Fresh, fun, and passionate! The cast members of the Valentine movie offering “Hello Stranger: The Movie” JC Alcantara, Gillian Vicencio, Markus Patterson, and Migs Almendras discuss acting techniques, love scenarios and reveal their ‘firsts and lasts’ in their guesting for Kapamilya Confessions.
In the First and Last Challenge, we learned that JC first appeared on Ipaglaban Mo and the primetime soap Halik was his first regular teleserye. Gillian’s first acting project was via Maalaala Mo Kaya. It’s La Luna Sangre for Markus while Migs said he can’t remember anymore but it was probably under ABS-CBN as well.
Their first celebrity idols are Bea Alonzo for JC, John Lloyd Cruz and Johnny Depp for Migs, Jake Cuenca and Russell Crowe for Markus, while it’s Angel Locsin, Bea Alonzo, and Anne Hathaway for Gillian.
The bunch shared hilarious first embarrassing moments. JC narrated a slight blooper during a mall show, “Meron akong kasama, nadapa kami sa mall show so bigla akong nawala sa gilid.” Migs ripped his pants at school, “’Yung mapunit ‘yung pantalon mo sa school. Tapos buong araw butas ‘yung patalon mo so kita ‘yung brief mong puti.”
Gillian fell down a manhole and her crush was there to witness everything, “May crush na crush ako noong second year high school. Naglalakad kami sa sidewalk kasama ko ‘yung pinsan ko, eh hindi ko nakita may manhole na bukas. Na-shoot ‘yung isa kong leg tapos tumawa muna sila bago nila ako tinulungan. Nakakahiya kasi sobrang crush ko siya!” JC chimed in, “At least napansin ka ng crush mo! Gumawa ka ng sariling way para mapansin?” Gillian swears it was unintentional, “Hindi ko naman gustong mahulog sa manhole. Nakakahiya!”
Markus’ glorious moment of humiliation happened on national TV and the receipt is still on social media to this day, “Noong Pinoy Boyband Superstar. Nasa bottom three, kailangan mag-solo perform. The song was Sam Smith, eh hindi ko talaga abot tapos kinakabahan pa ako. Nu’ng high part sobrang lakas ng piyok ko. Kaya ayun, tinanggal ako sa show.”
For Gillian, Migs, and JC, eyes are the first thing they notice in someone. JC said he likes to look at a person in the eye during conversations as a sign of confidence. Even Tony Labrusca felt so awkward with his killer stare, “Si Tony nga hindi makatitig sa akin, eh. Nu’ng first taping namin sa movie, sabi niya kaya na raw niya akong titigan. Pero ‘pag titig ko sa kanya, hindi na siya makatingin.” On the other hand, Markus is drawn to a person’s lips or the way he/she talks.
The last photo on their gallery is a self-portrait for JC, a conversation screenshot for Migs, his Baby Jude’s photo for Markus, and food for Gillian.
On the last person/thing they thought of, Migs mentioned food, Markus craved coffee (it was early morning in the UK), while JC thought of shopping.
JC, Gillian, Markus, and Migs are ready to serve us lots of ‘kilig’ and lessons via “Hello Stranger: The Movie”. The movie prequel came as an unexpected validation of the success of the Hello Stranger digital series. They did not expect it to become a huge hit, much more create a full-length film out of Mico (JC Alcantara) and Xavier (Tony Labrusca)’s refreshing tale. In JC’s words, “Kinikilabutan kami. Sobrang excited!”
To prepare for the movie, the cast members had to look back on their characters, apart from reading the script. Gillian mentioned she was careful with her mental health as well since the lock-in taping is a different environment. JC confessed that he was ‘broken’ before the filming commenced, although he didn’t elaborate on the cause of his depressive state. But thanks to his co-stars, he managed to survive.
Asked about their techniques to portray and later on get rid of their characters, the bunch agreed that every artist has his own method depending on the role. JC opts to just imbibe the character for a consistent portrayal, although he’s aware of the need to let go. “Kailangan i-continue mo ‘yun, eh parang andu’n ka palagi sa character mo so kailangan hindi mo muna siya bitawan. Bilang aktor, kailangan mong panindigan ‘yung character mo pero pagkatapos kailangan mong magpagpag. Kasi maapektuhan ‘yung sarili mo.”
Gillian owned up to carrying traces of her onscreen persona, “May mga nakukuha tayong traits ng character natin. Pero ang dapat ikaw ang nagbibigay. Depende sa tao ‘yan, like si JC gusto niya nagse-stay doon sa character pero nakakapagod ‘yun, mauubos ka nu’n! Pero may ibang artista na pagkatapos ng isang eksena, back to the normal self na.”
Markus finds method acting more effective than substitution. “Dati, ‘yung technique na tinuturo sa atin sa Star Magic is to get something from your life at ilagay mo sa sitwasyon ng character na ‘yun, it never worked for me. Mas gusto ko talagang in the shoes of my character, mas nararamdaman mo sa eksena,” he explained. After a day’s taping, he would look in the mirror and remind himself that he is not his onscreen counterpart.
On to the questions about relationships, the gang was asked if they can conceal their feelings for someone they often hang out with. They all said ‘no.’ Migs thought, “Mahirap ‘yun kasi sisingaw at sisingaw ‘yan, eh,” Gillian chimed in, “In the moment ka kasi, eh so hindi mo na mapipigilan.” Meanwhile, JC revealed that he is the confessional type, “Aamin talaga ako na gusto ko siya. Ayaw kong patagalin pa. Alam natin na mahirap talaga umamin pero kung may chance, try mo lang.”
How will they show their feelings for someone? A netizen asked. The bunch talked about visible actions, about time and effort as the most precious things we can give a person we love.
Asked how they handle exes, the group had quite a debate about befriending ex-lovers or completely ignoring them. JC revealed that he’s friends with all his exes, keeping in touch and even confiding in them sometimes. Gillian believes the love and care will never die, although she’d consider major factors like the level of relationship, depth of breakup wounds, and time for healing.
For Migs, there’s no need to be friends with exes once you’re already in a new relationship, “Siguro hindi naman friendship pero civil.” JC butted in, “Ang saya nu’n di ba? So, dapat hindi niyo na i-block.” A seemingly triggered Gillian retorted, “Sino’ng namba-block? Paano kung kailangan mo ‘yung sa healing mo? Siyempre ayaw mo muna siya makita!” Migs backed her up, “Siyempre, JC mamahalin mo muna ‘yung sarili mo bago ‘yung ex mo di ba? Self-love muna!”
Asked to imagine the perfect Valentine date, Migs went for a coffee or museum date, Markus answered ‘Paris’, and JC thought of a travel date to Japan. Gillian refused to answer the question.
Lastly, a viewer asked how they deal with the bashers. According to JC, Gillian, and Markus, they turn the bashing into motivation to excel better. Migs said he would even ‘like’ a basher’s comment.
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