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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.

Mar 10, 2012

Gwen Zamora Emotionally And Physically Drained In International Film 'The Witness'

GMA FILMS hosted a solo presscon for Gwen Zamora to promote her two movies that will be shown one after the other: “My Kontrabida Girl” on March 14 and “The Witness” on March 21. “I’m so happy and thankful na ang daming magagandang nangyayari sa career ko ngayon,” she says. “Aside from the two movies I did, I’m glad to be part of a hit new soap, ‘Biritera’.”

In “My Kontrabida Girl”, she plays the top lead actress in telenovelas and Rhian Ramos is her kontrabida who gets to slap her and do nasty things to her. In “The Witness”, she plays the role of a Fil-British girl working in Indonesia who witnesses the killings of her parents and younger sister then becomes the target of the murderer. In Jakarta, she’s also haunted by mysterious dreams about a man named Aris who committed suicide by firing his own gun inside his mouth.

What can she say that she plays a mere supporting role in GMA Films’ “My Kontrabida Girl” and it’s an Indonesian company that makes her first lead role? “Utang na loob ko naman sa GMA kaya nakuha ako to do ‘The Witness’. They sent me to the audition at doon ako nagustuhan ng director naming si Muhammad Yusuf. This is produced by Skylar Pictures of Indonesia but it’ll be released by GMA Films.”

How’s her experience working in Jakarta? “Masaya. I stayed there for one and half months. The first week, orientation and script reading lang. When we shoot, it’s only from sunup to sundown, walang magdamagang shooting. We shot most of the scenes in a building in Batavia, which is considered the Old Indonesia. My name in the movie is Angeli Flordeliza and it’s a very physically and emotionally draining role for me kasi maraming iyakan and the sequences where I have to defend myself from the killer, sobrang nakakapagod. In one scene, I hurt my knee kasi I’m supposed to fall down from a high place to the floor. E, paulit-ulit ang take, so my knee popped sa sakit. But all the pagod, all the hirap, it’s all worth it. I’m really proud to have made this thriller that is intended for international release.”