After a more than eight-year hiatus from the big screen, Sharon Cuneta said that accepting the role as the distraught and depressed housewife Cora in Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha came at exactly the right time in her life. “It was a stage in my life and career that I wanted to do it. Matagal na rin naman ako nangangarap na magkaroon ng independent film like Ate Guy (Nora Aunor) and Ate Vi (Vilma Santos), yung parang gusto ko ring ma-experience bilang artista lahat ng puwede ko ma-experience sa industriya natin. And people would send me storylines, ganun pero parang ‘Ay napanuod ko na ito’ or ‘Ay nakita ko na ito somewhere.’ Biglang nagpadala ng sulat si direk Mes De Guzman introducing himself and then kasama yung storyline and then introducing his works. Nagustuhan ko agad yung storyline because it was unique because of the irony,” she shared.
Sharon admitted she loved the artistic freedom that was allowed to her in the family dramedy which also stars comedienne Moi Bien. “Dito kasi wala na akong inhibitions sa movie na ito eh. Yung feeling ko dito may lisensya ako maging loka loka ng onti kasi independent. Yan ang masarap sa indie ata, you can do anything you want, you can gamble. So dito lasinggera ako, iisa lang yung suot kong damit sa buong pelikula tapos pag iba yung kulay ng damit ko flashback pala yun (laughs). So yung desperation na ang dilim dilim ng buhay niya tapos ang kasama lang niya sa bahay anak ng dati nilang katulong na loyal kaya lang nagka-diabetes na dating nagsisilbi sa mommy ko na ubod ng kuripot. Sa akin naman napunta si Moi. So naging parang in the end part na siya ng family ko. Wala yung storya kung wala yung importansya ng pamilya kay Cora,” she said.
Another welcome adjustment for the Megastar in the film was her being deglamorized in most of the scenes. “Pinapapanget talaga ako (ni direk) dito. Inutusan niya yung makeup artist ko na walang blower blower or brush brush. Ayaw ni direk. So relax na relax wala akong pressure. Makinis naman ako eh (laughs). Hindi ako nahirapan kasi ang role ko losyang kaya nga I’m so fat. It was freeing. I appreciated the freedom from looking your best all the time, trying your best to look your best all the time,” she shared.
Dispelling the notion that independent films have limited budgets, lead star and producer Sharon said she actually enjoyed her time on the set shooting for almost two weeks. “Dito, surprisingly, even with our budget, masarap yung food namin, alaga kami, masaya kasama yung mga katrabaho namin, everybody’s just so passionate. Yung feeling mo alaga ka, yung laging may nakatapat na electric fan sa yo,” she added.