HOLLYWOOD, California - Almost two decades ago, Jesse and Celine, the characters played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, met and fell in love in the movie "Before Sunrise."
|Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in 'Before Midnight'
The pair reunited in "Before Sunset," which came out in 2004. The movie's ending left hanging whether they will stay together or not.
In the their latest movie, "Before Midnight," Jesse and Celine are together, but are trying to figure out if it's going to be forever.
“The thing that makes me most happy about Jesse and Celine is that they're still interested in connecting. What can happen to people is they can get a little bored or a little tuned out,” Hawke said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Delpy added, “They just don't stop. They're so engaged with each other.”
The series is popular for its romantic but frank discussions about the different stages of a relationship.
The three movies were set in Europe, but should a fourth movie happen, the stars say they would like to shoot in the Philippines.
“I've never been [to the Philipppines]. I heard it's beautiful,” Deply said.
“I've never been either, but I'd like to go,” Hawke added.
When asked about the possibility of a fourth movie being set in the Philippines, Hawke said, “That would be nice.”
Romantic movies typically don't get sequels like action films, but fans all over the world fell in love with the couple from the beginning, hence the trilogy.
Explaining the series’ success, director Richard Linklater said, "People can relate to [the characters]. They're not superheroes, they're not extraordinary people. They're somewhat normal people so you can reflect and see yourself in them to some degree."
The series have been named by critics as among the best romantic movies of all time and even received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for "Before Sunset."
“[‘Before Midnight’ shows] what happens when the one that got away is at home cooking and getting angry,” Delpy said.
Hawke added, referring to three films in the series, “I like to say they're about 'what could be,' ‘what should have been,’ and then 'what is.'”
“Before Midnight" will be shown in the Philippines on July 3.