MANILA, Philippines – With their cross-national love team starrer in the works, Filipina actress Erich Gonzales and Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer met again in Bangkok for the story conference of their movie with the working title "Suddenly It's Magic."
|Mario Maurer and Erich Gonzales during the story conference
for their film "Suddenly It's Magic" in Bangkok, Thailand
Gonzales and Maurer, who first met when he visited the Philippines in October 2011, shared the first details of their upcoming film project directed by Rory Quintos.
“Magic” tells the story of a romantically jaded Filipina baker who is changed when she meets a Thai superstar who visits the Philippines to escape from his busy career.
“My character here, I own a bakeshop. I’m actually a pastry chef. I just got out of a bad relationship that’s why I became a little jaded or bitter when it comes to love. Then I meet this Thai guy who will change my life, and so that’s where the magic begins,” Gonzales said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Maurer, whose role is “very different” from his past portrayals, said he is excited to play Marcus.
“My character’s name is Marcus, and he’s a Thai superstar. He works in the movie business, [but] he gets bored of the career that he made, and one day he just decided he wants to go somewhere, like the Philippines, and that’s when the magic starts,” Maurer said.
Having spent time together in preparation for their film, Maurer admitted he has become fond of Gonzales.
“Erich is very funny. When we talk, she has so many characters,” he said, adding in jest, “And for me she’s not like a woman, she’s kind of a man. She can rap, she can do beatbox, and she tries to make me sing for her, and I just wouldn’t!”
“She’s very playful, that's why it’s happy to be with her,” he added.
Asked if he sees the possibility of courting Gonzales with their growing friendship, Maurer was lost for words – Gonzales’s cue to interject and come to the rescue.
“Everybody knows that he has a longtime girlfriend, and I really admire their relationship, and we’re here to work and to have fun, and definitely we’ll be close friends even after this,” Gonzales said, with Maurer nodding in agreement.
Maurer is set to visit the Philippines in May to shoot scenes for “Suddenly It’s Magic.” Aside from Bangkok, Thailand, the movie will feature Ilocos as a film location.