Film director on Angelica Panganiban's acting: 'Plakado'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 12) Award-winning and blockbuster director Jun Robles Lana said he couldn't ask for more when two of the country's showbiz royalties, Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban, accepted the role for "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes."

"2008, actually, may script na ito eh," the "Die Beautiful director said in a press conference for the film.

[Translation: This film actually had a script already in 2008.]

"Maraming nabago," Robles added. "May mga changes, especially sa gender politics. Nabago kasi sila, pero you know, may mga process na pinagdaanan and, most importantly, yung tamang cast."

[Translation: There were so many changes, especially in gender politics. The film went through so many processes, but most importantly, it has the perfect cast.]

A dream project

Fresh from her big win at the recently concluded FAMAS Awards as Best Actress, Panganiban revealed that she didn't have second thoughts when the project was offered to her.

She found the script interesting and hilarious enough for her to accept the role. A bonus, however, was when she found out that Santos would be part of this big project.

"Talaga namang tinitingala ko siya, I'm sure hindi lang ako," Panganiban said when asked about working with Santos for the first time on the big screen. "I'm sure ang daming naiingit sa akin dahil nakaupo ako dito katabi niya, nasa isang poster kami."

[Translation: I really look up to her. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I am very sure many people are envious of me because I'm sitting here next to her and we're in the same poster.]

The so-called "Hugot Queen" also revealed that despite being good in doing comedy, she needed to study her character very well to give a new flavor and perspective.

"Character-based lang naman lagi," Panganiban said. "Siguro 'yun yung magpapadali sa lahat, once na alam mo kung ano yung character mo, kung ano yung heart ng character mo, kung ano yung soul niya."

[Translation: It's always character-based. I think that's what will make the role easy, once you're very sure about your character, your character's heart and your character's soul.]

"I guess 'yun na magbibigay ng difference," she added. "'Yun na yung kakapitan mo. 'Yun na yung susundan mong flow."

[Translation: I guess that is what will make the difference. That is what you'll hold on to. That's the flow you will follow.]

Panganiban also hopes that their new film will help shed light on the struggles and issues surrounding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or LGTBTQ community.

"Dito ita-tackle natin yung heart ng mga bading," she said. "Ano ba yung proseso talaga? Ano yung pinagdadaanan nila?" she explains.

[Translation: We will tackle the heart of gay people. What is the process, really? What are the going through?]

'Plakado' style of acting

The "Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes" director was all praises for all his actors in the film.

Lana said Panganiban just proved that she deserves her recent recognitions and that her acting in the film was on-point and flawless.

"Plakado" is a slang word and known social media term for perfect and you've got everything right.

"Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes" premieres nationwide on January 17.