Angel Locsin shows another facet of herself by showcasing her dancing skills in Star Cinema’s upcoming movie, In the Name of Love. She will be paired with Aga Muhlach and Jake Cuenca in this romantic drama that will mark the 18th anniversary of Star Cinema.
Director Olivia Lamasan helms this movie from a screenplay that she herself co-wrote with Enrico Santos. The stars and the production staff have been working on this movie for over a year.
Direk Olive reveals that In the Name of Love has a non-linear form of storytelling. She also emphasized that this is not a movie about dancing. "It’s not a dance film. It’s not [like] Step Up, Dirty Dancing. It just so happened that there is a dance instructor, nagkita-kita sila sa isang lugar."
In this romantic drama, Aga plays former dance instructor Emman Toledo who is assigned to choreograph for the Governor’s Ball. There he meets Cedes Fernandez (Angel Locsin) who is about to be engaged to Dylan Evelino (Jake Cuenca), the Governor’s son.
Angel is required to dance in most of her scenes and she studied all kinds of dances, including ballroom dancing.
During the movie’s presscon held earlier today, May 5, at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN compound, Angel admits that she was initially wary about the amount of dancing that her character would do in the movie.
"Kilala n’yo naman po ako, hindi talaga ko ako comfortable magsayaw. Isa yun sa bagay na hindi ko talaga gagawin unless kailangan nila. Dito, may change akong gawin at dito, hindi naman ako si Angel, ako po si Cedes. Parang nagtanong ako kay Inang [Direk Olive], ’Ako po ba talaga ang artistang napili n’yo? Kasi parang hindi po ako ito. Hindi po yata para sa akin ang pelikulang ito. Tapos tinawanan lang nila ako.
"Nag-aral talaga ako, more than three months ako nag-aral ng pole [dancing] kasi hindi siya basta-basta. Natuto rin akong magluto."
When asked regarding the chemistry between Angel and Aga, Direk Olive said, "very, very strong chemistry between them. In-alter na yung age gap, if that is your concern."
When they were starting to work on the movie, Direk Olive pointed out that she made sure that Aga was comfortable about looking more mature in this movie since his character is an aging dance instructor.
"Klinaro ko kay Aga. Sabi ko sa kanya, ’I’d like to know kung willing ka. Kasi itong character this is his age. This is what happened to him—willing ka ba aminin for the character na matanda na siya, eto nangyari sa kanya. May wrinkles na siya, he has aged, he has become a loser. Siyempre, may imaging pa yung artista [being a leading man]."
Jake says that he underwent a transformation for this movie. "Iniba ako ni Direk, e, hindi ako dun si Jake Cuenca, e. Walang angas, walang yabang. Working on this changed my perception of acting dahil ngayon lang ako naging ka-committed sa isang project. Pati pananalita ko, iba."
When asked what differentiates this from previous movies from Star Cinema, co-writer Enrico Santos explained, "This tells an almost tragic love story and it combines love and danger. Personally, nakita ko ang pelikula kung paano siya nagbigay ng kilig and passion. You are given the risk, the danger and yet kilig ka pa rin."
Aside from Angel, Aga and Jake, this movie also stars Dante Rivero, Ryan Eigenmann, Emilio Garcia, Dimples Romana, Kat Alano, Michael Flores, Smokey Manaloto, Bobby Andrews, Joshua Zamora, Nanding Josef, Maliksi Morales, and Paul Salas.
It will also mark the return of Carmi Martin to the big screen after doing a series of soap operas.
In the Name of Love will have a premiere night on May 10 at SM Megamall. On May 11, it will be screened in cinemas all over the Philippines.
On May 28, it will be shown at the Alex Theatre in Los Angeles and on May 29, it will be screened at the Fox Theatre in San Francisco.