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Director Nuel Naval on working with Yassi Pressman and JC Santos: ‘Grabe yung support nila sa isa’t isa’

‘More than Blue’ director Nuel Naval reveals which lead star impressed him the most when it comes to acting.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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11/21/2021 09:56 AM
Director Nuel Naval on working with Yassi Pressman and JC Santos: ‘Grabe yung support nila sa isa’t isa’
Photo credit: @directfromncn and @j.c.santos Instagram

After directing films like This Time, A Secret Affair, and Miracle in Cell No.7, director Nuel Naval said that he was happy to take on the local remake of 2009 South Korean blockbuster film More Than Blue which originally starred Kwon Sang-woo and Lee Bo-young. The film was also remade in Taiwan in 2018. After working with JC Santos and Yassi Pressman on the project, the talented director shared his experience with the two lead stars. 

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In More Than Blue, the story centers around a man named K (played by JC) who is terminally ill and tries to find a suitable partner for his closest friend Cream (Yassi) whom he secretly has feelings for.


“I’m very happy sa performances nila, silang lahat especially si Yassi and JC. Ang sarap lang kasi nung look test pa lang in-explain ko sa kanila yung mga character kaya kahit look test siya gumawa na kami ng mga eksena. Parang script reading ang nangyari. And then pagdating sa set I was so happy na alam na nila yung characters nila, kumbaga pinag-aralan nila. They’re so professional. Si JC meron pa siyang kodigo pag mahihirap yung eksena. They’re very willing to learn and to listen. Hindi sila madamot pati sa mga ka-eksena nila. Grabe yung support nila sa isa’t isa,” he shared during the More Than Blue mediacon. 

READ: JC Santos on working with Yassi Pressman again in ‘More Than Blue’: ‘She is different now’

When asked whose acting was more impressive on the film, direk Nuel admitted Yassi was a revelation to him.

“I’ve never worked with her. First time ko ’to. Sobra akong impress, sabi ko, ‘Magaling pala itong Yassi Pressman.’ Kasi napapanuod ko lang siya and I think this is her most mature performance. Matured siya but very relaxed at napaka-organic. I’m so proud of them. Between JC and Yassi, kasi si JC matagal ko na naka-work sa MMK tapos sa Miracle in Cell No.7. So parang expected ko na magaling siya. So alam ko na yung ibibigay niya. Nag-cha-chat kami ni JC, I think yung nervousness before the shoot, sabi niya, ‘Nini-nerbiyos ako.’ I think magandang sign yun as an actor kasi ibig sabihin nun hindi siya nag-la-lack sa kanyang craft. So nakikita ko yung excitement niya,” he admitted. 

More Than Blue starring Yassi Pressman, JC Santos, Diego Loyzaga, and Ariella Arida is streaming on Vivamax. Directed by Nuel Naval.