James Reid instructs OTWOL co-star Nadine Lustre: “Nads, you kiss me then I’ll finish off the kiss.”

On The Wings of Love director Antoinette Jadaone (left) observes that James Reid and Nadine Lustre are now veterans when it comes to shooting kissing scenes.




Antoinette Jadaone is known as the #hugot director, the sensational creative force in developing the much kilig films, most notably That Thing Called Tadhana. The JM de Guzman-Angelica Panganiban starrer is now considered the highest grossing local indie film in the Philippines.

Direk Tonet is currently in charge of ABS-CBN’s television hit On The Wings of Love, a romantic comedy starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre.

Just last night, September 9, fans were looking forward to the onscreen kiss between Clark and Leah, the characters played by James and Nadine on OTWOL.

There were two incidents when the married couple almost kissed each other but they were both interrupted by different people.

The show’s official hashtag #OTWOLMostKiligNight garnered more than 1.7 million mentions on Twitter, making it one of the worldwide trending topics on the microblogging site.

Direk Tonet revealed in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that James and Nadine have shot kissing scenes already and she even considers them as "kissing scene" veterans because they hardly need any instructions from her.

She took time to answer some questions about the Jadine loveteam:

Please describe the relationship between James Reid and Nadine Lustre. Inaalagaan ba ni James is Nadine on set?


Direk Tonet: “Really good friends silang talaga. Di ko alam kung ganon kalalim [kung best friends sila], pero I see that it’s a genuine friendship. Hindi siya for show. Definitely ang gusto ko sa kanilang dalawa, nagtutulungan sila sa eksena. Nagdi-discuss sila. Kunwari, si Nadine, kung hindi niya makuha ito [itong eksena], tutulungan siya ni James. Kung si James, hindi niya makuha ito, tutulungan siya ni Nadine.”

May chance ba silang maging real life couple?


Direk Tonet: “Di ko alam, e, pero parang bahala sila. Wala naman akong [problema] pero basta huwag lang maapektuhan sa [filming]. Sobrang kita ko yung friendship nila na parang hindi sila nag-iiwanan. Yung friendship nila hindi siya for show, definitely. Hindi siya fabricated.”

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Ano ang reaksyon mo kapag kino-compare ang Jadine sa Aldub nina Alden Richards and Yaya Dub?

Direk Tonet: “I think it’s a good thing. Kasi, Aldub is a breakthrough phenomenon. To be compared to them, it’s like saying ‘may something din yung loveteam ni Jadine.’ Hindi ko naman sila minamasama.”

Ano ang difference ng Jadine sa Aldub?


Direk Tonet: “Siguro mas madami nang pinagdaanan ng loveteam nila [Jadine]. Mas marami na silang pelikulang nagawa. Mas kilala na nila yung sarili nila. Siguro, nung first time pa nilang gawin ito, hindi ganito kasolid yung performances nila. Pero dahil ngayon, marami na silang pinagdaanan, naka ilang pelikula na sila. Tapos halos araw araw magkasama sila. Mas kilala nila ang sarili nila ngayon."

To date, the Jadine loveteam has been featured in three movies: Diary ng Panget, Talk Back and You’re Dead, and Para sa Hopeless Romantic.

Ano ang difference ng Jadine sa Kathniel tandem nina Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla?


Direk Tonet: “Ina-acknowledge naman nila na nauna talaga ang Kathniel. Wala silang big dreams of pababagsakin yun. They were all happy with how the show is doing. Kapag may pinagawa akong bagay sa kanila, gagawin nila. Mahal nila yung show. Alam nila yung effect nila sa kanila."

Naiilang ba si James sa kissing scene niya with Nadine?


Direk Tonet: “Hindi. In fairness sa kanilang dalawa, magaling silang humalik. Magaling sila sa screen kiss. Minsan sinasabi ko ‘Pag ganitong take, gilid lang siya ha, kahit hindi na kayo magkiss diyan,’ magkikiss pa rin sila. So parang lang wala siguro sa kanila 'yon.

“Unang take, close up, kasi siyempre iba yung first take. May magic yung take one. Si James ay take one actor, mas magaling siya sa first take. Kapag second take, iba na yung bigay niya.

“Si Nadine, mas diesel. Gumagaling siya habang tumatagal yung take. So ginagawa ko, si James, sa kanya muna yung camera. So pag sa next take, si Nadine na. So ibig sabihin, okay na si Nadine.

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“Mayroon kasing isang kissing scene na gusto ko si Nadine naman ang unang hahalik, kasi nakakarami na si James (‘Masyado ka nang pa-bebe ha’). Hindi pala siya unang humamalik ever na nauna siya sa pelikula so first time.

“Yung unang take, hindi ko nagustuhan. So kinuha ko si James, ganito yung gusto kong mangyari na kiss, ganyan ganyan. So nag-usap sila, sabi niya, ‘Nads, you kiss me then I’ll finish off the kiss.’

“In fairness sa inyong dalawa, di ko kailangan masyado i-direct. So nung sinabi ko na, nakuha naman nila. Sanay na. Pag di ko makuha yung anggulo, o kiss ulit. Wala na, parang humihinga lang.”


What makes the loveteam of Jadine work?


Direk Tonet: “It’s a fresh love team. Ang feeling ko sobrang nakakatulong talaga, na hindi sila sa totoong buhay. Kasi parang, yung gagawin nila sa pelikula, sa eksena, ay hindi pala nila ginagawa sa totoong buhay. So parang may magic.

“Kunwari nagkikiss sila sa totoong buhay, iba na ‘yon pag nagkiss sila on screen. May nawala na na-something, di ba?

“Dahil hindi sila sa totoong buhay, pag pinag-hug ko sila, na parang nagbreak kayo, iba yung hugot nila sa character. Kasi yung hugot nila hindi personal. Feeling ko may magic yun, e. Si Piolo [Pascual] & Juday [Judy Ann Santos] / Bea [Alonzo] & John Lloyd [Cruz], di naman talaga sila. So may magic talaga pag hindi sila.

“Pag naging sila, ewan ko sa kanila. Sabi ko sa kanila sa workshop, bawal maging kayo [joke]. Di naman. Yun yung, feeling ko, isa sa mga magic nila na hindi sila sa totoong buhay. Kasi, ako, nung pinanood ko yung [2014 movie] Diary ng Panget at bago ko sila i-direct, akala ko sila. Tapos nung nagworkshop, hindi pala sila. In fairness sa inyong dalawa, nakakaloka kayo. So ibig sabihin may something, may magic talaga, na para maloko nila ako.”

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