MANILA—Alden Richards couldn’t hold back tears when he received praise from Cathy Garcia-Molina, the director whose films Richards said he only used to watch and admire from afar before they worked together in “Hello, Love, Goodbye.”
During the press conference for the movie at the ABS-CBN compound on Tuesday, Molina said Richards is one of the talented actors she enjoyed directing.
“I have worked with so many actors na mababait at magagaling. Alden is one of them. Nu’ng sinabi nilang Alden [ang makakasama ni Kathryn Bernardo], sabi ko ‘Hmmm, mataba lang pero mukhang marunong umarte itong batang ito,’” she said drawing laughter.
As it turns out, Molina wrongly thought of Richards.
“Nagkamali ako. Hindi siya marunong. Magaling siya. At napakabait na tao,” she said.
These kind words left Richards teary eyed, that his only response was to literally kneel before the director to give her a tight hug.
In an interview with reporters after the press conference, Richards explained why he became emotional.
“Coming from direk Cathy, sobra akong na-move, natouch. Hindi ko akalain na ganu’n ’yung magiging effect ko kay direk while doing this film. Siguro ganu’n talaga, you just be yourself and let other people speak for you,” he said.
The Kapuso actor then went on to thank Bernardo for agreeing to do this movie with him.
“Nagpapasalamat ako siyempre kay Kath for accepting me and for direk Cathy and for Star Cinema for considering me,” he said before being cut off by Bernardo by correcting his statement.
“Not considering, but for choosing you. You’re the only option. No other options,” she said, putting a bigger smile on Richards’ face.
Meanwhile, both Richards and Bernardo shared what they will miss the most when they are finally done promoting the movie.
“Mami-miss ko ’yung nabuong friendship dito. Sabi nga niya kanina, napaka-genuine ng lahat ng nangyari dito. Wala kaming pinilit and all,” said Bernardo.
She said the friendship they built while filming abroad was something unexpected.
“Hindi ko in-expect na mag-jive lahat na ganito kagulo. Happy kasi ako sa mga promos makakasama ko pa sila pero after that, sana hindi pa doon mag-end. May nabuong friendship and we are very happy,” she said.
Richards said he’s already missing their bonding moments while filming in Hong Kong.
He is also hoping their group could still bond even when all their work is over.
“Doon [sa Hong Kong], hindi ABS-CBN, hindi GMA. It’s family. ’Yun ’yung nabuo. Siyempre ’yung mga bondings namin when we do presscons and mall tours together, ’yung samahan talaga,” he said.
“After the movie, kasi siyempre ’yung schedule ko, ni Kath and nu’ng iba naming mga kasama, iba iba na, so talagang conscious effort talagang magkita kita. Pero ’yun ’yung mamimiss ko talaga, ’yung samahan namin dito.”
Is he open to doing more films with Star Cinema?
“Sana po. Kung meron man pong offer, hindi ko tatanggihan ’yan. Siyempre po, with the blessing pa rin po ng GMA kung papayagan pa rin po ako. Pero I’m still looking forward to do films with Star Cinema and other production houses,” he said.
Bernardo also played a similar tune, saying she’s also open to exploring other opportunities beyond the bounds of ABS-CBN if she will be permitted.
“Kung meron silang offer na swak and, of course, pinayagan ako ng Kapamilya network, why not? Basta daanin natin sa magandang usapan lahat. Like ’yung sa kanila, hindi siya naging mabilis. Tatrabahuhin talaga. But yeah, I am very open naman,” she said.
"Hello, Love, Goodbye" centers on the love story of Joy (Bernardo) and Ethan (Richards), Filipino workers based in Hong Kong.
Ethan, a bartender, is keen on romantically pursuing Joy, a domestic helper who is wholly dedicated to providing for her family.
Joy is unwavering with her priorities, but this does not stop Ethan from convincing her, and ultimately settling for the little she is capable of giving in return.
"Hello, Love, Goodbye" is scheduled for a nationwide release on July 31.