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The movie “Barcelona: A Love Untold” has transformed teen stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo into more adult actors.
This was revealed by blockbuster director Olivia Lamasan when asked what audiences can expect from the movie, during an interview on “Tonight With Boy Abunda” on ABS-CBN.
“Ang bago dito ay ang transition nila Daniel Padilla at Kathryn Bernardo into adult actors. That’s really the biggest challenge for me as a filmmaker,” said Lamasan. “This one’s different. Mataas ang sexual tension,” she laughed.
“Naging mama at dalaga na sila dito.”
Lamasan dismissed claims by some critics that “Barcelona” is similar to her 2004 blockbuster movie “Milan.”
“May mga similarity dahil parehong kinunan sa Europe pero malayo ang kwento,” she said.
Lamasan also said that it wasn’t intentional that the movie was shot abroad. “Nagkataon lang na sinabi ni Malou Santos (of Star Cinema) na I would like them to make a movie outside the country.”
She said that they chose to shoot in Barcelona because “Carmi (Raymundo) our writer had a brilliant idea na parang ginawa nyang metaphor ang Sagrada Familia church.”
When asked how she motivated the stars of her movies, Lamasan said: “I always try to get the best out of my actors. Tinatakot ko sila. it works all the time.”
“Respetuhan lang talaga siguro. From the start para klaro ano ang objective natin sa pagawa ng pelikula, I would ask them why did you accept this project? What is this project to you?;
“So in the case of Kathryn Bernardo, sinabi nya na ‘Direk I just want to explore my capacity as an actress and I just want to prove myself. ‘So from there kinuha ko ’yung kanyang trust, maibigay ko sa kanya ’yung guidance tapos inaaral namin ’yung character,” she said.
“Barcelona” is her 12th film as a director. It was in 1994 when she debuted as a director for the movie “Maala-ala Mo Kaya.”