James Reid, Nadine Lustre on working together as a couple, movie 'This Time'
MANILA, Philippines – Since the finale of On the Wings of Love last February, James Reid and Nadine Lustre – reel-to-real life couple – have been working really hard.
The two have just received their Box Office Entertainment awards and finished the first round of their world tour. They have also been occupied with their respective endorsements, and have been filming scenes for their upcoming movie, This Time.
In an interview during a set visit at the University of the Philippines Fine Arts building Sunday, April 24, James said that unlike their previous movies, This Time is "very light."
"This one is very light. Compared to the past 3 [movies], this one is just [a] very light family movie, light summer movie," he said.
In This Time, James and Nadine are Coby and Ava, childhood friends who only get to see each other during the summer.
He described their characters, "Nadine’s character is a cry baby, I guess, and my character Coby is a lolo’s boy but’s he like a gentleman – very sweet."
James said that he really missed doing movies. He also said that unlike before – now that he and Nadine are a couple – going to work has been more enjoyable for him.
"It’s nice that we’re together... It’s easier to get up in the morning and look forward to going to work, so I enjoy it," he said.
In a separate interview at the set, Nadine shared her experience of filming in Japan where she got to see cherry blossoms and taste some of the local cuisine.
"First time. Ako, nag-enjoy ako, kasi gustong-gusto ko makita ever since yung cherry blossoms... So iyon nakita ko siya pero one day lang. Actually, umaga lang po eh, habang ginagawa namin yung [movie]," she said.
(I really enjoyed it because I've always wanted to see the cherry blossoms... So yes I saw it although it was only for one day. Actually, it was even just in the morning while we were doing [the movie.])
When asked about what she can say about other tandems now being vocal about their feelings, Nadine said, "I guess it’s a good thing po kasi at least hindi na nila tinatago yung status. Ang hirap din po kasi na-realize ko na dati ayoko, dati sinabi ko kay James huwag na. Tapos nung nag-announce siya na, 'Oo mas okay, hindi kami nagtatago.'"
(I guess it's a good thing because at least they don't hide their [relationship] status. It's really hard and I realized that because before I didn't want to say it, I told James no. And then when he announced it, it was like 'Yes, it's okay that we're no longer hiding our relationship.')
Nadine was also asked for her reaction about a viral article last March by Preen, a women's lifestyle website by the Inquirer. Called "How to be Nadine Lustre," the article was said to enumerate how a guy like James can fall in love with someone like her.
It drew flak from fans, but also from James as well, who wasted no time in defending Nadine about the story. Preen had since unpublished the article and issued an apology.
"Nung day po na lumabas yung article na iyon, parang 3 days ho yatang naka-post yung article nung sinabi po sa akin ni James," Nadine said. "Nasa London po kami, pa-Milan na po kami... nasa train station. Tapos sabi niya, 'Nabasa mo ba yung article? Have you read the article?' [I said,] 'What article?'"
(When the article came out, it had been around 3 days since it was posted when James told me. We were in London, on the way to Milan... at the train station. And then he said, 'Have you read the article?' [I said,] 'What article?')
"Nung nag-aantay na po kami binabasa na niya po and nung pagsakay po namin ng train, ayan nga kinukuwento niya. Tapos sabi ko gusto ko basahin. Tapos, nagulat na lang ako na hindi ko pa binabasa biglang nag-tweet na siya, nakita ko na yung tweet niya."
(While we were waiting, he was reading it and then when we got inside the train, he started telling me about it. Then I told him I wanted to read it. I got surprised because I wasn't able to read it yet, but he already tweeted about it, and I saw it.)
Here's some better advice to those who read 'How To Be Nadine Lustre":— James Reid (@JayeHanash) March 28, 2016
If you wanna find love, be someone worth loving.
@ariaskie none of the many things you mentioned in your Preen article made me fall for Nadine. It was everything you missed e.g. Personality— James Reid (@JayeHanash) March 28, 2016
"Pinag-uusapan na po nila nung mga kasama namin yung tweet niya... Ang sarap sa pakiramdam, nakaka-kilig!" Nadine said.
"He and our other companions were talking about what he tweeted... It felt good, I really felt kilig.)
With a busy schedule and part two of their world tour coming up, both looked backed on their successful careers so far.
"It feels good. I’m just happy my family is all here. That was really my goal… Right now, everything I’m doing is for them. Originally, it was [about] my personal goals, now I’m doing it for them," James said.
Nadine said, "Parang yung Diary ng Panget parang kahapon lang po kung iniisip ko kasi ang bilis-bilis nga po. Parang walang pong time mag-sink in lahat nung mga ginagawa ko tapos pagpinagkukuwnetuhan po namin, parang sasabihin [namin], 'Ay, two years ago na pala iyon.'"
(When I think about Diary ng Panget, it feels like it was only yesterday because time went by really fast. There was no time for everything that I've been doing to sink in, and when we talk about it, we would say, 'Two years have already passed?')
Directed by Nuel Crisostomo Naval, This Time hits theaters on May 4. – Rappler.com