What happens when you share a scene with your favorite actress?
For Kim Chiu, she actually forgot that she was acting in a scene when she first came face-to-face with her idol Alice Dixson.
The two are co-stars in the upcoming horror movie The Ghost Bride, which is directed by Chito S. Roño.
Kim said about her first scene with Alice, "Tumiklop talaga ako!"
The young actress continued, "Parang kinausap pa ako ni Direk Chito na, 'Kim, ano na? Kinakain ka na niya!'
"So siyempre, kasi nakatingin lang akong ganyan, hindi na ako umaarte! Kinakain ka ng acting ni Alice Dixson!
"So parang sobra akong na-a-amaze na na-mesmerize na hindi na ako nakapag-focus sa character ko.
"May ganun palang moment, ang tagal-tagal mo na siyang pinapanuod, pumunta siya sa Amerika, nawala siya, tapos ngayon, nasa harap mo na, magka-eksena na kayo sa pelikula."
Kim had to remind herself to work since she was on a movie set.
"Sandali lang, 'Uy Kim, gising!'
"Yung first scene namin, nahirapan talaga ako. Nakatitig lang ako sa mukha niya kasi ang ganda-ganda niya, kahit binago yung hugis ng kilay niya, naging pataas na, maganda pa rin siya kahit ganon na yung accent niya!
"Ang galing-galing niya pa rin so parang nakaka-amaze, nakaka-starstruck."
Kim admitted that during their first scene, she wasn't able to give her best.
"Yung first scene namin, hindi ko talaga na-give yung super best ko. [Pero] na-cure naman kasi umulan, e, so na-reshoot namin!"
In the movie, Kim plays Mayen, a Filipino-Chinese girl who agrees to be a ghost bride to help her family financially.
She gets the offer of being a ghost bride from the mysterious matchmaker Angie Lao played by Alice.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), along with other bloggers, spoke to Kim during her bloggers's conference last October 12 at the Oriental Palace Restaurant in Quezon City.
The Ghost Bride opens in cinemas on All Saints' Day, November 1.
LEADING MEN. Even though The Ghost Bride is not a love story, Kim gets to work with two new leading men: Matteo Guidicelli and Christian Bables.
While it is her first time to work with Christian, Kim already had Matteo as her leading man in the 2011 teleserye My Binondo Girl. Back then, Kim's character ended up with another leading man, played by Xian Lim.
Kim praised her two co-stars in The Ghost Bride.
She said, "Si Matteo ayun nagkawork na kami before and parehas pa kaming Bisaya. May rapport naman na kami even before.
"Si Christian, Bisaya din siya tapos hindi siya nahihiya na magtanong, na magpa-advice so parang ang sarap makipag-eksena, makipagtrabaho sa taong open for suggestions."
PEP.ph asked Direk Chito how Kim's two leading men were chosen.
He explained, "I wanted to get [new faces] kasi number one, hindi ko pa talaga frequently nakatrabaho. This is something new for Kim, sabi niyo nga, I worked with her sa Etiquette for Mistresses (2015), and then, of course, yung horror na The Healing (2012).
"So I want somebody not so familiar with us in the movie. Of course, kilala naman ni Kim dahil puro taga ABS-CBN din naman.
"Pero in terms of yung chemistry on-screen, hindi masyado naging problema yun kasi they're all serious actors naman. At the same time, yung characters naman, it's not really a love story per se. So nagrerely talaga ako sa performances nila.
"Masasabi ko, I wanted to get somebody na bago rin sa horror, bago rin sa genre na ganyan para mas exciting din siya for me as a director kasi hindi ko alam paano nila ia-act out yung sa ganyang genre ng horror."
Direk Chito dropped hints about the roles that the characters of Christian and Matteo will play in the life of the lead actress.
"Si Christian yung kanyang love noong high school tapos biglang naglaho, nawala, kasi nga mga bata, kung saan pumpunta yung parents. Wala silang magawa.
"Si Matteo ang medyo may pagka-complicated yung sitwasyon niya. Actually, meron na silang agreement ni Mayen to get married. Ayun lang yun."
Aside from Alice, Matteo, and Christian, Kim's other co-stars in The Ghost Bride include Robert Seña, Ina Raymundo, Mon Confiado, Beverly Salviejo, Isay Alvarez, Nanding Josef, Cacai Bautista, Victor Silayan, and Jerome Ponce.