In a first time collaboration with Kumu, Star Cinema announced their latest project with director Cathy Garcia-Molina called Love at First Stream. The blockbuster director revealed that this is the first time she is working on a film where all four lead actors are virtual newcomers in the industry.
“The story was made first. It was one random question from one of the bosses ng Kumu. Nag-create ng kuwento and out of that hinananapan kung sino ang bagay for the roles. Nakailang selection din ng pairs. it wasn’t that easy kasi specially dahil na-workshop ko na yung mga bata. So nakita ko yung mga kapasidad nila and I knew all of them were capable. Mas mahirap mamili sa ganun eh. Maraming marunong. Maraming puwede. So mas madami yung naging pamantayan kung bakit napili yung apat. After that, the story was tweaked based on what these four can give and what their strengths are,” she shared.
The first love team to be introduced was Anthony Jennings and Daniela Stranner who were first paired onscreen in the 2020 series Make It With You. In Love at First Stream, Daniela plays a street smart girl named V who ends up meeting a low-key, hardworking guy named Christopher (played by Anthony) through the streaming platform Kumu.
“Sobrang halaga nito sa akin kasi ito yung first big project ko. Tapos inaabangan talaga ito ng pamilya ko, ng mga kamag-anak ko. Excited na excited na sila. Siyempre nagpapasalamat ako kay Inang (Olivia Lamasan), sa tiwala nila sa akin. Sa buong Rise Artists Studio family,” Anthony shared.
Daniela revealed that she and her leading man already had an understanding even before they start shooting the project.
“Nag-usap kami ni Anthony during yung workshop namin and super proud kami sa isa’t isa. Yung love team namin sinasabi kasi ng mga tao para kaming couple talaga pero totoo solid ang friendship namin ni Anthony. And sobrang nakakatuwa kasi ang tagal naming hinintay ni Anthony ito and si direk Cathy pa yung mag-di-direct sa amin. So super saya. Nakaka-pressure nga lang. Pero we’re just going to be us. Magiging totoo lang kami,” she said.
Joining them in the film are former Pinoy Big Brother housemates Rhys Miguel and Kaori Oinuma. Kaori plays a sweet and kind girl named Megumi who is running for Magna Cum Laude while Rhys plays a smart and popular guy named Gino who does everything to make his family proud.
“Nagkausap ni Rhys na magtutulungan kami lagi. Pagdating sa set pag may kailangan ang isa magtutulungan kami. Napag-usapan naman namin yun. Siya dahil sa Tagalog niya and sabi ko tutulungan ko naman siya lagi. Unexpected din kasi yung love team. Nung PBB days naman hindi ko naman nakikitang ganun pero paglabas (laughs),” Kaori said.
Star Cinema wlll release more updates about additional cast announcements and release date of Love at First Stream at a later date.