As the star of the Philippine remake of the 2009 South Korean blockbuster film More Than Blue, Yassi Pressman said she feels honored to be one of the lead stars along with her leading man JC Santos.
“I was very, very honored and delighted to be part of More Than Blue knowing the success that it has garnered all over Asia. It put a lot of pressure on my shoulders and I feel like for our version, ang Philippine adaptation natin, maraming parts that caters to our culture, that shows the audience who we are and of course that only became possible with the writing of Ms. Mel (Del Rosario) and direk Ruel (Naval). Sila talaga yung nag-guide sa amin and we all had our little versions of how we were going to bring the character in. Pero sila talaga yung bumuo ng pagkatao nila,” she said.
Just like in the original version, More Than Blue is about a terminally ill man who tries to find a suitable partner for his friend whom he secretly has feelings for so she wouldn't be alone when he dies. Yassi shared her thoughts after finding out what the story was all about.
“Honestly, I am just overwhelmed. When I first read the script, I was pressured and then I was also scared. But then more than anything I was excited working with direk Nuel (Naval) and sa totoo lang this project has been on the line for two years. It was just waiting for everybody’s schedule to pull through and make it happen. It makes my heart super happy kasi this is really the lightest, heaviest film I’ve ever done in my life (laughs). Lightest kasi all of these characters are beautiful souls. They’re so willing to live with their free spirits and sometimes the situations that life puts us in, forces us to do things that we don’t want to do and we do it for love. And then dun pumapasok yung sacrifice. So I’m just overwhelmed. Wala talaga akong masabi,” she admitted.
Yassi said that her role as the always optimistic Cream was a joy to do. “I love her so much. She is one of my most favorite characters that I was able to portray. She pushes all of her fears and pain aside all of the time and nakaka-relate din ako sa kanya because of that. Because she always just chooses to be happy. Nung nakita niya si K (JC santos), imbis na namnamin niya yung pain na pinagdadaanan niya in the moment, mas nag-focus siya na pasayahin si K and I just love that about her. And more than anything, yung sarili niyang happiness yung hindi niya masyadong naiisip. Basta okay yung taong mahal niya. and I can relate to her in that fact. And she’s very happy. I love her so much (laughs),” she explained.
Unlike her previous roles, Yassi shared what makes More Than Blue one of her most special projects.
“I don’t think I’ve done a movie na ganito kalalim. Direk Nuel said that this is my most mature role yet and I would agree. Before kasi when it was a rom-com film, it had a lot of touches of lightness and jokes. Here marami ring mga light moments, a lot of beauty in it, a lot of joy. But the depth in which I had dig deep down under to really touch those emotions that I have kept or new emotions na kailangan kong buohin from deep within was just on a whole other level. So I can’t really compare it to anything I’ve done before,” she said.
It’s been 15 years since she started acting and Yassi said she never imagined that the path of her career would continue to surprise her including her role in More Than Blue.
“I feel like everything that happened in my life kind of came at the right time. Siguro I really tried before to be in a position that some opportunities came, but I’m still lucky because I wouldn’t be here without those opportunities and without the people believing in me. Just how this year happened for me when I was a little bit afraid, , unsure, then sila boss Vic (Del Rosario) sabi nila i-try mo ‘to, try mong mag-host ng game show. Sabi ko, ‘Hindi ko kaya. Natatakot ako.’ And for this film sabi nila gawin ko na ‘to and I said okay, I’m surrounded by the right people and I feel like I wouldn’t be anything without them. So I feel really, really lucky rin talaga,” she added.
More Than Blue starring Yassi Pressman, JC Santos, Diego Loyzaga, and Ariella Arida starts streaming on Vivamax on November 19, Friday. Directed by Nuel Naval.