It's safe to say that "Princess DayaReese" might just be Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber's most challenging project together yet.
And they have each other to thank for having each other's back all throughout the movie, as they revealed during the film's bloggers conference yesterday, January 1.
At one point, they were even able to apply Maymay's line from the movie "I got you" to each other while filming.
"'Yung confrontation scene namin sa palace, when we were shooting that I was really nervous," Edward admitted. "Medyo mahaba 'yung eksena, medyo emotional din siya."
"Maymay's shots went first, and then we reversed on my shots, so may mahabang build up. Maymay just looked me in the eyes, she held my hand, and said 'I got your back.' When you hear that from your co-actress, someone I've known for a very long time, someone I appreciate, it's a big deal," he pressed.
Maymay also cited that particular scene in the palace, saying that she really got swayed by her emotions.
"Yung kasing pag-alis niya, bale dapat 'yung emosyon no'n ay nakatingin lang ako. Pero iba 'yung lumabas na emosyon, eh. So parang 'yung eksena na 'yun sobra akong nadala," she shared.
Apart from helping each other, they also had their constant workshops to credit for their portrayals.
Edward shared, "Something that [our acting coach] always says is 'In order to be a good actor, you have to be a good person.' I'm not saying that we're perfect in any way; it's just learning the technique, it's changing something within you."
"There are times where you have to jump - if you have to face the emotion you didn't want to face but it comes out and it's stopping you from acting well or there's a block, you have to face it. You have to jump," he added.
For Maymay, her curiosity to learn from her fellow actors was also a factor in improving her acting skills.
She shared, "Isa rin sa nakatulong sa'kin para galingan ko pa sa craft ko, 'yung learning experience din po sa mga nakakatrabaho ko. Sobrang nacu-curious ako kung bakit sobrang galing nila. Every time nakikita ko 'yung artista na iniidolo ko, sobrang uhaw na uhaw akong nagtatanong kung paano nila nakuha 'yung emosyon, kung ano ba 'yung ibig sabihin ng sinasabi ni Ms. Anna (our acting coach) na kapag sa work eh laging gagamitin ang puso. Bakit hindi ko ramdam? Bakit hindi ko nararamdaman 'yung emosyon na 'yun?"
Her role model Dimples Romana also played a huge part in honing her craft.
"Isa sa malaking naitulong po talaga sa'kin si Ms. Dimples. Tinawagan ko po si Ms. Dimples, sabi ko, 'Ma'am paturo naman po ng tips'. Isa sa naitulong niya talaga sa'kin, 'Huwag mong hayaan na makita ka ng tao na hindi mo kaya.'" she said.
And if Maymay had to rate her "Princess Dayareese" performance from 1-10?
"Hanggat ginagabayan ako ng Panginoon, binibigyan niya ako ng strength, feeling ko mas mataas 'yung rate para sa akin. Pero kung wala 'yung Panginoon sa'kin, hindi posible dahil sa kanya. Miracle din po talaga ito sa'kin. Isa po talaga 'to sa big step ko to explore," she said.
"Princess DayaReese" is now streaming worldwide on the following platforms: KTX.ph, Iwant TFC, TFC IPTV, Cignal PPV, and Sky Cable PPV for only 150 pesos per ticket!
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