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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 19, 2018

Kris Aquino Back On The Big Screen In 'I Love You, Hater' And Sings Praises To Her Co-Stars, Julia Barretto And Joshua Garcia

THE LOVE TEAM of Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto, that scored their first hit on the big screen in “Vince, Kath & James” in 2016, followed by “Love You to the Stars and Back” and “Unexpectedly Yours” in 2017, is now back in their fourth screen outing, “I Love You, Hater”. In the story of this rollicking romantic comedy, they actually start as rivals.

Joshua is Joko, the breadwinner in his family while Julia is Zoey, a go-getting young woman who wants to work with the so-called Digital Empress, Sasha Imperial, played by the comebacking Kris Aquino.

Kris as Sasha needs a new executive assistant but she would work only with women and with badings, so Joshua has to pretend that he is gay to get the job, much to the chagrin of Julia for whom working with Kris is a dream job, so she insists to Kris that she’s actually the one who’s better for the job. So Kris also gets her and they become tough competitors in trying to get to the good graces of Kris.

But naturally, things get quite complicated when Joshua can’t help but be sexually attracted to Julia and he starts regretting that he presented himself to her as a gay man. He also cannot reveal the truth as he would lose his job with Kris. As to where all this will be heading, you have to find out when the movie is shown on July 11 in theaters nationwide, as helmed by the neophyte director, Giselle Andres.

We ask Kris if she didn’t have any second thoughts being helmed by a new director whose only previous film was “Loving in Tandem” with the MayWard love team. “Our director is young but so brilliant,” says Kris. “She knows how to push the right buttons to bring out the best in me. Ganun siya kagaling. Ang tinanong ko lang, who did she work with before? When I learned na assistant siya ni Direk Olive Lamasan for 8 years, okay na ko. If Inang believes in her to give her this break, that means she’s really good. Actually, it’s the two stars na pinanood ko muna ang mga pelikula. I caught glimpses of their teleseryes, but iba kasi yung sa movies. So I watched them in ‘Love You to the Stars and Back’ and ‘Unexpectedly Yours’ and they’re good. They made me laugh and cry, kaya gusto ko silang makasama. With them in my comeback movie, para na akong nakasandal sa pader.”

So how is it working with Joshua and Julia? “They certainly know their craft. Masunurin silang mga bata. My son (Bimby) loves Julia, so if Joshua would not behave, my son is just waiting in the wings. He came to the shooting and he kissed me and Julia 40 times. Ako sa cheeks, si Julia, sa lips. Iba talagang kamandag meron si Julia Barretto. My son identifies with her so much. That means, napakagaling niyang artista. She’s so hungry. Si Joshua naman, the more I get to know him, the more I understand why Julia is in love with him. He’s amazing because the work needs him, he’s the real deal. In 15 or 20 years from now, he’ll still be here as one of our greatest actors in the industry.”

Of course, both Julia and Joshua are very thankful to Kris for her kind words for them. “Sa tagal na niya sa industry, it’s an honor that she appreciates our work,” they say. “Dahil diyan, mas inspired kami, mas ginaganahan to give our best sa pag-arte.”
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