Excited na si Kris Aquino para sa Hollywood red-carpet premiere ng pelikulang Crazy Rich Asians na gaganapin sa Los Angeles, California, Martes ng gabi, August 8 (August 9 ng umaga sa Pilipinas).
May special participation si Kris sa nasabing pelikula bilang si Princess Intan.
Nagkaroon ng meet-and-greet si Kris sa kanyang mga tagahanga sa Los Angeles nitong Lunes ng tanghali, August 6 (madaling-araw ng August 7 sa Pilipinas).
Dito siya nakapanayam ng TV5 reporter na si MJ Marfori at ng LA-based Filipino-American writer na si Christina Oriel.
Dito ay nagkuwento si Kris kung paano niya pinaghandaan ang red-carpert premiere.
Ang suot daw niyang alahas ay katumbas ng halaga ng isang franchise ng gasolinahan.
Pero nilinaw naman niyang hiram lamang ito sa jewelry store na affiliated sa kanya.
Nabasa rin daw ni Kris ang isang artikulo sa Washington Post kung saan malaki na raw ang pagpapahalaga ng bagong henerasyon ng Filipino-Americans.
Aniya, “It’s no longer Asian-American, the younger generation identifies being Filipino-American.
“So I said that nararamdaman ko and my heart feels that when bits and pieces came out about what my role was, for any Filipino, I may think you would… whether you like me or not, the fact that a Filipino got to play that role will matter.
“So, I think yun yung naramdaman ko na parang so many of the followers in the Philippines, ang ipinaglalaban nila, gown, kung anong gown ang isusuot.
“Maybe also, let’s be perfectly honest, here in the States, they get to hear non-stop negative news about our country.
“And so, I think this is a chance na… and I wanna say thank you to Kevin [Kwan] for this, to Warner Bros. for this opportunity that we can be proud and we all want to be proud.”
Si Kevin Kwan ang author ng nobelang Crazy Rich Asians, na pinagbasehan ng pelikula kung saan kasama si Kris.
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Natanong din si Kris kung ano ang maituturing niyang legacy ngayong halos lahat ay napagtagumpayan na niya sa kanyang buhay at karera.
Tugon ng 47-year-old actress-social media star, “There’s something that life has taught me.
“In order for you to become a true person, you have to know where you stand and what you stand for.
“And in doing that, though, there is no need to step on anybody else to reach your goals.
“So, I hope that with however long God plans me to be doing this that people would realize that.
“And I never fail to say thank you because all of this is really a gift.”
Dagdag pa niya, kahit ano pang panlalait sa kanya ay manhid na siya at hindi na niya ito papansinin.
Saad ni Kris, “Pinalaki ako na may paninindigan, so alam ko pag nandito ka, dito ka tatayo.
“Pero in the culture that we have now, I don’t want to turn into the others.
“Ayokong makipagbastusan, ayokong may maapakan, ayokong may mainsulto.
“Kung bina-bash ako, bash me, go ahead. Pero, I’m not going to bash you back.
“Because you’re just making it go round and round in a circle.
“When actually, I am the perfect example. Everybody had written me off. And that’s just two years ago.
“But look at where I’m walking tomorrow.
“So, yun 'yon. I want everyone, whoever felt that all doors are closing, wala nang pag-asa, that it was useless to keep going, I went for it, because I felt there was nothing to lose.”
Samantala, humingi ng dispensa si Kris sa mga nagpunta sa meet-and-greet dahil hindi raw nila nakasalamuha ang "healthy version" ni Kris dahil may sakit pa rin ito.
Bahagi ng kanyang post sa Instagram ngayong hapon, "I apologize- they got the semi dehydrated, low blood pressure version of me at the lunchtime Asian Journal picture taking/meet & greet."
i apologize- they got the semi dehydrated, low blood pressure version of me at the lunchtime Asian Journal picture taking/meet & greet. ????????????????I need to give a huge GRATITUDE shout out to @rbchanco- i woke up pale, weak, 85/60 low BP but somehow by RB’s immense talent became #rbeautified. ????When we got back to our hotel i obeyed my doctor, went straight to my room, washed up & slept... in less than 16 hours will be the moment we flew here for... thank you @tv5manila’s @mjmarfori, and Christina from Asian Journal (she’s a 25 year old FilAm born & raised here, but said she grew up watching me on Game KNB.) Napanuod na nya ang @crazyrichasians...in our interview she said watching my scene brought happy tears from feeling positively recognized as a people... another friend watched a special screening tonight for the ????????? community in LA. He mentioned that when the wedding scene started & i came in- all the Filipinos were cheering & clapping. In his words, “Krisy nakaka PROUD for all of us” - i can only thank God for being 1 of His instruments that even in a few minutes of screen time, i’m given the GIFT of uplifting our national spirit. #philippines He ended his congratulatory text by saying CRA stands for CREATIVE REFRESHING AMAZING... #kaysarapmagingpilipino ?????????????????? (Song credit: Thanks To You by Kris Lawrence from my Universal Records album The Greatest Love)