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‘Ang kapal naman (ng mukha) naming magreklamo, eh, ang ganda-ganda ng pelikula.’

Of all her leading men, Sharon Cuneta considers Robin Padilla her favorite. They now star in the movie “Unexpectedly Yours.”

Sharon Cuneta

“Sa lahat ng nakasama ko sa pelikula, parang we are the other gender’s version of each other. Ganoon kami, pareho kami. Siyempre may major difference pero we’re talagang (the same). Wala, we think alike tsaka masaya kasi pareho lang kaming tawa lang nang tawa, nagpapatawa, tumatawa,” she said.

Calling this reunion movie with Robin a “beautiful experience,” Sharon thinks that “of all our movies (with Robin), now of the 55 or 56 movies I’ve done, this is in my top three favorite movies.”

Sharon shared stories on how the movie was made.

“From the beginning we were told na November 29 (ang showing) namin. I was waiting for… two months before pa prepared na ako. Alam ko na gagawin talaga. We were just waiting. Sabi ko parang hindi na matutuloy. Nagkakakain na naman ako. So nu’ng biglang sinabi na ‘shooting’ sabi ko, ‘Lord, why?’ Ang ganda na ng katawan ko, nasira na naman. Papunta na (doon), eh. Bumalik (ang katawan ko) sa last day. It was kind of daunting kasi sabi ko, ‘Oh, my God, really, November? We can’t move it?’” she related.

But she emphasized that “in case iniiisip ninyo na hindi maganda ang kinalabasan or may kulang kahit konti dahil parang minadali kung iisipin kasi we had such a short shooting period, actually, it is the complete opposite.”

Sharon revealed how the stars and production staff worked hard to make such a beautiful movie.

“I was averaging three hours of sleep a night for many weeks. All of that energy, ’yung moments na gising kami, doon namin ini-invest sa pelikula kasi mai-inspire ka sa mga eksena, gising ka rin kasi nakakatuwa ang pelikula, nakakahiyang hindi ibigay ang best mo.

“Dumating sa point na up to this morning we were shooting the finale kasi ayaw naman naming i-live ito sa premiere night. We finished… I left the set six a.m. something. Nakarating ako sa Maynila around 8 a.m. Everything else was shot in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Tagaytay.”

Seasoned actors that she and Robin are, Sharon related it helped that they were both trained to have grace under pressure and how to adapt to filmmaking’s changes.

“Kami ni Robin, siguro na-ingrain na sa amin, sa training din namin noong mga bata pa kaming mga artista, sa pagha-handle sa amin ng mga director namin noon, pagdating dito iba na. Ngayon digital na lahat, mga ilaw iba na. Dati kami ang tumatawag na tito, tita, ate, kuya sa set, ngayon kami na ’yung (tinatawag na) ’nay, ’pa, ’ma, tito, tita, ate, kuya. Parang now, pagdating doon iba na so ayaw naming magreklamo kasi si direk pagod na, mas pagod sila. Mas wala silang tulog…Ang kapal naman (ng mukha) naming magreklamo, eh ang ganda-ganda ng pelikula.”

Robin plays Joshua Garcia’s uncle in the movie. Julia Barretto is his daughter who catches Joshua’s attention.
Sharon considers having Joshua and Julia a “bonus.”

“Kasi I’ve worked with some young stars (before) and I’ve treated some, not all of them, as parang my anak-anakan na. But these two (Joshua and Julia), God knows, I really fell in love with them because napakabait na anak nito (Julia). (Si) Joshua, kinakagat ko siya, ’di ko lang matuloy kasi naka-long sleeves.

“It’s such a joy to know na ’yung next generation or two generations after us, kung aalis kami o magre-retire or magse-semi-retirement maiiwan ang katulad ng dalawang ito because they have their values in the right place. They have each other, they have a healthy, loving relationship that I didn’t always have when I was their age.”

Problem with heat

The issue of menopause is tackled in the movie.

Asked about that phase women go through in life, Sharon said, “I’m preparing for it.”

“Actually, matagal ko nang hinihintay because my best friends dalawa na ’yung nag-menopause so parang lagi kong tinatanong. I have a real problem with heat. So, sabi ko, ‘Lord, patrabahuhin N’yo muna ako bago N’yo ako bigyan ng menopause. Pagdating ng menopause pwede po bang mag-winter muna sa ibang lugar.

“I am preparing for it and actually, we really touched it in the movie na lagi akong may hawak na portable fan, sa opisina, kasi ’yun na nga, nagme-menopause na nga (ako) sa movie.

“It’s a reality that I have to face and aging is a process we will all have to go through. I’d rather be aging gracefully and looking younger than my actual age than the alternative which is dying,”

Asked how similar or how different she is from her movie character, Sharon replied lengthily.

“Si Patty (character Sharon plays) kasi, kaya kami nagkakaproblema ni Yanni (Julia), is because masyadong malakas ang character ko. Boss ako sa opisina, sa kanya parang controlling, lahat gusto ko ikontrol. Pero ang kaisa-isang weakness ko is ’yung mother ko played by Pilar Pilapil. Wala akong boses pagdatng sa kanya pero sa ibang tao meron akong (attitude) na kailangang ako ’yung superior.

“In real life, I’m kind of flexible. I have to be on top of things because I have my own business, I have my own employees with me. We’re like a family but you have to be on top of things.

“Pero as a woman, I may believe in feminism. I’m kind of old-fashioned in that department which is why I like working with Robin because meron pa siyang chivalry – genteel. I like that. I’m all for women having power and all but I like being subservient. Minsan, gusto kong maging submissive.

‘‘’Di ba, kapag lalaki, especially if he’s your husband or your boyfriend, you want to be submissive. You’re a woman. See, that’s our secret. Women have both things going on.”

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