MANILA – Cathy Garcia Molina is overjoyed that the first look of “Hello, Love, Goodbye” starring Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards was warmly received.
Molina said she is elated that fans were able to appreciate Bernardo and Richards individually as actors, especially since their respective love teams “KathNiel” and “AlDub” are arguably the biggest among their contemporaries.
“Siyempre nung conceptualization pa lang nito, inisip na natin ang mga fandoms. Alam naman natin na ang lakas ng KathNiel, ang lakas ng AlDub, iba pa 'yung sari-sarili nila. Alam nating magkakaroon ng mixed reactions,” she said.
From the very beginning, Molina said they have been praying for fans to “go beyond idolizing the actors for the love team and not for the person.”
Surprisingly, Molina said she received a lot of comments that Bernardo and Richards actually have good onscreen chemistry.
“Natuwa ako kasi 'yun yata 'yung na-capture. With the reaction sa teaser, nagkaroon sila ng respeto kay Kathryn bilang Kathryn and not KathNiel. Nagkaroon ng Kathryn lang,” she said.
“Si Alden din, ganun din naman. Nakakatuwa na tinatanggap siya bilang Alden at hindi kasama yung ‘Dub,’ hindi dahil taga-GMA. Nawala 'yung barrier ng channels. Parang nag-isa. Ang ganda ng naidulot nung project,” she added.
In the teaser released Friday night, the characters are seen immersed in their work — Bernardo’s Joy appears to be a helper, while Ethan, played by Richards, is a bartender.
Exploring the cityscape of Hong Kong together, Joy and Ethan’s casual conversation about food makes a sharp turn with Joy’s sudden confession that she loves him.
Going by the teaser’s background song, however, the blooming romance won’t easily come by a happy ending, if at all.
The ubiquitous “Kung ‘Di Rin Lang Ikaw,” as popularized by December Avenue and Moira dela Torre, serves as a hint of hurdles to come for Joy and Ethan. That, and the film’s bittersweet title.
"Hello, Love, Goodbye," filmed almost entirely in Hong Kong, will hit theaters July 31.