A year after their last onscreen team-up, Maris Racal is reunited with former love team partner Inigo Pascual via coming-of-age movie “Boyette: Not a Girl Yet” headlined by Zaijian Jaranilla.
Maris admittedly had a “strange feeling” upon working with Inigo again. But unlike before, they had a smoother adjustment period in this project, thanks to their lasting friendship. “Okay agad, like ganun ‘yung friendship namin even before, masaya lang, magaan lang,” she explained.
In the film, whose trailer already amassed millions of views, Maris plays Nancy, the ‘kikay’ girl who falls in love with the queer Boyet portrayed by Zaijian. The actress is amazed by Zaijan’s transformation in the movie and in real life, saying he was still so young when they first met. And just like most of us, she also couldn’t let go of his saint boy image in May Bukas Pa until she saw him all grown up and taking on the gay role.
“Binata na talaga siya! Hindi na siya kagaya dati na makulit. Ngayon makulit pa rin siya pero medyo tamed na. Makikita mo talagang he’s growing older na, inaasar na namin siya sa girls, ganyan. Noong nakita ko siya after ng Zoom meetings namin, mas matangkad na siya sa akin. Parang tumanda ako bigla! Napapanood ko lang siya dati na Santino,” she said of Zaijan.
Maris is all-praises for the teen actor’s talent and work ethics. “It was so nice working with him kasi sobrang professional niya. Sine-set aside talaga niya ‘yung kulit, ‘yung chikahan, but when we work, shift agad to whatever his role was at that moment,” she added. It also helps that there are LGBTQIA members on the set giving Zaijian the confidence and tips to pull off his role.
Maris further talked about the friendship built among the artists. It wouldn’t be hard to believe her stories after watching the hilarious, good vibes-inducing movie trailer. The scenes and banters appear natural just as how they are off cam.
“Nag-click talaga kaming lahat. Meron nga kaming group chat na sobrang buhay na buhay. Hindi ko in-expect na magiging friends ko sila like hindi lang taping friends pero sila ‘yung dadalhin mo sa habambuhay na friendship,” shared Maris.
The Kapamilya beauty revealed that she had second thoughts on working under the “new normal.” But the fear dissipated upon seeing that safety protocols are strictly followed on movie sets. She was also relieved to have Jairus Aquino as co-star again and she eventually grew fonder of the other cast members.
“Boyette: Not A Girl Yet” stars Zaijan Jaranilla, Maris Racal, Inigo Pascual, Jairus Aquino, Phi Palmos, Christian Antolin, and Joey Marquez.
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