Paulo Avelino is currently busy working on two independent films this year. “For TV, I have no projects as of the moment but I have two films coming out for Cinemalaya. One is called Debosyon with Mara Lopez for the New Breed category and the other one for the Director’s Showcase. It’s called Sana Dati and it’s directed by Jerrold Tarog with Lovi Poe. It’s a love story. Parehong love story,” he told Push.com.ph.
The 25-year-old actor shared that he was impressed with his co-star Lovi who was also one of his leading ladies in a recent movie. “I’ve worked with her a lot of times and nagugulat ako lagi sa performance niya. I think she’s a very good actress. I think she’s a very sensitive and giving actress. I think yun yung magic niya kung bakit nag-wo-work lagi yung pagkakasama namin on camera,” he shared.
Paulo also said doing Debosyon presented a different kind of acting challenge for him. “Debosyon is different because it was shot in Bicol. I spoke in Rinconada, an old Bicolano dialect. I know the local language pero hindi siya yung Bicol lang talaga, it’s kind of different. Sa Debosyon kasi we based yung mga characters namin sa buhay talaga sa Bicol and sa Penafrancia festival sa Bicol. We’re done with both films na. Pre-prod na lang ngayon,” he admitted.
Paulo said he also considers it a privilege to work with talented directors Jerrold Tarog and Alvin Yapan on both projects. “Well both directors have won many awards. But I’m always excited to work with them because they always come out with something new. Alvin Yapan is a brilliant writer, he knows what he wants to do and what he wants to see when he directs. Jerrold naman is very technical and masyado siyang mabusisi sa lahat and I think that is Jerrold’s edge,” he shared.
The talented actor also admitted that his fans should watch out for a nice surprise when they catch his film with Mara Lopez. “For Debosyon there’s one scene that stands out pero I can’t really tell eh. Basta it’s something shocking, something never done in Cinemalaya before. Expect it to be something different. It’s not your typical love story. It’s something really magical between two characters and their love for each other,” he said.