Hard but challenging -- Valdez on film acting debut
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 28, 2019 04:10 PM
Masaya ako sa experience ko with them. I’m very happy na tinanggap ko po ang opportunity na ito kasi it’s very different, different element and different environment for me -- Alyssa Valdez on her first movie alongside Glaiza De Castro and TJ Trinidad
Volleyball star Alyssa Valdez gets a chance to trade the usual game plan instructions from her coaches to memorizing lines and acting in front of a camera under a film director with her debut movie “My Letters to Happy.”
The Creamline team captain plays a supporting character in the film that stars Glaiza De Castro and TJ Trinidad.
“Masaya ako sa experience ko with them. I’m very happy na tinanggap ko po ang opportunity na ito kasi it’s very different, different element and different environment for me,” said Valdez on Friday during the press conference of the film written and directed by Pertee Brinas at the Woorijib House of Korean Buffet in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
“I think it was very hard, actually, kasi in volleyball your emotion is based on a situation given to you but here you make that situation kung ano ang ibibigay sa’yo ng director,” she said. “May mga actors’ cue nga akong natutunan dito, yun na ang ginagawa ko. It was very hard but challenging but I really enjoyed it kasi once in your life you have to try something different, something to open a lot of opportunities also and to know yourself better.”
Valdez plays the role of Cindy, a trusted assistant and trainee of Trinidad’s character Albert, who will meet the character of De Castro’s Happy in a story of finding happiness and battling mental illness.
Director Brinas, a volleyball fan himself, reveals that he made the character of Cindy with Valdez in mind.
“Volleyball fan kasi ako. Sinusulat ko pa lang siya, siya na ‘yun, siya talaga ang gusto kong mag-play ng role kasi parang nung ginagawa ko ang script naisip ko na kailangan ng pampa-balance kasi maraming serious moments ‘yung film,” Brinas explained.
“Kailangan ko ng somebody, ayoko naman siya na comedy ah, kailangan mo lang ng pampa-balance sa material mo para di siya masyadong mabigat,” the film director added. “Gusto ko talaga si Alyssa, sabi ko ‘kaya nya ito, kaya nya ‘to’.”
My Letters to Happy opens in cinemas nationwide on July 17.