But that’s only during the day one on the set for their latest movie.
Marco Gumabao couldn’t forget his first shooting day for the upcoming Viva potboiler In Between Goodbyes in which he shares stellar
billing with Lovi Poe and Tony Labrusca.
At first, the actor admitted, he felt uneasy when doing some delicate scenes in the movie directed by Joel Lamangan.
“I guess, it’s just but natural for your first shooting day, right? Although Lovi and I know each other for a long time already, we’re friends and worked for some fashion engagements in the past. But in terms of acting assignment, it’s our first time to work together,” Marco started.
“Funny because we were both awkward in doing the love scenes. But everything was set already and Direk Joel was there. We just trusted him in the execution of the scenes. Imagine, the scenes were shot for two hours! I’m excited to see the final edit,” he continued.
Marco is proud to be under the helm of Lamangan for the very first time. For the 25-year-old actor, it’s a huge honor and privilege.
“I know his reputation for being a very good but strict director. So I vowed not to be a cause of delay in our shooting schedules. I want to report to the set on time. On our first shooting day, I was very nervous but Direk Joel was so kind.
Marco has nothing but praises for the seasoned director.
“I respect Direk Joel that much. His presence on the set actually helps for you to always give your 100 percent in the scenes and be always on your toes. Sometimes, when your director is too kind and lenient, the tendency is for the actors not to get serious in their job and not focus on their acting,” he said.
“That’s why for Direk Joel, fear is also important. And of course, respect. You should give each other respect. As an actor, you should respect your director’s time, effort and everything for the project. In my case with Direk Joel, what’s good is that even if you are afraid of him, you wouldn’t feel it,” ended Marco.
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Sure to delight their loyal supporters over the years, Concert King and Queen Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez are set to headline the musical event, The Royal Affair: 2020 New Year’s Eve Countdown to be staged at the Solaire.
After all this time, Pops reveals that her former husband is in a league of his own.
“I always say that there is only one Martin Nievera. I keep saying it all the time. For one, his charisma as a concert performer remains the same. Nothing has changed. In fact, he even got better,” Pop said in an interview.
“His voice is unique. When people hear him sing, they know it’s him. It’s distinct. Apart from that, he’s very articulate and crazy still. I guess, that’s the reason why he’s still there at the top,” she added.
What’s good about her and Martin is that even if they lead separate lives now, they remain as friends.
“Oh, yes! I think there will always be that chemistry and always that some sort of magic which just happens when we’re both on stage. There’s always magic on stage that even if we’re not really okay at times, we manage to become okay because we’re doing something with a purpose---and that is to perform together. I’m also grateful that our fans have become very loyal and supportive after all these years. They still get tickled pink upon seeing us together on stage,” said Pops.
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