Aga Muhlach and Anne Curtis were in Boracay from March 25 to April 2 to shoot Star Cinema and Viva Films's co-production When Love Begins. Despite the 14-year age gap between the two stars, the director of the movie believes that they were able to effectively portray lovers who are both afraid of being in a relationship.
Direk Joey Reyes told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during his solo presscon earlier today, April 9, that the chemistry of the 38-year-old matinee idol and the 23-year-old actress was "fine." But he admitted that he was initially worried how the two would appear together.
"I was worried because people might say, ‘My God, he's been around for so long and she's so young.' But it doesn't matter. He's so good-looking and she's so sexy," said the director.
In When Love Begins, Aga plays a lawyer turned environmentalist named Ben Caballero while Anne is a marketing executive named Michelle "Mitch" Valmonte. According to Direk Joey, Mitch is "a very rich girl who's dancing from one relationship to another. And she does not believe in commitments either."
Christopher de Leon plays a special role in this movie as Anne's father. He works in a real-estate company that plans to convert land in Boracay into commercial areas. This puts his work in conflict with the character of Aga who aims to maintain ecological balance in Boracay.
This is the 18th movie of Direk Joey with Aga but his first time to work with Anne Curtis. "I've done so many movies with Aga Muhlach before and again, this is a pleasant experience. He's a personal friend, so again, I'm looking forward to working with him again and again."
Direk Joey and Aga's last project together was the movie Kung Ako Na Lang Sana (2003) with Sharon Cuneta.
As for his working relationship with Anne, he said, "This is the first time I've worked with her and this is a delight. I'm happy that I have been entrusted and given the privilege of working with them. Anne is so uncomplicated, walang arte, walang kiyeme, napakabait at pleasant na bata. And I want to work with her again, very very soon! After the many months of working with them, I'm very happy," revealed Direk Joey.
According to Star Cinema's promo specialist Jun Mayuga, they started shooting the film last year but shootings were cancelled when Aga Muhlach's mother, Mrs. Anita Aquino, passed away last November 18 due to lung cancer.
Scenes of the movie were shot in Station 1, Station 2, and Puka Beach on the other side of the Boracay island. When Love Begins will open in theaters nationwide starting April 30, 2008.
Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema