MANILA – Xian Lim appeared surprised when asked how he feels to be the replacement of actor JC de Vera in the movie “Dear Other Self” starring Jodi Sta. Maria.
Speaking to entertainment site PEP last week, Lim said he actually didn’t know that de Vera was supposed to play his role.
“Ah ganun ba? Ngayon ko lang ito nalalaman ha. Totoo, ngayon ko lang ito nalaman. Hindi ko naman alam 'yung history ng project. All I know nung sinabi nila sa akin is makakatrabaho ko nga si Jodi at si Joseph (Marco). So, sabi ko, ‘Why not? First time,’” he said.
Lim said he always finds it “magical” to work with actors for the first time.
“I think meron talagang magic sa first time being able to work with someone. And 'yun 'yung magic na parang hindi pa kayo familiar sa isa’t isa. So, mas iyon yung nag-stick sa akin,” he said.
The actor said he also doesn’t mind being the second choice for the movie.
“Wala naman. I think sa lahat naman ng projects maraming kinu-consider din. It’s not just one actor. It’s our job to be flexible,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lim shared that he has so much fun filmed with Sta. Maria in Thailand.
“Si Jodi is the type of person na hindi ko inakalang ganun siya. Kasi the Jodi I watched on TV is parang nakaka-intimidate. Pero nung nakasama ko na siya, 'yun pala sobrang cool niya, sobrang daldal, sobrang she’s very easy to get along with, ang saya niya kasama,” he said.
While admitting that he initially felt nervous, Lim said Sta. Maria made everything so much easier for the two of them.
When asked if there’s a kissing scene their fans should watch out for, Lim said the viewers will just have to wait and see.
“Abangan nila. Actually, hindi ko pa alam kung ano 'yung mga nasama at hindi masasama sa pelikula. Kasi siyempre baka magsabi ako tapos hindi kasama. So, tignan natin,” he said.