Kapamilya actress Shaina Magdayao attended the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2019 in France for the screening of Lav Diaz’s film “Ang Hupa” featured in the Director’s Fortnight category. Shaina looked back on the unforgettable experience that gave her extraordinary drive to create more films in the future. “Ang dami kong natutunan, ang daming bago. Pag-uwi ko, parang nanggigigil ako gumawa [ng pelikula]”, Shaina relates.
She said her entire time at the Cannes Festival was both humbling and unexpected. “It’s humbling kasi makikita mong ang laki-laki ng mundo pero ang liit-liit mo lang. I like the fact na I felt so small,” says the actress who graced the event with her rumored boyfriend, Kapamilya heartthrob Piolo Pascual.
After the launching at Cannes, “Ang Hupa” was set to be shown in Italy as well and Shaina hoped it also reaches Philippine cinemas. After all, Director Lav Diaz’s films are helmed especially for the Filipino audiences.
In the said movie, Shaina shared a kissing scene with a fellow woman, actress Mara Lopez. Not a first-timer in doing such scenes, Shaina never had any apprehensions about it. Besides, she is a true professional who takes her craft seriously. “For the love of Lav, oo lang nang oo! Kung anong kailangan sa eksena, gagawin ko, eh,” she said.
Shaina was even game to do a butt exposure for “Ang Hupa,” and she asked permission from her showbiz father figure, Mr. Johnny Manahan who easily gave her the go signal. However, the scene just didn’t push through. “Eh ‘di sana pala nakarating ‘yung butt exposure ko sa Cannes Festival,” the actress jested.