When the “Bloody Crayons” ensemble cast was finalized, what came out of it was an ideal barkada on-and-off screen!
During the third episode of the second season of "Secret Movie Files," the “Bloody Crayons” cast and production crew described how the actors lived up to their complex roles.
Learn more about the “Bloody Crayons” barkada from Janella Salvador, Jane Oineza, Maris Racal, Ronnie Alonte, Yves Flores, Director Topel Lee, and the production team!
Janella Salvador as Eunice
The character that we can’t help but stan is Eunice, played by Janella, because of her admirable composure and sincere concern for her friends.
Admittedly, Janella said she didn’t immediately know how to approach her role: “When they described her character to me, nahirapan akong gumawa ng character.”
“Si Janella, very quiet, very sophisticated, mahinhin. Perfect for Eunice kasi ‘yun ‘yung requirement niya eh, dapat siya ‘yung composed. Siya ‘yung leader ng grupo so dapat mas rational siya mag-isip sa mga kasama niya,” said Director Topel Lee.
Ronnie praised Janella for being “professional” and “mabait” as a co-star.
Creative manager JP Abellera testified to Janella’s professionalism by saying, “What I like about her, she talks to us about her character. Tinatanong niya kami, ‘yung writers, or directly kay Direk Topel nagtatanong siya kung anong dapat niyang gawin dito,”
Although Janella wasn’t the first choice to play Eunice, ultimately she owned the character and gave it justice.
“Actually, I was one of the last people to be cast in this film kasi diba parang ‘yung film na ‘to sobrang tagal bago nila nilabas. And there was an original cast I think,” she revealed.
Maris Racal as Richalaine
When the writers of “Bloody Crayons” were drawing up the sassy character of Richalaine, they already had Maris Racal in mind.
“Nung sinusulat namin, talagang si Maris ‘yung nasa isip namin. And sobrang nae-enjoy din namin kasi alam namin na, kumbaga may character etong si Maris na mabibigay talaga na hindi lang pang-drama,” writer Carmel Jacomille said.
Gushing over Maris’ multifaceted acting prowess, JP revealed that Maris’ performances in “Bloody Crayons” and “Vince and Kath and James” are the reasons they casted her in the 2020 barkada zombie film “Block Z.”
Maris didn’t expect her character to gain the love and attention that it did, recalling the fans’ tweets and posts: “Sobrang nalungkot sila dahil nagpaka-hero etong si Richalaine.”
Yves Flores as Justin
One of the film's most nuanced characters is Justin. It’s hard to forget Yves’ violent yet somehow tenderly emotional portrayal of Justin.
Producer Marjorie Lachica praised Yves for bringing out the complexities of Justin’s character, saying, “Kung ordinaryong baguhan siguro babasahin ‘yung material, kung ano lang ‘yung nasa material ‘yun lang ‘yun. Pero they were able to give the nuances na nagugulat ‘yung management.”
“Ang dami naming pinagdaanan,” Yves recalled, “Ang dami ring nagkaproblema sa workshop, pero ang saya. Nung natapos namin sobrang proud kami na nakagawa kami ng ganitong magandang movie,”
Elmo Magalona as Kiko
“May mysterious ano sa kanya, kasi parang ang nasa utak niya lang, puro shoot,” Carmel described Kiko’s persona, which was shaped mostly based on Elmo himself.
Praised to be “very receptive” and “collaborative” by the production team, Elmo gave a distinct mysterious touch to his role.
Ronnie went on to share how Elmo was as a castmate and friend, saying, “Nung una, sabi ko si Elmo Magalona kasama ko, anak ni Francis M. Tapos nung nakasama ko siya, grabe sobrang bait. Binigyan niya kami ng T-shirt ng daddy niya. Para kaming magkakapatid diyan.”
Diego Loyzaga as Kenly
Being the “heart of the Kenly-Olivia-Marie love triangle,” Diego’s character had a significant role not only in causing tension in the house, but in solving the murder mystery itself.
Direk Topel couldn’t help commending Diego’s focus as an actor: “He’s always the one asking kung anong dapat niyang gawin, so dun ko nararamdaman na he’s focused, he’s into it.”
Sofia Andres as Marie
Even though Marie was intentionally made “mataray” and “snobbish” by the writers, Sofia was able to inject just enough softness into her character for the viewers to be taken aback by her fate in the film.
Speaking highly of Sofia’s professionalism, writer Carmel confessed that Marie’s death made it as her “Top 1” out of all the death scenes.
Empoy Marquez as Gerard
Empoy put his masterful comedic timing and ad libs to good use in portraying Gerard, the comic relief in the film.
“Pag ‘Bloody Crayons’ lagi kong naalala si Empoy talaga kasi nagtatawanan kami dahil sa kanya,” Ronnie smilingly reminisced working with Empoy.
“May mga salita si Empoy na wala sa diksyonaryo pero may meaning,” Yves explained, further sharing they have a so-called “Empoy-clopedia.”
After Jane enthused about wanting to work with Empoy again, she showed a sample of the T-shirt she had custom-made for the cast and crew. She revealed that half of the inside jokes printed on the jokes were made by Empoy.
Ronnie Alonte as John
Portraying a character that arguably has the most profound backstory, Ronnie stayed the course of being quiet enough to draw and evade attention at the same time.
Up to this day, Ronnie is beaming with pride to be part of the “Bloody Crayons” barkada.
“Dun pa lang po sa mapasama ako sa lead cast, and bukod dun, after nung ‘VKJ’ (Vince and Kath and James) pinagkatiwalaan pa din ako ng Star Cinema na mabigyan ng ganung kagandang storya ng movie… nang maka-experience ng ganung kagaling na director. Isa sa mga movie ko na maipagmamalaki ko talaga,” he shared.
Jane Oineza as Olivia
Direk Topel described Olivia as the “most intense” character. So it’s perfectly understandable that seasoned actress Jane landed (and nailed!) the role.
“Yung requirement talaga nung character ni Olivia, requires a Jane... Iba ‘yung take talaga niya sa eksena,” producer Marjorie asserted.
“Mahilig ako sa mga horror films and/or killer films, and ngayon na nakasama ako sa ganung klaseng pelikula, sobrang nakaka-excite for me, and parang dream come true off my bucket list,” said Jane.
At the end of the “Secret Movie Files” episode, Janella, Jane, Maris, and Yves answered the question: “If they could play any character, who would you choose?”
Get to know their answers by watching the full third episode here:
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