MANILA, Philippines – Sometimes, life imitates art. But for silver screen regular Bea Alonzo, it's the opposite that's happened at least once.
Bea told Rappler in an exclusive interview that part of each character stays with her long after she’s played them — all of them have left her with little lessons that apply to her real life.
Sometimes, she said, it feels as if the movies’ writers or directors take inspiration from what she's going through when they’re filming.
In Nuel Naval’s The Love Affair (2015), for example, she had a problem with a scene wherein her character Adie had to run after Vince (Richard Gomez), because she thought it made the character lose her dignity: “Kahit gaano ako ka-in love, hindi mo gagawin 'yan para sa isang lalaki.” (No matter how in love you are, you wouldn’t do that for a guy.)
The night before she had to shoot the scene, she studied the script again and cried. “Naisip ko, I was really literally begging for someone to stay in my life. Begging for somebody to stay in my life na ayaw na talaga sa akin. I was just in denial all along pala,” she explained, becoming thoughtful. (I realized I was really literally begging for someone to stay in my life. Begging for someone to stay in life but even if they did not want to. I was just in denial all along.)
The tears came streaming down even more during and even after she did the scene. “So when I was doing the scene, grabe yung iyak ko kahit nung after cut na kasi naiisip ko may mga bagay – narealize ko may mga bagay pala sa buhay natin nakikita ng ibang tao na hindi natin nakikita.”
(So when I was doing the scene, I was crying so much even after we cut, because I realized that there are really some things – I realized that there are things in our lives that other people see but we can't.)
While the actress didn’t specify who she was talking about, she could have been alluding to her relationship with actor Zanjoe Marudo. The Love Affair was released in August 2015, and Zanjoe confirmed their breakup a few months later in January 2016. They had been together for over 4 years. (READ: Zanjoe Marudo on love and second chances)
Today, Bea will be gracing our screens once again, as she stars in Star Cinema’s 25th anniversary opening film, Kasal, where she takes on what may be another iconic role.
Bea has had her fair share of classic characters. Who could forget Basha of One More Chance fame, or Sari from The Mistress, or even Bobbie from Four Sisters and a Wedding? After all, we’ve seen them countless times on Cinema One and their lines are forever immortalized as gifs and memes.
In Kasal, Bea plays Lia, a schoolteacher from a broken family whose life is turned upside down when she gets engaged to the “prince of Cebu,” Philip (Paulo Avelino), so called because he comes from a well-off political family. Her seemingly perfect ending is thwarted by her ex-boyfriend and greatest love (Derek Ramsay) who holds a terrible secret about Philip.
Two years after her breakup was publicized, Bea has other lessons to learn, and with every movie, she thinks her fans can grow with her too. On what they can get from Lia’s experiences, she said: “To embrace their truth and to always embrace their reality.”
Kasal opens in theaters on May 18. – Rappler.com