Derrick Monasterio and Barbie Forteza are paired again on the big screen.
They will top-bill the movie Almost A Love Story, which will be shown starting April 11 in cinemas.
Shot in Italy, this movie serves as the reunion of the DerBie love team after almost three years.
In a recent interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Derrick said that he is happy to be working with Barbie again. She was his leading lady in the GMA-7 TV shows Luna Blanca (2012), Paroa: Ang Kwento ni Mariposa (2012), Anna Karenina, and The Half Sisters (2014).
He said about their reunion, "Yung mga hindi ko na nakikita na Instagram fan account dati, nakikita ko na bigla ngayon. Happy sila!"
Who came up with the idea of having a Barbie-Derrick reunion project?
Derrick answered, "Yung mga producer, kasi parang may mga pinagpilian din talaga.
"Pero naisip nila na mas matagal kami nagkasama ni Barbie, mas comfortable na kami sa isa't isa.
"Pero si Barbie, siya na talaga yung girl."
Almost A Love Story is about two best friends (Barbie and Derrick) who remained close despite their distance.
This is because Derrick's character is a painter who resides in Italy.
Barbie goes to Italy to join Derrick and his mom.
Derrick said about the film, "It's a movie na nakakakilig na hindi namin kailangan magkita para kiligin ang tao.
"Parang akala mo friend pa lang pala kayo, parang magkaibigan lang kasi naglolokohan, mag-best friend, pero nadedevelop na pala, mutually."
NO UNDERWEAR SCENE. In the teaser launched last January, Derrick goes topless in a scene with Barbie.
In a previous interview, he recalled that while doing the scene, Barbie had an observation on his crotch area.
He said back then, "May sinasabi siya sa akin, e. Nako-conscious ako pag sinasabi niya. Bumubukol daw!"
PEP.ph then asked him about this scene.
Derrick disclosed, "Yung isang scene doon, I was swimming and then wala kasi akong belt.
"E, sobrang luwag ng pants ko so kailangan ko siyang hawakan all the time kasi mahuhulog pag hindi."
Their director, Louie Ignacio, instructed Derrick to remove his underwear for the scene.
Derrick continued, "E, pinatanggal ni Direk yung underwear ko, ewan ko kung bakit, siguro conflict sa endorsement, so tinanggal namin.
"Parang nakaka-conscious lang kasi pagkatapos ng pants, yun na agad, tapos basa pa."
The Kapuso actor clarified that he did not have a wardrobe malfunction while shooting the scene.
"Hindi naman. Nasa ilalim ako ng tubig, nahuhubaran ako pero inaangat ko uli, okay na Direk.
"Siguro kung yung mga tao doon, nakitaan na nila ako dun pero sa screen hindi naman."
Does Derrick feel uncomfortable or awkward when he is asked about scenes involving his body?
He answered with a laugh, "Normal naman siya kasi natural naman, binigay ni Lord!"
After Almost A Love Story, Derrick and Barbie's love team will be seen in the Kapuso drama series Inday Will Always Love You.