MANILA -- Director Mae Cruz-Alviar on Monday praised Bea Alonzo for her professionalism while shooting Star Cinema's "Unbreakable" despite the controversies she was facing at that time because of her breakup with Gerald Anderson.
"She's a pro. It's a rule naman on the set and she's always been like that. She's always been a pro. She's not going to ditch work or abandon work just because she's going through something. She will be a pro, she will show up and she will do her job well," Cruz-Alviar said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
"And it's like, it's not going to be a burden on her or on us. So I have to give it to her. She knows to how to be professional and she values not only 'yung work niya, pati 'yung work ng ibang tao," she added.
While shooting the film, Cruz-Alviar witnessed the strong friendship between Alonzo and co-star Angelica Panganiban.
"'Yung chikahan nila talagang non-stop and talagang they're in one room, one tent lang, pinagsama talaga. Para talagang at least you know, throughout the process ay magkasama sila at mas ma-intensify pa 'yung bond. Not that they don't have the bond even before sa story con. Noong first time ko silang makasama ay ramdam na ramdam mo na 'yung energy and the chemistry, lalo pa sa shoot, because they were put in one tent or one room, talagang non-stop. As in ang ingay sa tent nila. You know how girl friends are," said Cruz-Alviar, who first worked with Panganiban and Alonzo on the hit series "Maging Sino Ka Man."
"And ang saya nila together. And even if 'yung hindi masaya. Kasi hindi naman 100% ay palagi kang masaya, hindi ba? People go through things and when one is going through something parang nagbibigay 'yung isa, 'oh give her space.' Kapag 'yung isa naman may nararamdaman din, 'oh give her space.' Parang naramdaman mo na talaga na nagka-chemistry at na-bond pa sila lalo," she added.
For Cruz-Alviar, the movie "Unbreakable," which is about two women whose friendship is tested because of love, was destined for Alonzo and Panganiban.
"Everything happens for a reason and always in God's perfect time. So I feel that itong project na ito ay talagang itinadhana na sa ganitong panahon mangyari, maganap at sila 'yung gumanap sa mga karakter na ito," said Cruz-Alviar, who feels blessed to have good actors for her comeback movie project.
Cruz-Alviar took a two-year break since directing the 2017 box-office hit "Can't Help Falling In Love."
"They all have contributions to the characters to the story. Ang sarap makatrabaho ng mga artistang alam ang ginagawa nila at passionate about it. Hindi lang sila passionate, mahuhusay pa sila. It was such a blessing that I was given this opportunity to work with them," she said.
Also starring Richard Gutierrez, "Unbreakable" opens in cinemas nationwide on November 27.