During a special screening of the CineFilipino film festival entry Straight to the Heart, almost the entire cast was present including Gabby Concepcion’s daughter Garie Concepcion who makes her big screen debut in the comedy film. "I’m very, very excited and at the same time kinakabahan. Kahit na it’s a supporting role I feel very privileged and happy that I’m part of this film. In the movie, I play the role of Mikay the girlfriend of Gwen Zamora’s character. Okay naman katrabaho si Gwen eh so it wasn’t hard. Siyempre I’m very straight so I had to study on how to act like that. I have friends so I had to study the character talaga,” she told Push.com.ph during the Straight to the Heart screening held last March 17 at the Gateway mall cinema in Quezon city.
During the screening, Garie was accompanied by her mom Grace Ibuna, whom Garie said is her biggest fan. "I am nervous. I told my mom, ‘Mom, please forgive me, it’s my first movie. Kung may comment ka, keep it to yourself but tell me after (laughs).’ Critic ko yan si Mommy eh. When I told my family I was doing this, they we’re okay naman. They know it’s a role. They’re very supportive especially my mom,” she shared. Even Garie’s sister KC was positive about her first ever role. "Wala naman (resistance). She told me, ‘Sige, go for it. Do it,’” she added.
The Straight to the Heart actress said she enjoyed being part of David Fabros’s directorial debut. "Naku napaka-tiyaga ni direk at saka he never fails to guide us and perfectionist si direk eh, gusto niya on point,” she admitted.
Garie said she looks up to veteran actresses Amy Austria and Cherie Gil. "Actually gusto ko sana yung next role ko is kontrabida na. Kaya si Ms. Cherie Gil favorite actress ko. I actually do want to do roles that are very far from who I am kaya nung in-offer sa akin ito ni direk sabi ko, ‘Sige let’s do it,’” she explained.
Playing a lesbian onscreen was not easy according to Garie. She really did her legwork even before shooting begun. "Acting-wise siyempre I attended workshops, I went to school and then yung character study. Talagang nakipag-usap ako sa mga friends ko na kung paano ba maging isang girlfriend. Actually yung kinausap ko yung mga girlfriend nila bilang yun yung character ko sa movie. I think there’s still more to learn but sana naman mabigyan ko ng justice yung character,” she said.
Not being new to the issues in showbiz, Garie said she is ready to face any intrigue now that she is following in her father’s career path. "Yes let’s do it. Ako lang naman no limitation for myself except nudity. I really can’t do that like frontal or sa likod. But any roles that would offered to me, basta maganda yung story, maganda yung script okay ako, game ako diyan,” she said.
Straight to the Heart also stars Gwen Zamora, Carlo Guevarra, Nico Antonio, Kiko Matos, Ricci Chan, and Vince de Jesus. The CineFilipino film festival runs from March 16 to 22 in select cinemas in Metro Manila.