Multimedia Princess Nadine Lustre said she’s excited to go back to the theater now that restrictions have eased up.
“Nakakatuwa dahil this time ay makikita ko na rin uli yung sarili ko sa big screen. Excited talaga akong makapanood uli sa sinehan. Wala pa kasi talaga akong chance na manood uli although medyo matagal na rin nag bukas ang mga sinehan,” said Nadine, during the mediacon for her horror movie “Deleter,” an official entry to the 2022 Metro Manila Film Festival, held in Quezon City recently.
(It’s exciting because this time I will see myself again on the big screen. I’m really excited to watch it again in the cinema. I haven’t really had a chance to watch it again although the cinemas have been open for quite some time.)
Nadine, who got used to drama and rom-com films, realized that it was difficult to shoot a horror movie.
“Dito kasi na experience ko yung lahat like halimbawa ‘yung climax na ng movie namin so dapat tense ka palagi. Sinabi ko rin yun kay direk sabi ko mas nakakapagod palang mag horror kesa mag drama. So hindi ko rin siya ma-compare with anything or other horror film kasi nga yung ginawa ko before hindi naman siya ganun ka-grabe,” she said.
(I’ve experienced everything here, like for example the climax of our movie, so you should always be tense. I also told the director that it’s more tiring to do horror than drama. So I can’t compare him with anything else because the one I did before wasn’t that big.)
In preparing for some scenes, Nadine also said that she did not find it hard to imagine. “Hindi naman ganun kahirap mag-imagine. Kahit noong mas bata pa ako, very imaginative po ako. Talagang aaralin mo lang yung eksena and then you just imagine in your head paano mo gagawin ito or kung paano yung actions mo. I think it also helps na mahilig din ako sa horror films. So in a way meron akong mga reference. Mahilig din talaga ako sa movies. Mas mahirap mag-imagine na may ka eksena ka kasi it’s all in your head.”
(It’s not that difficult to imagine. Even when I was younger, I was very imaginative. You really just study the scene and then you just imagine in your head how you would do it or how your actions would be. I think it also helps that I also love horror films. So in a way I have references. I also really love movies. It’s harder to imagine that you have a scene because it’s all in your head.)
Some of the scenes in “Deleter” were shot out of her comfort zone, Nadine also said.
“Medyo mahirap kasi wala kaming kabatuhan ng eksena. Screen yung iniiyakan ko. Pero I’ve learned to let go in a lot of films din. Kunyari yung takot, yung emotions, kapag may. breakdown. Iba rin po talaga. At saka yung character ko hindi siya masyadong magalaw. Hindi rin siya masyadong nagsasalita. Most of the time hindi rin siya ganun kalaki. So parang may leak lang somewhere in the part of your body. It could be the eyes or somewhere. It’s so challenging. But I guess hindi pa rin ako nakita ng mga tao na ganito which is why I’m very excited to do it. Talagang everyday kapag may shoot kami excited ako kasi hindi ko pa siya nagagawa before and it’s really out of my comfort zone,” she said.
(It’s a bit difficult because I act alone. I cry in front of a screen. But I’ve learned to let go in a lot of films too. The fear, the emotions, when there’s a breakdown. It’s really different. And then my character, she doesn’t move very much. She doesn’t talk too much either. Most of the time she’s not that big either. So it’s like there’s a leak somewhere in the part of your body. It could be the eyes or somewhere. It’s so challenging. But I guess people still haven’t seen me like this which is why I’m very excited to do it. Everyday when we have a shoot I’m excited because I’ve never done it before and it’s really out of my comfort zone.)
But the award-winning actress said that she was grateful to work with Mikhail Red, who also shot the scary films “Eerie,” and “Dead Kids.” Produced by Viva Films, also joining the cast of the movie are: Louise delos Reyes, McCoy de Leon, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Elia Ilano, and Bombi Plata.
“I’m really grateful na nakatrabaho ko si Direk this time kasi tumatak talaga ang mga films niya. Noong nalaman ng mga friends ko na magkaka-work kami, na excite rin sila para sa akin. Second time ko talaga itong mag MMFF actually. First time is with Ate Vice yung Beauty and Beastie. Pero looking forward po sa float namin. Ano kaya ang magiging hitsura ng float namin? Hindi rin mahirap makipag communicate kay direk because he knows what he wants. Nakaka-stress yung eksena pero hindi naman stressful sa set,” Nadine said.
(I’m really grateful to be able to work with Direk this time because his films are really impressive. When my friends found out that we would be working together, they were also excited for me. This is actually my second time at MMFF. Beauty and Bestie is the first time with Ate Vice. But I’m looking forward to our float. What will our float look like? It’s not difficult to communicate with the director because he knows what he wants. The scene is stressful but it’s not stressful on set.)
Asked what she wanted to delete in life, Nadine said: “Siguro yung mga fashion moments ko back then. Pero kung meron man akong gustong pang i-delete, yung pagiging magastos ko before when I was much younger. I guess back then, gusto mo lang magspend ng mag spend on anything. Tapos ngayon pag-iniisip ko sya, I ask myself bakit nga ba ako gumastos dun? Sayang. Spur of the moment stuff. Pero now mas nagiging maingat na ako when it comes to spending.”
(Maybe my fashion moments back then. But if there’s anything I want to delete, it’s my spendthrift before when I was much younger. I guess back then, you just wanted to spend and spend on anything. And now, when I think about it, I ask myself why did I spend that? Too bad. Spur of the moment stuff. But now I’m becoming more careful when it comes to spending.)
Nadine said that she’s not ready to be called a horror queen because she hasn’t done a lot of horror flicks.
“Deleter,” the only horror film in this year’s MMFF, will be shown in cinemas on Christmas Day.