Fresh from the success of the teleserye Sabel, AJ Perez gears up for the launching movie of the stars of the hit primetime drama Mara Clara: Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, and Albie Casiño. The movie will be directed by box office director Cathy Garcia Molina and will start shooting this April.
Push.com.ph interviewed AJ during the story conference for this new movie, and he shared that he is very excited to be working with Kathryn, Julia, and Albie. “Napapanood ko sila minsan. Hindi ko rin masubaybayan ‘yung show nila as much as I want to kasi busy rin ako sa taping ng Sabel. Nagagalingan ako kina Kathryn at Julia. This will be the launching movie of the three Mara Clara stars and including me. I hope this will be very successful.”
AJ added that he feels honored to have been chosen to be a part of this project given the huge following that the three stars have earned because of the success of Mara Clara. “Alam naman nating lahat na maraming fans ang Mara Clara so I feel honored to be working with them kasi magagaling sila. Sina mag-blend kami ng mabuti. I’ll do my best.”
It turned out that AJ and Albie have been friends for a long time now. The two go to the same school where they have a common circle of friends. “We have our group of friends sa school so we all go out together or sometimes eat together. Matagal ko na ‘yang kilala. Mas nauna lang ako mag-showbiz pero halos magka-age kami. Two years pa lang siya sa showbiz pero nakikita kong ang laki na ng improvement niya.”
AJ also shared his feelings about working with Direk Cathy whom he has worked with on a teleserye. The actor said that he hopes Direk Cathy’s success streak will continue with this movie project. “Alam naman nating lahat ang credentials ni Direk Cathy, lahat ng big stars na nakatrabaho niya. Kami na yata ang youngest na makaka-work niya. Hopefully coming from the recent success of our respective teleseryes, this will be a new experience for all of us. She told us na mahalin ‘yung trabaho namin and she will love us back.”
After graduating from teeny-bopper roles and venturing into more mature portrayals in Sabel, AJ said that he hopes this new film project will enable him to showcase a different side of himself as an actor. “Marami na rin akong experience in the six years that I’ve been in showbiz. Patuloy pa rin ako sa pagre-research every time may bagong role na ibibigay sa akin. I prepare myself. I give my all. I believe in the saying that ‘You’re only as good as your last show.’ So ako I try to make it a point to always bring something new to the table.”