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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.

Jun 8, 2018

Dance Princess Ella Cruz Does Her Most Physically And Emotionally Demanding Role In Her Career In The Horror-Thriller 'Cry No Fear'

AFTER DOING youth-oriented films like “Fangirl/Fanboy” and “Squad Goals”, Ella Cruz is now cast in a horror-thriller about two sisters who become the victims of vicious criminals who try to invade their very own home one stormy night. She co-stars with internet sensation Donnalyn Bartolome in “Cry No Fear”, which is directed by Richard Somes.

As antagonistic half sisters, Ella as Wendy and Donnalyn as Kaycee are always fighting with each other, much to the chagrin of their father Lito Pimentel. But when intruders led by Patricia Javier, Christopher Roxas and Lander Vera Perez try to get into their house after they’ve been left by themselves during a raging typhoon, they have no choice but to rely on each other in order to survive their horrible experience in the hands of the ruthless bad guys.

“This is so different from what I usually do na pa-sweet or may ka-love team,” says Ella who’s better known as a Millennial dance princess. “This one is emotionally and physically draining. Mahirap i-portray yung emosyon ng takot all throughout the movie. Mas madaling magdrama o magpatawa. When it was offered to me, alam ko it will be difficult kasi we have action scenes, umuulan lagi in the story so lagi kaming basang-basa at giniginaw. At one time, sa takot ko, nag-hyperventilate ako. Buti na lang may portable oxygen si Direk Richard to help me breathe, but it took two hours before I stabilized. Very emotional and physical ang challenges, but I accepted it kasi ito talaga ang gusto kong gawin, yung magpakita ng acting. Kahit mahihirap ang eksena, di ako nagreklamo kasi tinanggap ko ito so dapat lang na mag-level up ako.”

How is it working with Donnabelle? “Nagkatrabaho na kami before in ‘Darkroom’ and ‘Fangirl/Fanboy’ so we already know each other. But doing this movie, dun talaga kami naging close at para na kaming real sisters ngayon. We confide in each other.”

How about Direk Richard Somes? “The first time I worked with him was child star pa ako sa isang show ng GMA. Now, ten years later, nagkatrabaho kami uli, but in a movie. Very stressful ang shooting namin kasi suspense-thriller ito, mahihirap ang mga eksena, but I really like the dynamics of his directing na kaiba sa ibang director. May scenes na hindi ipinaaalam sa amin ang mangyayari, basta the cameras are all around us, tapos biglang may kakalabog o mangyayari na hindi sinabi sa’min before, so yung takot na we register on cam, totoo yun, very raw, kaya ang intensity ng movie, pataas din nang pataas.”

Be prepared to be scared when “Cry No Fear” opens in theaters on June 20.