Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza celebrate the first anniversary of their love team AlDub via the film Imagine You & Me, which hits cinemas on July 13.
MANILA, Philippines – Stronger and happier together.
That’s how Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza describe their working and personal relationship, one year after the whole nation saw the sensational rise of their love team AlDub on the longest-running noontime show Eat, Bulaga.
Now Alden, 24 and Maine, 21 are ready to celebrate the first anniversary of AlDub via their first-ever solo starrer titled Imagine You & Me. Directed by Mike Tuviera and backdropped by romantic Italy, the film premieres on July 13 — or three days before the actual anniversary date, July 16.
Producers APT Entertainment, GMA Films and M-Zet Productions have spared no expense to ensure that Imagine You & Me is worth the long wait. “This is to honor not just the phenomenon that is AlDub, but to honor the fans as well,” direk Mike said.
The STAR recently had an exclusive chat with Maine and Alden wherein both looked back on how much their lives have changed in the past year.
Let’s talk about Imagine You & Me. How will you describe your characters in the film and how can you identify with them?
Maine: My character is Gara. I have many similarities with her since Gara is very optimistic and masayahin lang. Makulit din parang ako and a hopeless romantic.
Alden: My character is Andrew. He’s very sensitive, malalim masaktan and he seeks closure on things. Most probably those are my personalities as well.
What were the challenges you faced while filming in Italy?
Maine: The most challenging during the shoot in Italy was the week we arrived because the weather wasn’t cooperating. So, we had to do a lot of adjustments. First week, it was always raining. There were days when we had to pack up and the people were strict with the working hours. Strictly 12 hours dapat so kapag trabaho, we really had to shoot.
Alden: We have to abide by the rules because we were foreigners working in another country. So pag hindi namin sinunod yun, there will be consequences. We really stuck to the rules and regulations of the foreign production team because they were very strict and very mahal (expensive).
Maine, is it true you got sick in Italy?
Maine: I had menstrual cramps. That’s my usual struggle even here in the Philippines. I’d be absent even in Bulaga for a day because di ko talaga kayang mag-work. But when we were in Italy, first half of the day, we were able to shoot.
Alden: Ang kailangan kasi ni Maine when she’s under that condition is she just needs to sleep.
Maine: (How did Alden help me?) Di niya ako iniiwan. Nasa tabi ko lang siya, dinadasalan niya ako (laughs).
Alden: Totoo naman. Pray over, actually.
Maine: It worked!
What’s your favorite memory from your time in Italy?
Alden: Every single thing! But favorite would have to be the Verona days and when we shot at the villas.
Maine: This was the House of Juliet. We shot there for a day. (Audiences) will know why it is memorable when they see the film.
Alden: (Jokes) Actually, nabuhay si Juliet!
Maine: Nagkatawang tao si Juliet (laughs).
What new things have you learned about each other while doing the film?
Alden: With Maine, she will not stop until she gets what she wants. Well, the same goes for me. Because when you’re acting, you have a vision of a scene, like I wanted it to end like this... Si Maine, hanggang hindi niya nakukuha, she will not stop doing it over and over again.
Maine: But if kelangan ko siya makuha talaga, baka hanggang ngayon nasa Italy pa tayo (laughter).
Alden: But personally, she’s a person you can trust. Every day.
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