Bea Alonzo takes on a mature role in And I Love You So

"Hindi naman ako afraid to fall in love. Siguro more careful kasi dala-dala ko na'yong mga natutunan ko from my past relationships," said Bea Alonzo when askedabout falling in love again. This is the main theme of her upcoming movie And I Love You So, which will premiere on August 12. The Star Cinema film will also feature Sam Milby and Derek Ramsay.

Bea Alonzo dared to do an intimate scene for Star Cinema's16th anniversary movie offering AndI Love You So.

"Lahat na yata binigay ko para sa pelikulang ito—lahat ngluha, pawis, dugo!" the 21-year-old actress told the media during the mediajunket prepared for her last July 27.

She said that her upcoming movie with Sam Milby and DerekRamsay is very different from her earlier projects, which mostly required herto act like a sweet teenager.

"Aside from mabigat 'yong konsepto namin, it talks about areal woman, a grown up woman. So,compared to my other characters na parang ‘not a girl, not yet a woman,' dito,talagang woman, talagang she has come [of] age," described Bea.

She also noted "Ito 'yong pinaka-mature [na role ko]. It's a heavy material pero naging carefulkami sa pag-e-execute kasi gusto namin hindi siya 'yong nagda-drama ako, umiiyakako. [Gusto namin] parang 'yong totoolang, kung paano magre-react ang totoong tao."


WORKING WITH DIREKLAURENTI DYOGI. And I Love You So is also a comeback movie for director LaurentiDyogi. His last movie in 2004, Now That I Have You, also featured Beawith her then on-screen partner John Lloyd Cruz.

Bea was excited that she would be directed again by DirekLauren, whom she considers to be her mentor.

"I'm very fortunate to haveworked with Direk Lauren again kasi siya 'yong mentor ko. Nag-iba na kami ng style kasi sa umpisa, siyatalaga ang nagturo sa aking umarte. Siyaang mentor ko sa Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay."

Then, she compared her first experience with Direk Laurenwith their working relationship in And ILove You So.

She recalled, "Noon very exactpa, as in, ‘Dito ka titingin. Ditotutulo ang luha mo.' Ngayon, sablocking, dini-discuss lang namin. He tends to hear my side, my interpretation. So, parang sobrang happy ako kasi may tiwalana siya sa akin. 'Tapos, tatanungin niyapa ako, ‘Ano ang gagawin mo? Paano kamagre-react?' 'Tapos sasabihin ko sakanya, ‘Ay, Direk, ibubulong ko sa kanya para mas masakit.' Alam mo 'yon, ganun na kami ngayon. So, mas pine-prefer ko 'yong ganun."


ON LOVE SCENE WITHSAM. Aside from being cautious notto overdo her dramatic scenes, Bea also prepared physically for the much-talkedabout "love scene" with one of her leading men, Sam Milby.

Bea told the entertainment media, "Kumbaga, gagawa na rinlang ako, e, ibongga ko na. bukod sa anggagwapo nila [Sam and Derek], hunk sila, baka magmukha akong nanay kapag kasamasila kaya kailangang magpapayat."

She added, "Narinig ko pa lang 'yong story, 'tapos sinabinila na, ‘Okay lang ba sa 'yo na mayroong love scene, may two-piece scene?" I immediately said, ‘Yes.' Kahit na medyo mataba pa ako noon, sabi kokailangan ko talagang magpapayat."

Although a lot of people have shown their appreciation for her effort to stay slim for thismovie, Bea admitted she was pressured to maintain her current figure. She said, "Actually, mas lalo akongna-pressure kasi sa sobrang nilang hina-hype 'yong sa two-piece. Parang hindi ako pwedeng tumaba kasi bakakapag nakita nila ako sa guesting, nakita nila 'yong magazine, baka sabihinnila, ‘Ay, pinoto-shop.' Kailangan kadaguest appearance ko, kailangan payat akong tingnan."


And what's her secret to keeping her fit body? Aside from eating boiled eggs and saba (boiled bananas), Bea alsoplans to resume her Bikram Yoga sessions, which helped a lot in maintaining her figure.

When Lara (Bea Alonzo) lost her husband of five months, she didn't think she could go on living, much less love again.

Now, seven months later, Lara is still in mourning. Every time a loved one died, someone else was there to cushion the blow. When her mother died when she was 14, it was her father. When her father followed six years later, there was the rest of the family. But when her husband died, no one could offer any consolation—not her siblings, not her in-laws, not her friends. Not only was he the love of her life, he had also become her life. It would have been better if she had died with him.

In the meantime, her business has taken a nosedive. She's also deep in debt with her unpaid condo and car mortgages.

With all these problems in her life, how would Oliver (Derek Ramsay) and Chris (Sam Milby) figure in her life? Will she finally move on?


Watch Bea, Sam, and Derek as they give life to a story aboutlove, loss, and letting go in And I LoveYou So, which will premiere on August 12.


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