Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos didn’t mince her words when she admitted that she got hurt by the criticisms thrown at her Everything About Her co-star Xian Lim.
The Batangas governor, during the recent grand press conference of her comeback film together with Xian and Angel Locsin, has nothing but good words for the Filipino-Chinese actor.
These statements come right on the heels of the movie’s director, Bb. Joyce Bernal’s response to those questioning why Xian was casted on the film in the first place.
“Si Xian noong una kong makita naninibago rin ako sa kanya in a way kasi ‘di ba sinabi ni Gel kanina na mahilig ako sa TV, magbasa ng tabloids, nababasa ko ‘yung mga write ups niyo. Tapos may dala pa akong telebisyon. Nasasaktan ako nung may naririnig akong negative kay Xian,” she started when asked to relate how her experience was working with Xian for the first time.
In fact, Vilma shared that she has tried to gauge Xian as early as their movie’s initial story conference months ago, “because hindi ko rin alam kung anong approach ang gagawin ko kay Xian.”
What was her first impression of Xian?
“Unang-unang basa ko sa kanya, story conference pa lang, he’s such an educated person,” she said.
When the cameras started rolling for their movie, Gov. Vilma shared that she also took time to observe Xian “kasi magaka-eksena kami.”
“May mga negative na write-up tungkol sa kanya na ‘Bakit si Xian?’ ‘Si Xian ganyan, si Xian ganon’ at ‘Bakit ‘yan nakasama sa movie.’ My God, kapag napanood niyo ito ipagmamalaki niyo si Xian Lim,” she blurted.
Xian, as part of the “new breed” of stars, according to Vilma is one who really does his homework.
“Seryoso siya sa ginagawa niya. Pinag-aaralan niya. Even the time na magka-eksena kaming dalawa, hindi kami magkikibuan, I could see and I could feel him na he’s very serious na hindi kami mag-uusap,” she related.
While many remain unimpressed by his acting prowess, Vilma told Xian, “Don’t worry sa ganyan. Dumaan rin kami sa stage na ganito na kahit na anong gawin namin hindi kami tinuturing na magaling na artista. Pero darating ang time, sa klase ng seryoso na nakita ko sayo sa trabaho, sa pinakita mo dito sa Everything About Her believe me meron kang pupuntahan. Keep up the good work.”
In parting, she said, “I think sa pelikulang ito, maipagmamalaki namin si Xian.”
Everything About Her premieres in theaters this January 27.