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Lea, sa pagsuporta kay Eva — My days are done, I’m done!

Lea, sa pagsuporta kay Eva — My days are done, I’m done!

CURIOUS kaming mapanood ang pelikulang Yellow Rose dahil kuwento ito ng mga kababayan nating Pinoy na ipinanganak sa Amerika na hindi dokumentado ang magulang nila kaya ang ending ay ipinade-deport sila.

Ang bida ay ang Filipina -American Grammy winner at 2 time Tony Award nominee na si Eva Noblezada na gumanap ding Kim sa Ms Saigon, (2014) katulad ni Lea Salonga na ginampanan din ang musical play ni Claude-Michel Schönberg at ni Alain Boublil noong (1989 – 2001) na nanalo ng Tony Awards at Grammy nominee.

Sa madaling salita ay dalawang KIM ang mapapanood sa Yellow Rose kaya natanong si Lea sa solo virtual mediacon niya nitong Lunes kung ano ang masasabi niya kay Eva na kasama niya ngayon sa pelikula.

“It was wonderful finally getting to work with her and I think it was a good thing that her first and 2nd shooting days are with me. And the two of us know each other, so, I guess there was a good level of comfort for the both of us to going into this.

It’s not like she was a total stranger when I met her she was 17 years old and she was still doing Kim in the West End (production) and I had over to London for the big 25th Anniversary Gala (2016) and that’s where I met her.  I saw her again in Ms Saigon in New York (2017) and I got to see her in Hadestown (musical) and she blew me away on that stage.

And she’s gonna blow people away with this (Yellow Rose) movie and she really registers well on film, she swears her heart on her sleeve and that’s apparent as human a being and that’s how she is.  She fills things in a very, very deep way as human, just being around her, just talking to her, working with her it’s very transparent everything registers on her face, everything registers on how she moves and how she speaks. So, it makes her a very natural actor and she registers really strong on camera and she’s luminescent, she really glows on screen.  And I think people are going to recognize her as a star.

“So I have been champing it a bit for folks here in the Philippines to finally get to see this movie but were in the middle of this global pandemic and everybody is gotten quite creative in how they are releasing the movie that’s have been in the can for at least a year but I’m glad that Yellow Rose did get a theatrical run in the US and I’m glad that it’s finally coming here and there are platforms to make it available and I’m glad that the audience finally to meet Eva this way,” pagkukuwento ni Lea tungkol kay Eva.

At sa isang social drinking habang nagkukuwentuhan sina Lea, Diane, at Eva ay nabanggit ng una na malaki ang pagbabago ng buhay ni Rose (karakter ni Eva) kapag naipalabas na ang Yellow Rose.

At dahil si Eva ang bida sa pelikula at support lang si Lea ay tinanggap pa rin niya dahil maganda ang kuwento ng Yellow Rose.

“My days are done. Ha-hahaha! I’m done! I’m a supporting character in this,” tumawang sabi ng international actress.

Sabi ni Lea ay ang manager niya sa Amerika ang nagpilit na gawin niya ang pelikula dahil maganda ang kuwento.

He actually pushes me hard to do this movie, he said, ‘you have to do this film, you should do this film because it is the right thing to do, it’s very topical.

The script was beautiful, it was a character that is not so easy to like which I think is something far more attractive than you know, for more interesting for me to play after having played many anxious nous and heroines in my career.

It was interesting to tackle and to try something where the character isn’t really, really well-liked, so trying to gain some empathy from our audience and a little more challenging unlike Rose who you know is the hero throughout the entire narrative of the film.

And I patterned this character after somebody that I didn’t like and it makes more interesting for me, I guess and me trying to gain empathy for that kind of human being.  Recently, I was reminded why I didn’t like this person, so, he was interesting to be revisited all of the same time.

“What convinced me to do this, it was the power of the script, power of the story and the power of my manager’s word saying, ‘this is the right thing to do, you gonna do it,’ so that’s it,” kuwento ng aktres.

Sa local movies na nagawa na ni Lea ay masasabi ba niyang unforgettable ang Yellow Rose katulad ng Sana Maulit Muli nila ni Aga Muhlach na sa Amerika kinunan at ipinalabas noong 1995?  Paano niya ikukompara ang dalawang pelikula?

”It’s a different experience, cannot compared the two although it does tackle immigration (issues) but, Yellow Rose kasi really tackles the plight of undocumented immigrants and immigration policies that are not particularly friendly to undocumented immigrants.

As for ‘Sana Maulit Muli,’ even though there were a lot of but still topical issue that were tackled in the film, the center piece of that movie was really romance between Jerry and Agnes.

“For ‘Yellow Rose’ even though there is a romantic aspect to it, it really, really focuses on the human component and para sa mga nangyayari sa mga taong nadadamay, you know? No thanks to a particularly unfriendly immigration policy of United States.

“So, it’s really…that what happens when there’s lack of compassion and so we see Rose’s and how it is connected to all other undocumented immigrants especially Filipino undocumented immigrants in the US,” paliwanag mabuti ni Lea.

Walang leading man o love interest si Lea sa Yellow Rose dahil may asawa na siya rito na isang Caucasian at sinuportahan niya si Eva bilang bida sa kuwento.

”Somebody who does not want to help Rose in her journey throughout this film, so you don’t see me at all on any romantic situation, that’s for Rose,” sambit pa ni Lea.

Sabay hirit, ”I’m done! I’m a supporting character and I just have to advance the protagonist journey in this, so, that is my role. It’s about 15 minutes or so in the entire movie but I have a lot of fun shooting it.”

Anyway, kasama rin nina Lea at Eva si Princess Punzalan at mapapanood ang Yellow Rose sa January 29 via KTX.ph, iWant TFC, Sky Cable pay-per-view and Cignal pay-per-view sa halagang P150 per ticket at distributed ng Cinexpress.

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