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Vilma Santos chooses Kim Chiu to be her co-star in Star Cinema's 'The Healing'

Star For All Seasons Vilma Santos reveals why she wanted to work with Kim Chiu.

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

8/24/2011 8:59 AM
Vilma Santos chooses Kim Chiu to be her co-star in Star Cinema's 'The Healing'


082411-vilmakim_main.jpgAlthough it’s been two years since she did In My Life with Star Cinema, Vilma Santos felt right at home as she sat down for a story conference of her new movie The Healing at the ABS-CBN compound yesterday, August 23. She was particularly excited to work with Kim Chiu whom she personally chose to be part of the project. “I was telling her kanina, even with her TV soap My Binondo Girl, makikita mo yung two characters na ginagampanan niyaMarami tayong magagaling na new breed of stars. Lahat sila marunong sumayaw, lahat sila marunong kumanta. But one thing with Kim, nakikita mo yung ibang role na kaya niyang gampanan. She’s a versatile actress at parang siya lang yung talagang iba-ibang talento ang kayang i-offer sa tao.”

Vilma was also impressed with the way Kim’s life story and the way she made her dreams come true despite her struggles while growing up. “Yung background ng tao ay importante. Baka sabihin naman showbiz na showbiz dahil gagawa kami ng pelikula. Pero napapanood niyo naman si Kim ‘di ba? How she takes care of her family, kung paano at saan niya nilalagay ang pera niya, which is very important. Marunong siya sa buhay and she's very serious about her craft. Kasi ‘yan naman ang labanan ngayon sa dami ng artista eh. Sino ang tatagal sa mahabaan? Yun yun.”

When asked about her considerations before she agreed to do the film, Vilma stressed that she’s not after a material that would get her an acting award. It’s more for her love of the craft which paved the way for the success that she’s enjoying right now. “When I say challenging, hindi naman kailangang pang-award or kailangang relevant yung movie kasi kahit papaano, modesty aside, mayroon na akong ganoong contribution sa industriya. At this point, I am looking for something new. Story-wise, first time ako gagawa ng ganitong proyekto. In terms of chemistry at kung sino naman ang pwedeng pagsamahing artista, this time we have Kim and myself. And with Chito Roño as our director, ano pang hahanapin mo?

Although their target shooting date is still in October, the beloved governor of Batangas made sure that she has the blessing of her constituents for her to do a movie. “Kahapon lang sa flag ceremony at sa iba’t ibang bayan na iniikutan ko. Sinabi ko sa kanila na, ‘O, baka naman pwede akong makaraket ng isang pelikula.’ Sabi naman nila, ‘Opo!’ ‘O, alam niyo ha, na kapag medyo may time na wala ako dito...’ ‘Opo!’ Gusto ko lang i-assure sila na lahat ng proyekto at programa well-implemented. Na kapag nag-umpisa ako mag-shoot ng pelikula, imo-monitor mo na lang pero implemented na lahat. So payag naman sila. And I really miss doing films. I miss showbiz. Kung kaya ko lang talaga [mas madalas pa sana]. Kasi a big part of me ay dito nagnggaling sa pelikula at utang na loob ko yun, kung nasaan man ako ngayon, sa industriya ng pelikula.”