"Sobra. Sobra, sobrang nervous!" said Megan Young when asked to recall her kissing scene with co-star Allen Dizon for the Cinemalaya entry Sigwa.
"Siyempre he's an older guy and you know...ginayd niya pa rin ako kasi, you know, I'm younger than him. I don't really have experience pagdating sa mga on-screen kisses, mabuti na lang nandiyan siya," said the ABS-CBN actress during the gala night held last July 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
In the film, there is a close-up of Megan and Allen as they kiss. They portray activists who fall in love and beget a child.
"It's a very passionate pero very tender kiss lang naman. Actually, first kissing scene ko talaga as in yung totoong kiss. Kasi dati nung nag-Betty La Fea ako, parang...pa-smack-smack lang, ngayon kiss na talaga," said Megan.
Megan has been in a relationship with her non-showbiz boyfriend for a year. What is his reaction to her kissing scene?
"Sinasabi ko kahit may kissing scene ako, 'Huwag mo na lang panoorin.' So, mabuti na lang wala din siya ngayon kasi may kissing scene mamaya," she said with a laugh.
Directed by Joel Lamangan, Sigwa also stars Dawn Zulueta, Gina Alajar, Marvin Agustin, Pauleen Luna, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Tirso Cruz III. It's Direk Joel's official entry in the Director's Showcase category of the 6th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. (CLICK HERE to read more about this Cinemalaya entry)
FIRST INDIE FILM. Her appearance in Sigwa marks Megan's acting debut in an indie film.
Megan plays Dolly, the younger version of Dawn Zulueta's character in Sigwa. This film depicts the intertwining lives of activists who fought against the dictatorship during the First Quarter Storm of 1970.
"Ang role ko, isang Pilipina pero galing akong States so ang Tagalog ko dito is medyo barok, pero may accent...Parang may American twang ako, pero marunong naman siyang mag-Tagalog. She's a journalist and she goes back to the Philippines para malaman kung ano nangyayari during [Ferdinand] Marcos's presidency."
The Kapamilya staralso admits she was once scolded by Direk Joel because she was late on the set.
"Si Direk Joel, well, you hear stories na parang terror director... He's very strict I can say that, pero mabuti na yun, mas gusto ko pa yun kaysa sa ibang director na maluwag na hindi sinasabi kung ano yung gusto niya at hinahayaan ka lang. That's what I really like about him, parang gina-guide ka talaga niya."
Megan is currently part of ABS-CBN's Saturday sitcom titled M3 (Malay Mo Madevelop) where she acts opposite Aga Muhlach and Ai-Ai delas Alas.
"Nag-start na kami last week. Pero ang character ko, aalis siya tapos babalik na ko sa week five," she mentioned.
FILM STUDIES? The 20-year-old actress says that she would like to finish her studies and possibly take up filmmaking in college.
"Gusto ko sana mag-take ng film kasi iniisip ko, nasa business na ako, why not, you know, if ever hindi mag-work out in front of the screen, puwede naman ako behind the scenes," said Megan, who is currently a fourth year high school student.
Is she open to joining a beauty pageant like Binibining Pilipinas?
"I don't know, depende siguro kasi hindi pa, I guess hindi pa talaga ako handa para sa ganyan. May tamang oras para diyan. Gusto ko muna career at sana makatapos muna ako ng college ko bago ako pumasok sa ganyang bagay," said Megan.