Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion talk about their on- and off-camera relationship

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Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion's first team-up is definitely not their last,as Richard confirmed, “Meron pa kaming susunod na gagawin. ForValentine's naman.”



The Kapuso and Kapamilya Network's pride RichardGutierrez and KC Concepcion, respectively, guested together live on Startalk for the first time yesterday, August 23, to talk about their much-awaited movie For the First Time and the relationship that strengthened betweenthe two of them while filming in Greece.

Startalk hostButch Francisco asked that since this is Richard and KC's first team-up-andKC's first movie, how did they both feel?

"It's been such a great experience talaga," Richard said andsmiled in KC's direction. "Ang dami naming memorable moments and yung buongexperience ng paggawa ng pelikula kasama si KC ay talagang enjoy andunforgettable. Masaya talaga."

KC agreed. "Ako, first movie ko ito talaga sa buhay ko, so lahat bago. Magandana magkaibigan na kami [ni Richard] bago kami nag-umpisa kaya mas nagingcomfortable din ako. Ang sarap ng feeling kahit pagod, masarap na pagod. YungStar Cinema po, sobrang mabait and inaalagaan kami talaga."

BEAUTY AND PRAISEFROM GREECE. Many beautiful scenes were shot inGreece. Now, why exactly did they shoot in Greece? Does the movie's story orits characters have any connection to the said country?

"Yes," Richard said. "Actually ang character ko, nakatirasiya sa Greece and si Pia [KC's character], magbabakasyon doon ngayon at doonkami nag-meet. Dahil..."

"Dahil," KC continued, "meron po akong yaya. Ang yaya [playedby Candy Pangilinan] ko may ka-love team sa Greece! Nakakatawa lang po siyatalaga. Yung pagpunta namin sa Greece, part of the reason why nagpunta ako,dahil ang pen pal niya taga-Greece. So pumunta kami doon para magtagpo yungdalawa din. So, maraming rason."

Richard added, "At ang isa din reason ay napakaganda ngGreece, visually, talagang maganda siya. Makikita ninyo kung gaano siyakaganda."

Did they have any memorable experiences while shooting themovie?

"Madami, sobra!" Richard said. "Yung buong trip naminmaganda. May eksena nga kaming ginawa na drama... Gusto ko muna sabihin bago anglahat, e, si KC isang napakahusay na aktres. For her first movie, napakagalingniya. May eksena kaming ginawa na, nag-cut na si Direk [Joyce Bernal], si KCtuloy pa rin ang iyak. Nagha-hyperventilate na siya. Binigyan na namin siya ngtubig, e, hindi siya makawala doon sa eksena sa drama. Binuksan talaga ni DirekJoyce ang puso namin dito, e."

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Since they mentioned Direk Joyce Bernal's name, how is she as a director?

"Napaka-relaxed niya," KC said, with a tinge of amazement inher voice. "Relaxed na alam na alam niya ang ginagagawa niya. Kung meron mansiyang sabihin sa iyo na hindi mo usually na magugustuhan or something, parangat the end of the day, nagamit mo sa eksena. Bilang tao talaga, sobra siyangokay!"

"Masarap siyang katrabaho," Richard followed. "Dahil ‘pagwork na, focused. Gusto niya na ilabas mo ang totoo at yun ang gusto ko kayDirek Joyce. Natulungan niya kami na ilabas ang totoo."

KC added, "Kung ano ang maganda, kung ano ang hindimasyadong maganda, masaya, malungkot—talagang ginagawa kang tao talaga. Ako,sobra akong guarded noong umpisa kasi nga lumaki ako sa mata ng lahat. Parang,tinitignan ako ng lahat. Parang yung ano na lang meron ako't gusto itago sasarili ko. So, medyo nahirapan ako noong first few days. And then, ngayon withmy experience ko with Direk Joyce, e, wala na akong pakialam. Kahit ano'ngipagawa sa akin, okay lang!"

SUPPORT FROM THEIRFAMILY. Richard, being the son of showbiz parents Eddie Gutierrez andAnabelle Rama, and KC, being thedaughter of Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion, what kind of support do theyget from their families?

Richard was the first to answer. He said, "Sa lahat naman ngbagay naging supportive ang buong family ko, they are always there for me. Siladin ang sandalan ko ano man ang mangyari."

"At," KC thoughtfully added, "yung experience din po ng mgamagulang namin, e, siyempre binahagi din nila sa amin kung ano ang natutunandin nila simula noong kasing-edad namin sila. So, naiintindihan nila angpinagdadaanan [namin]."

Since they're the kids of local tinseltown's box-officemovie holders, do they feel the pressure that they need to surpass their parents?

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"Iba naman po ang generation namin at iba yung nagingexperience namin sa naging experience nila," KC explained. "Iba naman po angmabibigay namin din sa mga tao na sana magustuhan nila. Siyempre, may namanadin kami from our parents. Pero siyempre, may kaunting mabibigay din kami na bago para sa kanila."

"And kami," Richard added, "we just give our best. We didour best for this project."

SUPPORT FROM EACHOTHER. To Richard and KC, how do they show their support for one another?

Richard said, "Well ako, I did my part since si KC, firstmovie niya ito. Pareho naman kami, actually pareho kaming may pressure.Siyempre ang laki ng pressure na galingan namin, we have to do our best, wehave to give our all. So, nandoon kami para sa isa't isa kaya I want to thankKC na naging supportive talaga siya sa akin at ginawa niya parang napakacomfortable ang set at inalagaan niya kami—hindi lang ako—kami."

"Pareho din ang masasabi ko kay ‘Chard," KC followed. "Lahatpo ng maririnig ninyong magaganda about him ay totoo—bilang tao,professionally—totoo talaga."

Did they feel uncomfortable with one another when the demandof their team-up piled up to the extent that it affected their relationship asfriends?

KC said, "Siyempre pagdating sa trabaho, ang support naminsa isa't isa bilang dalawang actors, bilang magkatrabaho—isang Kapuso at isangKapamilya."

Richard added, "Masasabi ko na throughout the wholeexperience na nagpunta kami sa Greece, nag-travel kami together, binuksan angmga puso namin sa harap and likod ng camera, at talagang naging malalim angsamahan namin ni KC. Para sa akin, unforgettable experience ‘yon."





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