“Ang una ko pong tanong, ‘Sigurado po ba kayo? Ako po ba talaga ang kukunin nilang actress?,” Kapuso actress and beauty queen Winwyn Marquez jokingly replied to GMA senior showbiz correspondent Lhar Santiago. The news reporter asked what Winwyn’s reaction was upon finding out that she got the title role for A and Q Productions’ launching project, Nelia.
“I was quite shocked,” she continued. “Noong binigay nila sa akin ‘yung script to read, I said yes. After [reading] the last page, sinabi kong I want to play that character. I wasn’t sure yet kung kukunin nila ako pero hindi ako nagdalawang-isip kasi it’s very exciting. Ibang-iba. Never ko pang nagawa ‘to,” the first Filipina Reina Hispanoamericana added during the film’s story conference via Zoom.
Who or what is Nelia?
“Ang kuwento ni Nelia ay gaya ng kuwento ng maraming Pilipino. Pero sa panahon natin, hindi pa rin tanggap ang sitwasyon natin ng iilan. Mental illness is the third most common disability in the Philippines, film director Lester Dimaranan shared. He went on to share his research on the exact statistics of Filipinos suffering from anxiety and depression, making the Philippines as the country with the third highest rate of mental health problems in the Western Pacific region.
Direk Lester added, “Ang plot ng kuwento ay masasabi kong isa na ring character. Si Nelia sa kuwento ay pagpapakilala ng isang tunay na tao. Naniniwala ako sa pelikulang ito, sa tulong ni Winwyn at ng iba pang artista, makikilala natin si Nelia bilang isang babae.”
If there is anyone who can best describe Nelia, she is writer-producer Atty. Melanie “Honey” Quiño. According to her, “Nelia is a nurse pero marami siyang personality na pino-portray. This character is a challenge to Winwyn’s acting skills. I know she will be able to give justice to the role.”
Meet the cast with mysterious roles:
Dexter Doria and Mon Confiado are also part of the cast.
While all of them have interesting characters to watch out for, the story will revolve around the “actress of the hour.” When she was tagged as that during the storycon, Winwyn was quick to react. She said, “Nakakakaba naman ‘yung actress of the hour. Ngayon lang ako tinawag ng ganun. Bigla akong kinabahan! Hindi ako sanay.” She later went on to have a better description of her role.
“Si Nelia, sabi nga ni Atty. Honey, she’s very unpredictable,” Winwyn said. “‘Yung audience will keep on questioning her character kung protagonist or antagonist ba siya. Anong meron sa ugali niya. You wouldn’t understand her kumbaga. ‘Yun ang masaya kasi the audience will have a roller coaster of emotions kasi lagi silang mag-ku-question kung sino ba ang masama dito at sino ang mabait. Ano ba ang nangyayari, may crime ba? May sakit ba?” The lead star reiterated that she finds the role very challenging.
Having a multiple personality role is a first for Winwyn. She shared, “Kasi ngayon ko pa lang magagawa ang ganitong genre. So, may pagka-suspense thriller siya na may pagka-horror feel pa. Medyo na-pressure ako sa sinabi ni Atty. Honey na versatile actress. I just hope I give justice to the character.”
Winwyn giving justice to the role is something the writer and executive producer is confident about. Atty. Honey said, “When I was writing this story, what I had in mind was someone na Filipina beauty talaga atsaka magaling umarte.” The lawyer-turned-film creative added that she watched Winwyn’s past projects and she was impressed. She said,“Kaya nya. Magaling si Ms. Winwyn.”
Atty. Honey added that another reassurance of Winwyn getting the role right is having seasoned actor Raymond Bagatsing as co-actor. She enthused, “Hindi matatawaran ang kaniyang acting skills.“
Interestingly, Raymond earlier expressed his appreciation for Atty. Honey’s storytelling. He said, “Interactive ang approach ng writing. It will get the audience to calculate kung sino ba talaga ang may kagagawan ng mga mangyayari.”
Winwyn and the rest of the stars are currently filming Nelia via a lock-in shooting setup.
Watch out for this exciting movie project by A and Q Production Films, Inc. (Excecutive producers: Atty. Honey Quiño and Atty. Aldwin Alegre). Local and international screenings are eyed for Nelia.