"Kumbaga hobby ko lang naman yun, pastime.

"Maraming nagi-invite sa akin na mag-talk sa makeup convention sa ibang bansa pero sabi ko hindi naman ako professional makeup artist.

"Yung ginagawa ko is simply a hobby. Ako more on tinatransform ko yung sarili ko."

Would he accept a serious gay role in a movie similar to Brokeback Mountain?

"Yung Die Beautiful is somewhat serious. Noong unang pinagusapan namin ni Direk Jun [Lana] yun dapat comedy siya, light. Then naging serious at naging drama actress ako dun.

"Gusto ko yung mga challenging."

How does he feel about their film being selected as one of the main competition entries in the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival.

"Finally! Kasi two years in the making na ito. Ngayon na we found the right time na tapusin so happy."

(To learn more, read: Paolo Ballesteros-starrer Die Beautiful among films competing in 2016 Tokyo Film Fest)

Will he be transforming into a Hollywood star when he walks the red carpet in the Tokyo IFF?

"Secret!" exclaimed Paolo.

Meryl Streep is expected to attend the Tokyo Film Fest opening on October 25 for her movie Florence Foster Jenkins. The Tokyo IFF will run until November 3, 2016.

"Baka siya magulat!" said the Eat Bulaga host.

"Excited kami siyempre lahat kami excited.

"Excited kami na makita ng iba yung pinaghirapan namin."

Is he planning to do a makeup transformation of Meryl for the event?

"Nagawa ko na kasi siya," he recalled.

In the trailer of Die Beautiful, Paolo is seen kissing another guy. How was it like for him?

"Sa movie, hindi lang kiss," he disclosed.

Was it awkward for him to shoot a love scene with another guy?

"Medyo, mahirap naman kasi makipag-jugs sa harap ng camera. Pero okay lang kasi maganda yung mga shots."






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