Alden Richards is grateful for a lot of things about "Hello, Love, Goodbye," but most especially for everything he has learned from Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina.
The actor, who admittedly grew up watching and admiring Direk Cathy's blockbusters, revealed how much the award-winning filmmaker "changed" his perspective as an actor.
"Marami po ako discoveries sa sarili ko with this movie. And I'm really happy I was able to work with an amazing director kasi binago po ni Direk Cathy the way I see my work now," he revealed during the movie’s Global Media Launch yesterday, July 9.
He added, "[I learned na] hindi pwedeng half day ang commitment. Kailangan 'pag may ginagawa ka, ibuhos mo lahat."
Direk Cathy also had nothing but kind words for Alden.
"I have worked with so many actors na mababait at magagaling. Alden is one of them," she enthused. "Sabi ko [pa], 'Mukhang marunong umarte ‘tong batang ‘to.' Nagkamali ako. Hindi siya marunong; magaling siya."
In a press interview after the event, Alden reacted to the director’s praise, saying, “Coming from Direk Cathy, talagang sobra akong na-touch. Hindi ko akalain na ganoon 'yung magiging effect ko kay Direk while doing this film. Siguro ganoon naman talaga. You just be yourself and let other people speak for you.”
His gratefulness didn’t end there: Alden also took to Instagram yesterday, July 9, to show some love for Direk Cathy.
"This is probably one of my highlights as an actor. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from you, Direk. For your words of wisdom and encouragement, Direk Cathy...thank you," he wrote in the caption.
Alden will star alongside Kathryn Bernardo in "Hello, Love, Goodbye" which will hit the theaters on July 31!
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