“Ayoko,” bulalas ni Lauren Young nang tanungin namin kung ayaw ba niyang maging beauty queen tulad ng ate niyang si Megan Young na hinirang bilang 2013 Miss World.
“Natatakot ako e,” sagot pa rin niya kung bakit ayaw niyang sumali sa anumang beauty pageant.
Natatakot siya saan?
“Matalo,” at natawa si Lauren.
Hindi ba siya ine-encourage ni Megan?
“Kasi she knows that I don’t want talaga, e. Like I think maybe, pero at the same time, I don’t wanna say no a hundred percent.
“It’s just, right now, it’s not what I want right now.
“Because I really... parang I have this thing kasi na I’m here in this industry, I’m doing what I love and I wanna make my mark here muna.
“I wanna prove something muna, that I’m a good actress. I wanna be known as a very versatile actress and I have a long way to go to prove that.
“So until I reach that dream... only then, maybe I would be open to another dream. But right now, this is my dream and I wanna pursue this first.”
Iyon nga ang nais ipakita ni Lauren sa kinabibilangan niyang pelikula ng GMA Films—ang Overtime.
Nakausap siya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa presscon ng pelikula noong Martes, June 17, sa Annabel’s restaurant sa Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City.
ACTING METTLE. Gusto raw tularan ni Lauren ang pagiging aktres ni Angel Aquino.
“I just wanna be the type na kahit anong ibigay mo, kaya kong gawin, iyon yung gusto ko.”
Napatunayan ba niya ito sa Overtime?
Sabi niya, “I hope so, I hope so. Kasi hindi ko pa naman siya napapanood that’s why I’m scared kasi sa premiere night ko pa siya mapapanood.
“But ako naman, just like everything I do, you know, I study my script, I talk to the director, I ask him what he wants.
“I try to follow what they want specifically because it’s their vision.
“And you know, I just give my all. I give a performance, the best performance that I can give so hopefully, it’s good enough.”
WORKING WITH RICHARD. Hindi ba siya kinakabahan na baka maapektuhan ang showing ng pelikula dahil sa pag-amin nina Richard Gutierrez at Sarah Lahbati na may anak na nga sila na si baby Zion?
Si Richard ang lead male star ng Overtime at si Lauren ang female lead.
“Pero kasi, the thing kasi, in the movie naman, we’re not a loveteam naman kasi talaga,” paglinaw niya.
Pero siya ang leading lady ni Richard.
“Leading lady in the sense na because kami yung dalawa sa lead role, but pagdating like sa mga intimate scenes at saka sa mga love scenes, ganyan-ganyan, we’re not, parang we’re not like that.
“Actually, I’m one of his victims kasi so he lures me in and he pretends that he likes me and, you know I fall for it because I’m a naïve girl.
“But then parang, we have a scene na you know, we’re leading na into sex, but then I get shocked kasi akala ko parang nasasarapan siya, ganyan-ganyan...
“Tapos bigla [akong] magugulat because may i-inject siya sa akin to make me fall asleep and then when I wake up, I have a bomb strapped to me.
“So he becomes, from the guy that I thought I could fall in love with, he suddenly becomes a villain in my life,” patikim na kuwento naman ni Lauren tungkol sa Overtime na ipapalabas na sa mga sinehan sa July 2.
INTIMATE SCENES. Gaano katindi ang intimate scenes nila?
“It’s torrid, it’s very sensual. It’s sexual so it’s not for kids,” at natawa si Lauren.
Paano niya ito pinaghandaan? Ito ang first time ni Lauren na gumawa ng ganitong klase ng eksena sa isang proyekto.
“I brushed my teeth,” at muling tumawa si Lauren.
“I made pabango!
“Charot lang. Hindi ano, I talked to [Richard]. Siyempre, I have to make sure na I’m ready for it physically as well.
“Out of respect siyempre ’di ba, you have to make sure that you smell good and you’re clean so I got ready that way,” seryoso niyang lahad.
Hindi ba nailang si Lauren sa love scene nila ni Richard?
“Of course I was tense ’cause it was my first time to do a love scene, and also at the same time, his girlfriend is a very good friend of mine so parang…”
May ilang factor?
“At first. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Ano sasabihin ni Sarah?’
“Ginanun ko lang siya,” at tumawa si Lauren.
‘Baka magalit siya sa akin, ha?’
“Sabi niya, ‘Hindi naman.’
“But then, ano lang, I talked to him, I was like, ‘Okay, you understand that this is my first time to do something like this and I know that you’ve been through this before.
“’So I would just appreciate it if you could guide me through the whole process.’
“Because I have no idea what I’m doing, and sabi ko, ‘I don’t wanna look like a fool! So let’s just help each other out and make sure that, you know, it comes out well.’
“So he guided me, he’s like, ‘Oh no, we’re gonna do this and then we have to do that.’
“He was a gentleman, he was professional and I really appreciated that.”
GOOD KISSER? Biniro namin si Lauren kung paano humalik si Richard.
“He’s a good kisser! That’s why Sarah loves him,” at tumawa ang aktres.
Kung ire-rate niya ang halik ni Richard from one to ten…
Hindi na raw siya humingi ng permiso kay Sarah sa mga love scenes nila ni Richard.
“I think she knew naman, I think that’s between them na ’cause siyempre they’re together. So you know, it’s his decision if he’s going to tell her.
“Siyempre I think she knows naman na trabaho ’yan, gets niya yun, gets niya yun...
“Na it’s just work and I think we’re such good friends, you know, she trusts me enough that I will not do anything sketchy to her boyfriend.”
ADMIRABLE WORK ETHIC. Puring-puri rin sa kanya si Richard bilang co-star, na walang arte si Lauren.
“Ako naman kasi you know, I’m a cowboy naman, e. If it’s work, huwag ka nang maarte.
“Tinanggap mo yan e, so gawin mo na lang, ’di ba? Otherwise, if you don’t want to do it, then don’t do it.
“It’s as simple as that. Ako kasi, I’m very considerate kasi with the people I work with, you know.
“I’m the artist, I’m the one who gets to sleep in the tent and get aircon and make pahinga in between takes.
“But the other people around me, they’re the ones who are on their feet 24/7. Why will I make pabigat when there are people who work harder than me?”
Ang Overtime ay sa direksyon nina Earl Ignacio at Wincy Ong at kasama rin sa cast sina Mitch Valdez, Renz Valerio, Roadfill, Bearwin Meily, at si Mr. Roi Vinzon.
May special participation din dito sina Yayo Aguila, William Martinez, Edwin Reyes, Ruby Ruiz, Elle Ramirez at Frencheska Farr.