AI AI De Las Alas just renewed her contract with GMA Network. “This is my third contract with them since I became a Kapuso again in 2015,” she said. “Every two years ang contract ko before, but this time, three years na and I’m just very happy to still be a Kapuso. Right now, I have two shows, ‘Sunday Pinasaya,’ na four years na, and now, I’m a judge in ‘The Clash Season 2’ na very happy ako to be a part of. By next year daw, they’ll give me a new soap.”
How come there’s a rumor that “Sunday Pinasaya” will soon end?
“I don’t know kunsaan galing yang tsismis na ‘yan, but we just talked to the executives involved and they said, ‘Tuloy pa rin ang saya’. Hanggang December pa ang contract with GMA.”
What can she say to those who bash her as a judge in “The Clash”?
“Wala, mas magtataka ako kung walang mamba-bash sa’kin kasi part na yan ng social media. Kaligayahan na ng bashers na mam-bash so pagbigyan na lang natin sila. But sa ngayon, mas marami na raw namba-bash kay Christian Bautista as judge kaysa sa akin.
Basta happy ako maging judge and be a part ng journey ng Clashers.”
She’s also happy to have an entry in the coming Metro Manila Film Festival with Coco Martin and Jennylyn Mercado, “Tripol Trobol, Huli Ka Balbon!”, which Coco himself directs.
“Pareho silang first time ko nakatrabaho at pareho silang mabait kasama. Kaya lang, si Coco, as our director, napaka-hyper. Five in the morning ang calltime namin at hindi yata napapagod. Grabe ang energy. Dahil sa kanya, napilitan akong mag-gym to be able to cope with his overflowing energy. Si Jennylyn naman, so sweet. Kahit pagod na at puyat, hindi rin nagrereklamo. Masaya ang movie namin. Action-comedy and viewers will like it during the holiday season.”
Alice Dixson is busy with the promo of her movie with Aga Muhlach, “Nuuk,” but she agreed to appear in GMA-7’s new afternoon drama, “Madrasta.” The show’s lead stars, Juancho Trivino and Arra San Agustin, were surprised to see her on the set, ready to tape an episode with them.
“It’s a guest role lang naman,” said Alice. “I will play a famous celebrity named Angelina Cruz and they will get me to be an endorser.”
Juancho, who plays Sean in “Madrasta,” is he’s happy to be given the chance to work Alice.
“Wala siya sa original cast when we started but we’re glad she has joined us now,” he said.
“I remember her as Dyesebel and I’ve seen her in some soaps so I know magaling siyang artista. She’s really a welcome addition to ‘Madrasta’.”
“Mas maganda pa pala siya sa personal kaysa on screen,” Arra shared. “We are so thankful na nakasama namin siya sa eksena. Kahit special participation lamang siya, salamat at nagkaroon kami ng chance na makatrabaho siya.”
In the story, the clinic of Juancho and his mom, Gladys Reyes as Dr. Elizabeth Ledesma, that specializes on cosmetic surgery nearly goes bankrupt after Juancho’s unfaithful wife, Thea Tolentino, deceived them and eloped with her boyfriend, Ahron Villena. They now to revive their business with Alice, a top celebrity, as their endorser.
JM de Guzman finds working with Alessandra de Rossi in the Cinema One Digitals entry, “Lucid,” quite an adventure. “I’m aware na magaling siyang artista at napatunayan ko ‘yun dito sa movie namin,” he said. “I’m really proud and honored to be given the chance na makasama siya kasi gusto ko talaga to be able to work with award-winning co-stars like Alex kasi laging mayroon kang bagong matututuhan from them.”
So what did he learn from Alex? “She’s very positive na katrabaho. Hindi demanding.
Relaxed lang, but para kaming nag-e-experiment in doing our scenes together and I think maganda naman lumabas ang mga eksena namin in ‘Lucid’, directed by Victor Villanueva, who’s also a new but very talented young filmmaker.”
