Edward Barber may be an industry newbie, but his seniors can already picture him doing bigger things in the future.
Last Monday, October 8, at the press conference of "First Love," the film's director Paul Soriano and lead stars Aga Muhlach and Bea Alonzo only had praise and admiration for the 18-year-old British-Filipino actor.
Edward plays the role of Simon, whose character has a special connection to Aga's Nick.
Ultimate Leading Man Aga shared that before every scene they did together, Edward asked for a moment to compose himself.
"Every scene, he tells me, excuse me [for a moment]. Nakakatuwa siya. Kahit nine-nerbiyos siya, he would ask for that one minute of [concentration]," he related.
Edward then explained why he needed those quick moments of silence. "I was just trying to calm down. When I'm tensed, I focus too much on the lines or I focus so much on what I'm supposed to be feeling instead of genuinely experiencing it," he said.
Aww. What's not to love about this guy?
Meanwhile, "Kasal" actress Bea appreciated the dedication her young co-actor showed while they were in Vancouver, which is where the whole movie was shot.
She said, "Ang sarap sa pakiramdam sa amin na mas matagal na sa industry 'pag nakakakita ka ng mas bata sa'yo tapos tinitingnan niya 'tong craft na 'to in the same way that you look at the craft. 'Yung alam mong seryoso siya. Sobrang saya ko na nakikita ko si Edward habang nagtatrabaho kami sa Vancouver, that he takes this seriously. He loves what he does. And that makes me so happy."
For "First Love," Edward was also able to work with award-winning director Paul Soriano, who expressed how "brave" Edward is.
"It was my first time to work with him but I found [that] he was just really brave for somebody with only a handful of years - to say yes and jump into this kind of role, to get to work with great actors. I think if he continues his focus, if he continues to work hard, he's gonna be one of those great actors. Stay brave."
Clap, clap, clap for Edward!
"First Love" is produced by TEN17P together with Star Cinema and Viva Films. It opens in cinemas this October 17.
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