Pia Wurtzbach finds new mentor

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Being a jolly person in real life, former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach could easily relate to her character Abi in the romcom “My Perfect You,” her first screen teamup with Gerald Anderson.

“Yes, may similarities kami. I play Abi, ako iyong may-ari ng resort. Siya iyong super bubbly character, na full of sunshine, palaging mataas ang energy niya kaya palagi lang siyang masaya,” she said.

Sa totoong buhay, I can relate sa kakulitan niya and Direk Cathy Molina told me, iyan, ganyan ang gawin mo. Sabi nga ng mga nakapanood sa akin, Piang-Pia raw talaga ang character ko,” she added.

Being helmed for the first time by the box office director, she said that she savoured the challenge of portraying the Basha-inspired character (popularized by Bea Alonzo, her leading man’s girlfriend, in “One More Chance” in the movie.

“Well, napanood ko rin naman ang “One More Chance.” Lagi kong iniisip na iba ito and I’m not really supposed to copy it as it is. Kailangang pumasok ka pa rin siya sa intensyon ng role o character kung bakit niya sinabi iyong famous lines na nasa “One More Chance.” Wala akong trina-try na i-emulate. Noong nag-shoot nga kami, lumapit nga ako kay Direk. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Direk, meron pa ba akong puwedeng panoorin na movies mo para makapag-prepare ako sa pag-uwi ko for Abi? Sabi niya, huwag akong manood, kailangang iba si Abi’. Hindi ako nanood ng kahit ano. Ayaw kong ma-influence. Kung ano lang ang ibigay sa akin na instructions, iyon lang ang ginawa ko,” she declared.

She said that she also enjoyed working with Gerald who’s in her bucket list.

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“Marami akong natutunan sa kanya at inalalayan niya talaga ako dahil mas malawak ang experience niya kesa sa akin pagdating sa acting,” she asseverated.

“When I was told we’ll do a movie, siyempre, medyo may kaba. Una kong na-appreciate, mas matangkad siya sa akin. Kasi it would seem awkward kapag mas mataas ako sa leading man ko. Alam kong magaling siyang artista kasi napapanood ko siya, but it turned out, mabait din siya. Maalaga, a gentleman at hindi lang sa’kin kundi sa lahat ng kasama namin sa location shoot sa Zambales. I really enjoyed doing the movie with him,” she added.

She’s also glad that she’s found a new mentor in Cathy Garcia Molina.

Meron akong list of mentors na nirerespeto ko kasama na iyong nag-train sa akin sa pageant. Pag sila nagbigay ng advice, nakikinig talaga ako. Si Direk Cathy, siya iyong na-add sa list ko.”

The romcom “My Perfect You” is about imperfect guy who finds his universe in a perfect girl.

She also hinted on how one would know if she has found her perfect match.

Hindi naman siya at first sight lang. May pagdadaanan pa kayo, meron pang mga obstacles, mga challenges na kaya pala masaya, kaya din minsan pala malungkot, tapos unti-unti mong mare-realize na siya pala iyong talagang para sa akin, not necessarily in other people’s eyes but perfect for you sa sarili mo,” she pointed out.

Although, she has found her inspiration in bemedalled car racer Marlon Stockinger, she said that they are still in the process of constantly discovering each other.

“Hindi ko pa po masasabi iyon dahil marami pa po akong gustong gawin. Marami pa akong gustong ma-experience with regards to my personal relation with him. Maaga pa rin naman para sabihin ko na siya na iyong ‘perfect you,’ pero sana. I won’t really be able to say that until I get married. So, I hope so,”she said.

For her, being content in her ‘universe’ is her secret to happiness.

“I wouldn’t say that my universe is perfect but I’m happy. I accept everything in my life right now. I’ve accepted my mistakes, I’ve accepted the challenges. Of course, there’s the success and there are the achievements but it’s far from perfect, but it’s who I am and it makes me happy and I’m very content with my universe,” she concluded.

From the script of Kristine Gabriel and Carmi Raymundo and from the direction of Cathy Garcia-Molina, “My Perfect You” is a perfect romcom treat this summer.

Also in the cast are Janus del Prado, Half Rice and Wilma Doesnt.

The movie unreels in cinemas starting March 14.

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