Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino are reunited for the offbeat romantic movie I'm Drunk, I Love You.
It will be recalled that they were previously worked with each other in the ABS-CBN teleserye Bridges of Love, which they topbilled along with Jericho Rosales.
Paulo admitted that he has had experience in the past getting "liquid courage" from alcohol.
He revealed, "Medyo torpe ako, e. Minsan kailangan ng pampalakas ng loob."
Maja joked, "Pag may alak, may balak.
"Pag torpe sila, paiinumin natin para magsabi.
"In fairness sa akin, wala pa kong nakaka-date o nakasama na [umamin habang lasing]...wala pa naman."
What can moviegoers expect from the upcoming indie film of Maja and Paulo?
"Kapag medyo intoxicated ka sa alcohol, dun ka nagiging honest, malakas ang loob," said Paulo during the set visit held in New Manila yesterday, November 30, 2016.
"Ito istorya ng dalawang magkaibigan, dalawang mag best friend at yung isa, in love sa best friend niya for seven years.
"Kinikimkim niya for seven years."
Will there be love scenes between Dio (played by Paulo) and Carson (played by Maja)?
Paulo pointed out, "Di naman necessary na meron pero kasi parang college students kami dito, e, pero siyempre as an adult na parang as a young adult, parang siyempre nae-experience mo rin yun sa buhay mo. Siyempre gusto naming i-showcase kung ano talaga yung...[nangyayari]."
How do they prepare for kissing scenes and/or love scenes?
Maja said that she felt relaxed knowing that her leading man in the project is Paulo Avelino.
"Kung hindi si Paulo, baka umaga pa lang sobrang kabadong kabado na ako, pero yun nga kasi si Paulo naman. So ang preparation ko lang is toothbrush (laughs), ganun lang.
"Parang siyempre pinagkakatiwalaan mo naman yung tao kasi alam mo naman na aalagaan ka sa eksena so ayun."
The ABS-CBN actor disclosed his fears about doing intimate scenes with a partner.
"Ako personally takot ako mag-love scene.
"Kasi, not for anything, pero parang ang hirap, e. Parang siyempre natatakot ka dahil baka mamaya, baka ma-offend mo yung partner mo or anything, pero… yun lang. Parang pag may love scenes, I try to be as professional as possible."
Maja then praised Paulo for his steamy love scene with Angelica Panganiban in his recent Star Cinema movie.
"Grabe yung love scene nila ni Angelica sa The Unmarried Wife," gushed Maja.
"At least wala pa naman tayong naririnig na may nabastos siya kasi nga, in fairness naman kay Paulo, aalagaan ka naman niya."
Paulo reiterated, “Takot ako mag-love scene.”
ON PORTRAYING COLLEGE STUDENTS. Directed by JP Habac, the film I'm Drunk, I Love You takes place four days before graduation. Two college best friends go on one last road trip where they settle how they really feel for each other.
Paulo felt nostalgia while shooting this movie about college life.
"Yung mga ganitong pelikula makaka-relate lagi yung audience mo, in different levels and different understanding pero ang pinakanaka-relate ako dito kasi parang era ko, e, era ko nung lumalaki.
"Tapos yung mga kantang ginagamit tapos yun na rin pag may sem break o kaya may long weekend, magbi-beach or pupunta kung saan tapos iinom with friends. Parang yun yung best memory ko when I was younger so parang ang sarap na nare-reminisce mo yung young adulthood mo."
Maja considers this film as her way of experiencing college life through her character Carson.
"Hindi kasi ako nakapag-college," said the actress. "So parang, eto, excited ako gawin kasi mae-experience ko kung ano yung buhay ng isang college student at kung ano talaga yung mga nangyayari kapag ganun yung age nung mga tao, nung mga bata."
How was it like shooting in La Union?
"Sobrang saya!" exclaimed Paulo.
Maja agreed by saying, "Ang saya! Saka, ang gaan!"
Paulo explained why their characters embarked on this road trip to the said surfing spot:
"May event. May event sa La Union.
"Kumbaga hinatak ko yung best friend ko para sumama sa ‘kin."
I'm Drunk, I Love You is scheduled to open in cinemas during the first quarter of 2017. It also stars Dominic Roco (as a friend of Carson), Jasmine Curtis Smith (as a friend of Dio), Irma Adlawan (as the mother of Carson), and Jim Paredes (as the father of Dio).