Even before he bagged the highly-coveted role as Yago in the recently-concluded “Carmela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae sa Balat ng Lupa” which we saw him being paired with no less than Marian Rivera, Alden Richards already received recognition from the horror movie “The Road.” This time we will see him on the big screen again with a promise that a different Alden will surprise, and even shock, his fans.
Here are excerpts from the interview with the actor in last Friday’s pocket blogcon sponsored by GMA Artist Center and was held at Mesa Restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City:
On his upcoming movie ‘Cain at Abel’:
“Upon reading the title, we have this conception of purely creating the original ‘Cain at Abel’ but it’s not the same story from the original , siguro the way I observe it parang it’s a sequel e of the first one. It’s a totally different story, Aljur and I are not brothers here, they’re both different persons and the story is basically about betrayal, revenge, love, family, kumbaga how we conceptualize a bad boy, ganun siya may drugs, of course, different themes po e. Walang Cain at Abel na name dun sa story, pero ako po ‘yung bad boy dito.”
On how he attacked his role in the movie:
“The way direk Adolf would want me to do it, nabasa ko lang ‘yung sequence not the whole script then he’ll say ‘kakargahan lang kita when we shoot para hindi aral,’ which is good. I like the approach parang if there’s a scene, kunwari big scene ito, ‘yung scene na turning point ng movie of course as an actor kahit sabihin mong hindi mo pagpaplanuhan at some point pagpa-planuhan mo talaga ‘yan unconsciously so ako po hindi ko po talaga binasa ‘yung script, itatanong ko lang ‘Direk san galing, anong emotions po ang gusto niyo direk?’ Ganun lang.”
On the possibility of winning an award:
“Actually po, sabi ko kay direk Adolf, first may scenes po kami na ginagawa sabi ko direk pang-award ba? ‘Huwag mo munang isipin ‘yon, dadating yun’ so parang that hit me na ok never never do something for, kumbaga, do it for yourself not for the award. Gawin mo ‘yung trabaho mo for self fulfillment and also to satisfy the director. Of course, in a way, maganda rin to aim for an award pero ‘yun nga sabi ni Direk, it will come. So just do your best in every scene.”
On reinventing himself as a bad boy:
“I’ve never done a hard sell bad boy character before, si Yago kasi [Carmela] sa first part lang siya e then eventually naging family guy, naging defender, so nawala ‘yung character ng bad boy sa kanya pero ito all the way.”
On working with direk Adolf Alix, Jr.:
“Si Direk Adolf the way I see him direct is not like the other directors that I’ve worked with. Specially ‘yung mga akala ko kasi sometimes us when we act we really expect something na ‘o sige hindi ko muna ‘yan ibibigay kasi meron pang reverse shot siya wala na. We just take scenes na important kumbaga let’s say when I was doing a project with GMA, there is a scene for a movie and then we’ll reverse it tapos kukunin from the top. Si Direk Adolf hindi ganun e. He will take that scene, kukunin lang niya kung ano ‘yung important dun sa reverse, not to repeat anything.”
“Ang nagustuhan ko sa kanya ayaw niya ng kunot-noo acting kasi ‘yun daw ‘yung pinakamadaling excuse to act. When you move your facial muscles. Sabi ko oo nga ‘no so everything should be in the eyes lang.”
On the difference of working in an indie film from a teleserye:
“Sobrang layo sa TV, I mean although movie is similar to TV na commercialized and we’re aiming on mainstream din for Cain at Abel but we’re trying to create ‘yung ano, mas daring, mas out of the box na concept na indie film for mainstream. So we don’t know yet, we’ve shot a few scenes na medyo talaga for a few selected viewers lang talaga dahil hindi po siya talaga for everyone, for kids, pero we’ll see kung ano ang treatment ng pagkaka-edit niya.”
On several career firsts that he did for this movie:
“Ang dami kong firsts sa movie na ‘to. First love scene, first sexy scene…kapag inisip ko talaga very nervous ako ‘dun kasi it’s my first. Sa Carmela wala ring masyado, intimate scenes lang with Carmela ‘yung nagyari pero this one talaga, ‘yung love scene talaga, what we think about about love scene.
I’ve never done anything like it. In a way ‘pag napalabas ito, the scenes the shots, the way I see myself acting in the shots something different e, sometimes I have this intuition na I can do this pala, na kaya ko pala.”
On his leading lady wish list:
“Of course Marian, check na ‘yun. Next to Marian siguro is Lovi Poe. I like how she works, ‘yung mga soaps niya, she’s a great actress, she’s a good person, siguro I want to venture my acting skills with her if possible.”
“Sa younger siguro si Barbie Forteza. She’s also a good actress, we all know naman, siguro mag-aadjust naman ‘yung chemistry namin together if mabigyan kami ng project. Siguro sila lang ‘yung mga nasa list ko on who I want to work with.”
In conjunction with the film, Alden appeared on the cover of Chalk Magazine heralding the actor’s courageous change of image:
Aside from “Cain and Abel,” Alden is also set to do another indie film with Maxene Magalona and LJ Reyes as his co-stars. And just like Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Coco Martin and Lovi Poe, the heartthrob joins the elite group of young actors who got the chance to work with the one and only Superstar, Nora Aunor. The project’s title is “Kinabukasan” and it’s a short film entry for this year’s Cinemalaya Film Festival which is also being helmed by Adolf Alix, Jr.
Here is a sneak peek from the said movie: