MANILA — After the likes of Dingdong Dantes, Alden Richards, and Maine Mendoza, Dennis Trillo is the latest GMA-7 star to cross over to ABS-CBN via a film project.
Trillo, who has been identified with GMA-7 since 2002, is one of the lead cast members of Star Cinema’s upcoming horror film “Hellcome Home.”
Star Cinema is the Kapamilya network’s flagship film outfit.
Trillo previously worked with Star Cinema when it distributed his 2015 romance drama movie “You’re Still the One,” produced by Regal Films. “Hellcome Home,” however, marks the first time Star Cinema is producing a film starring Trillo.
“Masaya at palaging magandang experience dahil iyon pa lang pong thought na makakatrabaho ko ang Star Cinema, nakakasiguro na ako na quality na proyekto ang gagawin ko,” Trillo said during a press conference Monday, ahead of the October 30 release of “Hellcome Home.”
“Bukod doon ay makaka experience din akong makatrabaho ang mga artistang hindi ko madalas makita at makatrabaho,” he added.
In the film, Trillo stars alongside Beauty Gonzalez, Raymond Bagatsing, Alyssa Muhlach, Gillian Vicencio, and Teejay Marquez, among others.
Trillo’s casting in the Kapamilya project closely follows the respective ABS-CBN collaborations of Richards (“Hello, Love, Goodbye”) and Mendoza (“Isa Pa with Feelings,” due for release on October 16).
“Wala naman pong pressure,” he said, when asked whether he feels the need to match the box-office success of his fellow Kapuso stars in their own ABS-CBN films.
“Para sa akin naman po kasi, iba-ibang projects ‘yung ginagawa naming. May drama, may love story, sa akin naman po, horror.
“Ako naman po, mas mahalaga sa akin ‘yung quality ng pelikula kaysa mas inuuna ‘yung, ‘Kikita ba ‘to?’ Mas pinahahalagan ko na magkaroon siya ng magandang reviews, kasi iyon ‘yung para sa kin na mas tatatak sa mga tao na manonood ng pelikula,” Trillo said.
In “Hellcome Home,” Trillo portrays Peter Villareal, whose family just recently moved in to a house which turns out to be haunted. With a career spanning nearly 20 years, Trillo has had numerous horror outings — but the challenge, he said, never gets easier.
“Nakakapagod ang horror dahil physically draining siya, atsaka emotional din. Dito sa pelikulang ‘to, kani-kaniya kaming intense na eksena na talagang hindi mo ginagawa sa tunay na buhay.
“Hindi tulad ng drama, na-experience mo nang malungkot ka, umiyak ka. Dito, mahirap magmukhang authentic ang takot ng isang tao. Parang may thin line siya na baka maging katawa-tawa ‘yung hitsura mo,” he explained.