Napakasuwerte ni Riza Santos. Dahil sa unang pagkakataon nanagkaroon ng katuparan ang pagsasama sa pelikula nina Dolphy at Vic Sotto, siya ang naging leading lady ng dalawa.Kahit sabihin pa na second choice lang siya to MarianRivera na siyang original leading lady sana. Hindi lang kasi magtugma saschedule ni Marian ang shooting for the movie.
Kahit baguhan pa lang sa showbiz, alam na ni Riza angpagiging "higanteng" artista ng dalawang kasama niya sa pelikulang Dobol Trobo, Ready To Rambol. Ayon kay Riza sapress conference ng movie kagabi, July 5, sa Imperial Suites, Quezon City, ine-expect na raw niyang magiging big hitang movie nila.
"My expectation is that it will be a very huge blockbusterhit because it's being starred by Tito Dolphy and Bossing. I'm sure a lotof people are very excited to watch the movie, so, I'm very confident that itwill be a blockbuster," pahayag niya sa press na kaharap, kabilang ang PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal).
STARSTRUCK. Sa dalawang kasamang batikang komedyante,kanino siya mas na-starstruck?
"I admire both of them in good ways. Si Tito Dolphy, he's been admired by my family for three generations na, my grandparents,parents and myself. With Bossing, I watch Eat Bulaga! and the firstFilipino film I've ever watched is Ano Ba ‘Yan? And I really enjoyed thefilm, their sense of humor, and working with them, as well, definitely.
"I not only get to admire them as artists but I got to knowthem in a more personal level, which is very nice."
Mismong ang dalawang co-stars na niya ang nagbuking na atfirst, talagang naiilang at halatang nahihiya pa siya, ngunit pagkaraa'y nagingkumportable na rin. Ano ba ang masasabi niyang ginawa ng mga ito for her to bemore at ease with them?
"They are very down-to-earth! Of course, when you're on set,out of respect, you'll be the first one to approach them and say hello, butafter that, you don't expect that they will come talk to you and give youpointers because they don't have to, but they do! They are really very nice.So, I didn't expect that.
"That's the first time, that an artist who is moreexperienced than I am, more admired and respected, approached me."
WOMEN LIKE HUMOR. Napangiti si Riza when PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked her kung aware ba siya na kilalanglover boy ang dalawang lead stars ng movie?
"I'm quite familiar with that, I'm aware..."
Nakita niya ba kung ano ang mga qualities meron ang mga ito,kaya nga nagiging habulin ng mga babae?
"I think, one thing that a lot of women like is for a guy tohave a great sense of humor. Someone that can make them laugh. I think, that'sa great trait that both of them have. Obviously, that's the reason why theywe're so loved by a lot of women."
Yun din ba ang katangiang hinahanap niya?
"That's something that I want my future partner to have."
THINGS WITH MARIEL. After niyang masangkot sa intrigadahil sa diumano'y pang-iisnab nga raw niya sa ilang Kapusostars, naikuwento ng PEP kay Riza na ang dating nakaintrigahan din niya noon saPinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 na si Mariel Rodriguez ay isa sa naging defender niya atnagsasabing mabait naman siya.
So, how are things between her and Mariel now?
"Oh, yeah, I even talked to her, when I guested in EntertainmentLive! Regarding Startalk," tukoy ni Riza na interview raw ng mgaKapuso stars na "sinungitan" diumano niya.
Nagulat naman si Riza when PEP told her na si Mariel pa palaang nag-insist na ito mismo angmag-i-interview kay Riza.
"Oh really? I didn't know that! Wow! It's interestingbecause even after that issue came up, even before, she's been really sweet."
Ramdam ba niyang sincere si Mariel?
"Oh, yeah, I think she is sincere. Even for that one singleevent na parang wala naman sa akin, it got publicized, but still the same, Istill view her as one of my friends."
GOOD OR BAD, STILL PUBLICITY. Pagkatapos ba ngnangyaring yun ("sungitan issue" sa FHM sexiest show), may natutuhan din siyanglesson?
"Hindi naman...I still put my trust on people. I still want tosee the best in people. So, with regards to being conscious, I guess, with myface, I became more smiling. Kasi kapag hindi ako naka-smile, I look like moremataray. So, it's not being conscious, it's being more aware, especiallysa industry na ito."
May kasabihan, good or bad publicity, it's still apublicity. Puwede niya bang sabihin na kahit paano, nakatulong din sa kanyapara makilala pa ang nangyaring isyu?
"I think sa kabila, sa GMA-7. Because in regards to theissue, hindi naman malaking issue. Parang it just got blown out of proportion.I think, it's more on misunderstanding. But I think, people can understandthat.
"I think, it works for me because I get to be known inGMA-7, " natatawa niyang sabi.
SUCCESS AFTER PBB. After naman daw ng DobolTrobol, she is set to do a new film under Viva Films,ang horror movie na Bulong. Obviously, among their batch in PBB,isa siya sa talagang nagtutuluy-tuloy ang pag-angat ng career.
"I feel blessed, but I also feel that we are all successfulin our own ways. Like with Jon Avila, he had his Kapitan Boom. And then, Will [Devaughn],he's in Australia right now. We're all successful in our own ways."