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Albie Casiño was on cloud nine when he attended the story conference of his very first movie with Star Cinema which will also feature his Mara Clara co-stars Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes. The movie will be directed by Cathy Garcia Molina who helmed last year’s blockbuster hit My Amnesia Girl, which was top-billed by John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga.
Albie, who was a relative unknown prior to being chosen to play one of the leading roles in the top-rating primetime teleserye Mara Clara, said in an interview following the story conference that he was overwhelmed that the success of the teleserye has led him to a movie under Star Cinema. “Sobrang saya ko na napaka-successful ng Mara Clara. Hindi ko talaga inexpect na magiging ganito kalakas ang impact namin sa mga tao. Bago mag-air ‘yung show ang takot ko lang noon na sana hindi ako magmukhang tanga.”
But the 17-year-old actor admitted that thinking about this movie project has given him the jitters. “Takot ako kay Direk Cathy. Baka masyado nang mataas ang expectation ng mga tao sa akin because of Mara Clara. Takot ko na dito sa movie hindi ko ma-meet ‘yung expectation ng marami.”
The movie will also star AJ Perez who will play Julia’s leading man. Albie and AJ have been good friends for some time now. “Super excited ako kasi makakasama ko si AJ, ha ha ha! Magkabarkada kami niyan sa school. Parang two birds with one stone kasi this is my first movie and first time to work with him.”
Speaking of the success of Mara Clara, Albie also shared his thoughts on the online video of a little Filipina girl who cried in front of the TV after watching the character of Mara reportedly die in the teleserye. “Nakakatawa ‘yun, sobra! Ha ha ha! Tawa ako nang tawa nung mapanood ko ‘yung video. Sa taping, lahat kami pinanood namin nang sabay. Nasa likod ako, hindi ko mapigil ‘yung tawa ko. Sabi sa akin, ‘Ssshhh! ‘Wag kang maingay, nanonood kami!’ Grabe ‘yung bata, umiyak talaga nung mamatay si Mara. ‘Yung lola ko umiyak din nung mapanood ‘yung episode. Sana ma-meet namin ‘yung bata.”