Charo Santos was named Best Actress at the Asian Film Festival for her performance in "Itim" in 1978.
In an interview with Boy Abunda for Cinema One, the veteran actress compared her experience on doing her first horror movie when she was just 20 years old to her most recent character as Sor Alice in "Eerie."
"When I did 'Itim,' madami akong takot noon. And then it was an adventure of discovery," Charo related. "Discovering what acting is all about. I was discovering the process of filmmaking. I was very fortunate na ang nabigay na character sa akin ay isang probinsyana. So tinuloy ko lang sa sining ang pagkaprobinsyana ko."
"Dito naman sa 'Eerie,' iba na. Direk Mik (Mikhail Red) gave me the sense of confidence."
Charo also emphasized how Direk Mik's expertise on filmmaking helped her portray her character with no hesitations.
"I knew that he knows what he was doing. Wala ka nang masyadong [hesitations]. You just go there and live your character."
And just like her former director Mike de Leon, Charo believed that the younger director also possesses the qualities that every filmmaker should have. "Both of them know the film language. Introspective. Deep-thinkers. Tsaka sigurado sa gusto. Alam nila, this is the story I want to tell, this is my vision, this is my objective. Kung ikaw 'yung artista, may kumpiyansang nabibigay sa'yo."
"Eerie" also stars Bea Alonzo. It opens in cinemas March 27.
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