MANILA, Philippines - In spite of her nonstop concert tours abroad, international singing sensation Lea Salonga excitedly shared that she already set aside some time for her upcoming movie with her original Pinoy ka-love team Aga Muhlach for around late 2010. It’s the showbiz comeback that she has been waiting for since 2008.
“Now, it’s all about getting the right storyline and the script. Once that happens then madali na lang yun since I know who my leading man is already, that's a given, I already know. And I’ve been texting him let’s do this na. Sabi naman niya, ‘Oo, basta I’ll take care of you. Don’t worry Lea, it’s going to be special for us and for everybody.’ I was like, ‘Okay, ipinangako mo sa akin ‘yan ha.’ So I’m depending on Aga to make it special,” she happily exclaimed during her press con for Bounty Fresh Chicken last April 12.
Contrary to her previous interviews, however, Lea clarified that doing a bed scene with Aga is something she has to discuss first with Chinese-Japanese husband Robert Chien.
“Ay, no! Ayoko, ayoko, ayoko [ng bed scene]. A kiss is okay, and my husband knows it, but anything more than that I don’t know. Of course, I need to ask permission from my husband first out of respect for him. I know Aga and his wife Charlene [Gonzales], but I got to be respectful of him (Robert), too because I have to answer to him at the end of the day, you know. And so, obviously, both of us are going to have to read the script,” she explained.
When told that it has been Aga’s trademark to have controversial love scenes, Lea remarked that she had also noticed how young his leading ladies were in his previous films.
“Never mind kung sexy e, pero bata, mga bagets! I was like, ‘Okay, what’s up with you being paired with somebody who’s 23 or 24 years old? What's up with that?’ You know, I kind of want to do this film with him because then we don’t have to be young. We could just be who we are. And when I saw the Hollywood movie It’s Complicated (starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin), they're older, sexy… They’re so smart and incredibly funny. Why don’t we do a movie with people like that? That it’s about the older ones being savvy and smart, you know?”
If that’s the case, then would she reconsider doing a sensual but artistically done love scene that will give justice to a beautiful story?
“I don’t know okay? The script can be [changed], everything’s up for discussion. I mean, he's 41, I’m 39. You know what, it'll be whatever it'll be. But I’m just hoping that please do not give us puppy love anymore because we have families and children. Wala ng maniniwala if we do a movie where we play pa-cute,” she replied with a laugh.
While waiting for the movie, Lea will be busy with her U.S. tour this summer: Paris Hotel, Las Vegas with Patti Austin (April 17), Casino Morongo, Cabazon, California (April 24), Saban Theater, Beverly Hills, California with Patti Austin (April 30), and Performing Arts Center with Patti Austin (May 1).