|"The Voice of the Philippines" coach Lea Salonga
MANILA – After nearly two decades since their last onscreen partnership, Broadway actress Lea Salonga revealed there have been talks about a possible reunion movie with actor Aga Muhlach.
Muhlach and Salonga starred in two movies in the 1990s -- "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal" and "Sana Maulit Muli."
“There have been [talks] but can we get physically ready first for this? I think I’ve had a head start. I’ve lost a little bit of weight and it’s starting to show so it’s his turn na lang,” Salonga told Charlene Gonzales, who happened to be the actor’s wife.
Saying she rarely accepts movie projects, Salonga said she would rather work with people she’s already comfortable with.
“Minsan lang kasi ako gumawa ng pelikula. As in once every 17 years. I don’t do movies very often so I want to be with people that I’m already comfortable with. There are certain risks that I’d like take when I perform live. But when I do a film, I’d like to stay with a team na nakasanayan ko na,” she said.
The Tony-award winner also noted that she and Muhlach have a certain chemistry, which makes their working environment light.
“I think we have shorthand as far as what we do on screen. It’s very easy for a director to say ‘You two do this, do that.’ Tapos na agad ang usapan. Madali,” she said.
While she has not been active in the movies, Salonga said she is happy that people are still clamoring to see her and Muhlach together on screen again.
On being ‘very opinionated’
Meanwhile, Salonga finally broke her silence amid criticism that she is “very opinionated” as seen in the various episodes of “The Voice of the Philippines” where she sits as one of the coaches.
Salonga said she appreciates the feedback but said people should know that she’s really a very straightforward person.
“There are critics both from members of the press as well as all over social media. But tumataba din ang puso ko when I get messages from people that know me as a human being na nagsasabing, ‘Nakikita na ng buong bansa kung anong klaseng tao ka.’ I am opinionated, I word things strongly. I hold no punches, I’m very direct and I’m very straightforward,” she said.
Salonga added: “Whatever approach I’m taking, I’m taking from a place of sincerity and truth. If people like it then great. May tao talaga na may gusto sa approach ko, meron ding mga tao na nalalakasan ang dating. Who else can you be but you? So it’s fine.”
"The Voice of the Philippines" airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 8:15 p.m.