FAMOUS: Paulo Avelino wants young actors to be braver

Published January 8, 2021, 7:20 AM

by Jeff Fernando

Paulo Avelino

2020 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actor Paulo Avelino for the movie “Fan Girl” shared what he thinks about winning an award during these times.

“Siguro this time there’s more mileage because MMFF is the biggest festival locally so I’m sure mas maraming reach, mas madaming tao nanunuod, mas madaming katulad ko na aktor or aktres na makakakita and ma-iinspire sila to not just accept roles like this, but look for the material that they haven’t done and that would challenge them.

At the same time, I also want to send a message to the young actors to be braver. Don’t be afraid to accept a role. Iba na yung panahon ngayon. Iba na yung pamamalakad ng maraming bagay so ano pa ang ikakatakot mo para tanggapin itong magandang pelikula. Minsan kasi nagiging hadlang yung stardom or image or yung gustong patunguhan nung bata. Nasa industriya tayo and we are actors, at the same time that the filmmakers are elevating their films, dapat sumabay din ang mga actors na sumabay din sila.” he shared. 

In his acceptance speech, Paulo dedicated his latest recognition to his son Aki.

Dinedicate ko yung award kay Aki siguro kasi lahat naman ng ginagawa ko para sa taong minamahal ko. Hindi naman ako materialistic na tao, hindi naman mataas yung pangarap ko para sa sarili ko. So itong mga taong ito ang nagiging inspirasyon ko para magtrabaho. Kung wala sila malamang hindi na rin siguro ako umaarte ngayon or wala na rin akong ginagawa so kaya dinededicate ko yung award ko kay Aki,” he explained. 


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“Fan Girl” director Antoinette Jadaone shared her future projects in a recent interview. The award winning director also gave trivia about writing the script for the 20202 MMFF Best Picture.

“Meron akong mga sinusulat ngayon na mga script at pelikula. Ang Fan Girl sa akin hindi talaga siya nag-sa-start na gusto ko magtalakay ng isyung panlipunan. Mas nag-uumpisa talaga siya sa kuwento na gusto ko ikuwento. Parang naturally sa pag-develop ng script, lumalabas na lang yung mga issue kung saan naroon yung mga characters.” she said.

Direk Tonette admitted that real fans were her inspiration in writing “Fan Girl” as she dedicated the film and multiple awards to them.
“Siguro para siya sa lahat ng fans, kasi usually hindi naman pag fan ka, fan ka lang ng artista di ba? Puwede kang maging fan ng teacher mo, puwede kang maging fan ng k-pop, k-drama, and athletes. And lalong lalong puwede kang maging fan ng mga pulitiko at government officials. So I think what started as just a story on fan culture and celebrity culture, it was actually what we had in mind at the start.” she explained.

Another trivia shared by the director is that during the filming of “Fan Girl” direk Tonette admitted she deliberately made sure Charlie did not interact with Paulo off camera.

“Yung sa start kasi ng pelikula awkward pa dapat kasi nahihiwagaan pa si Fan Girl kay Paulo Avelino kasi dati hindi naman niya nakakausap, ganyan. Gusto ko ma-preserve yung awkwardness na yun, na feeling ko, after every scene kung parang yung usual set na nag-chi-chikahan, close, sabay sabay kumakain, mawawala yung magic na yun, yung awkwardness ni Charlie kay Pau. I think nag-work naman kasi ang ginawa namin sa shoot, yung first part ng script first part talaga ng shoot namin ginawa so almost chronological namin siya ginawa.” she said.

“Fan Girl” is one of 10 official entries in the 2020 MMFF.

 
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