He and Alex play lucid dreamers in the movie. “May mga tao talagang ganyan, lucid dreamers. Nakokontrol ang mga nangyayari sa panaginip nila. Ako mismo, I have vivid dreams. My doctor told me to write down my dreams para hindi ko malimutan, but I can’t, so I just draw them, sketch them. Isang dream ko, about war. Anarchy. I still remember the sounds. Planes fell from the sky. Suddenly, there came a strong electric force. Alleys were flooded. Children from the streets were everywhere. There were killings. Darkness reigned. The doctor said it’s not an ordinary dream but a nightmare. Kaya nga naka-identify ako sa role ko in ‘Lucid’ and the surreal dreams my character there experienced.”
He is currently being linked to Ria Atayde but he says they’re just good friends who are still getting to know each other better. “She’s a rare find, a good influence. I think we bring out the best in each other. But we’re both more focused now on our careers. I want her to watch ‘Lucid’ kasi I’m proud of this movie. It will have is premiere night at Trinoma on November 10, 7:30 p.m. and I will invite her.”
Aubrey Miles just gave birth to her and Troy Montero’s daughter, who they called Rockett, but she came to the press con of her movie, “Santigwar,” looking so slim and sexy like she didn’t give birth at all. And to think her eldest son, Maury, is now 18 while her second son, Hunter, is now 11.
“Kasi kahit noong buntis ako, nag-e-exercise naman ako,” she said. “Tapos, nag-breastfeed pa ako, so mabilis makapayat ‘yun. And now, back to exercise na uli ako.”
Troy’s brother, KC Montero, recently got married to beauty queen Stephanie Dods in the US very recently. Were they invited? “No. It’s a very simple affair. Saka ang layo. But we really wish them well.”
How about her and Troy? Don’t they have plans of eventually tying the knot since they’ve been living together for 16 years now? “We’ve talked about it. If ever, I want something unusual, like getting married in the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. Para memorable talaga.
But as of now, okay naman kami, happy sa isa’t isa. We’ve never had a really big fight.
Pinag-uusapan lang namin pag may problem. But we agreed na kapag may nag-cheat sa amin, wala nang usap-usap, hiwalayan na agad.”
Joem Bascon is used to playing supporting roles so he’s jubilant when Regal offered him to be Lovi Poe’s leading man in the sexy drama, “The Annulment.” “It’s good I’ve worked with Lovi several times before, so kilala na namin yung isa’t isa. But before shooting started, nag-workshop pa rin kami with Direk Mac Alejandre kasi marami kaming gagawing love scenes and we have to be aware what exactly he wants us to do before the camera. Very daring siya, pati yung shower scene, but I believe naitawid naman namin nang maayos.”
Doing “The Annulment” was an eye-opener for him. “I’m sure maraming makaka-relate rito kasi it charts ‘yung relationship namin ni Lovi from the start na nagkakilala kami, naging mag-steady, ikinasal and how our relationship as a married couple eventually deteriorated at nauwi sa annulment. It will give people a better of understanding sa difference ng annulment, divorce and legal separation. Annulment is voiding your marriage na parang walang nangyari. It’s a long and painful process for both the couple. Ang character ko, sa kabila ng pinagdaraanan namin ni Lovi, meron pa ring hope within me na sana maayos pa rin, until you realize na healing can only start kapag nagka-annulment na.”
So, any new discoveries about Lovi while doing “The Annulment”?
“Nothing much. Neighbors kami so alam ko, she jogs every morning. Then nawala siya. Matagal siyang nagbakasyon sa States. Pagbalik niya, akala ko, baka tumaba, but fit and healthy pa rin siya. Fitness buff talaga.”
Joem admits he and her non-showbiz girlfriend named Crisha Uy, has been living together for five years now. Any plans of walking down the aisle soon? “Yes, napag-uusapan. Thirty-two na ako, not getting any younger. May plano kami to upgrade our relationship. Baka next year.”