After announcing her retirement in the second half of next year, director Cathy Garcia-Molina admits that her latest project "My Perfect You" will be the first of her last five films with Star Cinema. She recalls being frank during her first meeting with lead actress and former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach at their story conference.
“Si Pia alam naman niya na nung unang kita ko sa kanya sabi ko, ‘Ay, ang taba mo.’ Tapos sabi ko pa, ‘Hindi masyado maganda si Pia noh?’ Honest lang naman ako. Pia Romero ko pa siya noon kilala tapos maliit na maliit na panahon ko lang siya nakikita sa TV,” she shared.
For the role of bubbly resort owner Abby, direk Cathy wanted to separate Pia’s association with Miss Universe which was accepted by the beauty queen while on set.
“Yung character ni Pia naku tinanggal ko yung Miss Universe. Sabi ko I will never see Miss Universe on my set and in fairness to Pia siyempre Miss Universe yan, pero ni entourage ni Pia wala kang mararamdamang ganun. In fact ako yung nagagalit, ‘Alagaan niyo kaya itong Ms. Universe!’ kasi sugat, sugat na siya, sa mga eksena hindi nagrereklamo,” she revealed.
After shooting, the "My Perfect You" director said she was impressed by Pia’s performance. “I will not call it kakaiba because wala akong pinanggagalingang comparison. Ang gusto ko lang malaman, ‘Marunong ba itong umarte or hindi?’ Sa akin tama na yung kaya. Ay hindi niya kayang umarte, magaling siya. There is one scene na sabi ko, itong eksenang ito hinihingi ko lang ‘to sa magagaling na artista. Meron siyang parang aria, aria dun. Sabi ko sa producers and writers ko kakayanin niya. And true enough, with flying colors. Tapos to top all that mabuti siyang tao,” she said.