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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 20, 2011

Judy Ann Santos-Ryan Agoncillo back on the big screen

JUDY ANN SANTOS and Ryan Agoncillo’s son Lucho is turning a year old next month. They’re both busy with their own TV projects and, together, they’re shooting a new film, “My Househusband”, an entry to the December Metro Filmfest, but they’ll both take time out to give their boy a big first birthday celebration. “Siempre naman, first birthday niya ito so we want to make it special,” says Juday.

How’s it working with Ryan again in a movie after Joey Reyes’ “Kasal Kasali Kasalo” (2007) and “Sakal Sakali Saklolo” (2008), both filmfest topgrossers? “Two years na kaming kasal so mas alam na namin exactly what marriage is all about, meron na kaming actual experience, unlike before na uma-acting lang kaming mag-asawa,” she says. “With Yohan and Lucho with us, we can now also truly say we can relate to being parents.”

Proudly produced by OctoArts Films, “My Househusband” is a heartwarming comedy about a couple who exchange roles. Ryan as Rod stays home doing household chores while Juday as Mia goes out to earn a living. They deal with some unusual situations with such a set-up.

Is Rod under the saya? “No,” says Ryan. “Rod is not a ‘yes’ man. He still gets to wear the pants in the family except that he also dons the apron come meal times. When we read Direk Joey Reyes’ script, who also wrote our first two hit filmfest entries, Juday and I realized a lot of couples can relate with the experiences that our characters go through in the movie. Parang homecoming ko rin ito sa OctoArts Films as I did my first movie with them in 2005, ‘Kutob’, na si Direk Joey rin ang gumawa.”

“We both trust Direk Joey,” says Juday. “He’s very easy to work with as long as you come to work prepared. He knows what he’s doing kaya mabilis siya magtrabaho. Hindi nyo kailangang magpuyat, a no-no for me lalo na nga’t I breastfeed Lucho. Ibang-iba rin ang character ko rito as Mia, a supportive and patient kind of wife unlike the loudmouthed and strong-willed wife I played before. Ryan, on the other hand, can identify with Rod as a very principled guy with a lot of heart. The film will help couples realize that the wedding vow about staying together ‘for better or for worse’ is not mere lip service.”

With their track record, we won’t be surprised if “My Househusband” emerges as a topgrosser once again in the 2011 film festival box-office race.