When asked what made “Single/Single: Love Is Not Enough” different from the series with the same name, lead actress Shaina Magdayao described it as, “Three levels higher or more.”
“It’s about real life - in-your-face real life, not just us looking for a stable job, us handling our finances well,” she said at the Star Cinema Chat last April 24, with her co-star Matteo Guidicelli.
“Meron na ‘kong anak, hindi siya (Joey boy) ‘yung tatay, but then - in all fairness to him - may attempt naman siya to be the father of my child. And marami pang iba - marami pang mga struggles ng isang normal na single mom,” she continued.
Matteo added that their characters, as well as the others, have matured greatly since the series.
“It’s nice [to see] the development of the group and the growth of the characters. It’s very different. Pa-mature nang pa-mature. It’s something very real,” he said.
The two revealed that it was quite an adjustment to work with two new directors, Veronica “Ronnie” Velasco and Pablo Biglang-awa Jr., for the film after years of working with Direk Pepe Diokno for the series.
“With the new directors, we had to get used to it kasi ibang style,” Matteo shared. “It was a nice experience also because they worked as partners - one was more technical, one was more [focused] on the emotions. I think the two directors complemented each other.”
“It’s going to be different, which, at first, natakot ako kasi I wanted to give the audience the same feel dun sa series,” Shaina admitted. “But I guess it makes more sense na iba ‘yung ipakita mo because not everyone got to watch the series.”
The actress added that her fear going into the making of the film was also partly due to her starting the afternoon soap “Asintado.”
“I was actually scared during the first shooting days because I was starting ‘Asintado’ also na bagong-bago rin sa ‘kin. So natatakot ako na baka mawala si Joee girl sa ‘kin, but I guess dahil nga ilang years na kami magkatrabaho ni Matt, when we first did the scene, lumabas si Joee girl,” she shared.
She furthered, “It was actually the first time na na-feel ko ‘yun. May tono kasi si Joee girl kasi she speaks in English - hindi siya ‘yung mga Tagalog na teleserye na ginagawa ko. Kapag siya (Matteo) ‘yung kaeksena ko, bumabalik ‘yung tono, bumabalik ‘yung pananalita.”
Shaina revealed that working on the film was quite the challenge for her as her character in the film (Joee girl) and her character in “Asintado” (Samantha del Mundo-Ojeda/Katrina Ramirez) are very different.
“Mahirap siya for me. It was a struggle, sobra, pero naitawid naman,” she said in relief.
She and Matteo then tried to explain the film’s heavy subtitle: “Love is not enough.”
“When you’re at the beginning of a relationship or when you have young love, I think it’s all about love. Love is everything, love is all you need to succeed. But as you get older, ‘love is not enough’ because it can be the worst and best thing in life,” Matteo explained.
He furthered, “In the movie, you’re gonna see a different level, a more matured level [of love] - there’s so much love there, but there’s something [missing], something that’s not there. Joey boy loves Joee girl so much, but is he willing to swallow everything?”
“I think ‘yung isa sa mga pinakamalaking tanong nung film is, ‘Is love not enough?’” Shaina said. “Is it enough for you to hold on or is it enough for you to let go? That’s two different things pero sobra pa rin na pagmamahal. Different approaches and different outcomes nga lang. Makikita nila kung ano ‘yung sagot nina Joee girl at Joey boy dun sa question [sa movie].”
Watch their full chat here:
“Single/Single: Love Is Not Enough” is a film produced by Cinema One and The Philippine Star to be distributed by ABS-CBN Films, Star Cinema. It debuts in theaters nationwide this May 2!