Gwen Zamora recalls first kissing scene with Paulo Avelino in GMA-7

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Gwen Zamora recalls that she actually did her first kissing scene with Paulo Avelino for a GMA-7 show in 2011. Seven years later, she now plays as one of Paulo's leading ladies in Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.

Actress Gwen Zamora is seen again on the big screen for Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.

In this historical movie, she plays Remedios, one of Goyo's love interests.

Goyo is played by GMA-turned-ABS-CBN actor Paulo Avelino.

According to Gwen, it is not the first time that she worked with Paulo for an acting project.

She recalls, "He was actually my first kissing scene in GMA, like 7 years ago. Parang I guested on his show and then, ayon."

Gwen is referring to the 2011 afternoon drama series Alakdana, starring Paulo, Louise delos Reyes, and Alden Richards.

In the show, Gwen was cast as the ex-girlfriend of Paulo.

This time for Goyo, the 28-year-old actress said that she did not do any intimate or kissing scene with Paulo.

"Very short lang yung mga scenes namin together.

"There were all like glances and shared letters. It's more of glances, that's how they flirted or got to know each other.


"So lahat, parang tingin tingin lang. We didn't have that many long dialogues. There's just one big scene that you'll see by the beach."

How is Paulo as a co-star?

"He was very in the zone when we were working. Tahimik lang and he was always discussing with Direk Jerrold Tarog about his role, his character.

"He was always asking people's opinion on how he should do it. He was very committed which is good because he really invested his all in this movie." (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke to Gwen during the grand media launch of Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral last August 23 at Novotel, Cubao, Quezon City.


Just like the actors chosen to play important roles in Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, Gwen also went through an audition.

However, Gwen originally auditioned for another TBA-produced movie titled Bliss.

"I first auditioned for Bliss and then hindi ko nakuha but then Direk said, 'I'll keep you in mind to audition for something else.'


"And then he invited me to audition for Goyo. And then they gave me all the lines.

"E, di ba, olden Tagalog? So parang nag-hire pa ako ng Tagalog tutor just to help me go through the lines.

"I studied them by heart so when I got them I prepared. I was really committed and driven to get the role."

Gwen revealed that her boyfriend Jeremy Marquez was one of the people who paved the way for her to get the role.

She recalled, "He is actually the one who helped me get this role because Direk Jerrold couldn't get my number so Jerrold asked Cholo Barretto then Cholo asked Jeremy. Ayun."

While she knew that a lot of actress also tried out for the role, their identities were never divulged to her.

"They even covered all the pictures. They were really discreet about the audition.

"Siyempre if I know who else is auditioning, baka lalo akong ma-stress, di ba? I'd rather not know."


Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is now being screened in Philippine cinemas.

What should moviegoers expect from the movie?

Gwen said, "Go there open-minded and willing to absorb it. Don't go in comparing it agad to Heneral Luna.

"It's a completely different character. It's a completely different feel."


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