Ai Ai delas Alas is to play an old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in her upcoming film under 3:16 Media Network titled, “Litrato.”
She admitted she was apprehensive at first regarding her role in the film.
The actress related, “Medyo may takot, may kaba, kasi paano ko nga ba gagampanan ang role? Paano ba maging matanda? Hindi naman ako marunong umarte nang ganun.”
That is, until, she was able to find work as activity director in a facility for senior citizens in San Francisco.
“Kumbaga, naging immersion ang nangyari sa akin… Di ba, alam naman natin na nagwo-work as a a facility activity director, so nagpaplano ka para sa mga matatanda. Yung iba dun, yung traits nila nakuha ko. Kaya parang medyo madali kung sino yung kokopyahin ko sa kanila. Although mahirap yung matandang acting pero, salamat sa Diyos, I think nagawa ko.”
It’s a good thing too.
According to film director Louie Ignacio, he wouldn’t have pushed through with the film had Ai Ai backed out.
“Siya lang talaga kasi ang naisip ko na gumanap na lead wala nang iba,” he said.
Asked if she is afraid of getting old, Ai Ai replied, ‘Naku hindi. Lahat tayo papunta doon. It’s part of life.”
But she was quick to add, “Ang ayoko lang e gaya ng character ko sa pelikula, magkaroon ako ng Alzheimer’s. Mahirap yun. Sana lang hindi ko maranasan yun.”
AiAi is currently in the US.
She is undergoing treatment for myokomia or eye twitching, which she attributes to stress and fatigue.
“Sa puyat din siguro, sa jetlag na sobra-sobra,” she said.
“Litrato” opens in cinemas July 26.