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Sharon stars in her first horror flick

Sharon Cuneta is ecstatic about Kuwaresma, her latest potboiler under Reality Entertainment which is her first venture into the horror genre.

In her four decades in the ‘biz, it’s only now that the Megastar is doing this kind of project. Over the years, viewers are used to seeing her in dramas, musicals, comedies, and action. 

“If my memory serves me right, I’ve already done something like 56 or 57 movies but this is the first time that I’m top-billing a scream flick,” says the Megastar. 

So, what’s the feeling?

Sharon stars in her first horror flick
Sharon Cuneta with (from left) showbiz newbie Ken Gonzales, John Arcilla, and director Erik Matti

“It’s simply unforgettable. I tell you, doing Kuwaresma is one of the most physically, mentally and emotionally draining experiences I’ve ever had from the films I’ve made.”

In spite of these rigid demands, Sharon states that it was one great working experience for her. It was a happy set for her. 

“Our director, Erik Matti is such a happy kin. Apart from that, I got very impressed as well with how Reality Entertainment works. Their staff is tops! They’re so efficient and their crew is wonderful. They’re orderly, like an army,” she shares.

“In fact, I told Kuya Dondon (Monteverde, the film outfit’s top honcho) that I felt honored and privileged to work for his team. I’m very grateful because they’ve shown me so much respect, the project is great and the shooting experience is very pleasant. As I’ve mentioned earlier, it’s really one unforgettable experience,” she adds.

Interestingly, the showbiz A-Lister states that numerous horror projects were pitched in to her in the past but with Kuwaresma, she accepted the offer right away after it was formally presented to her.

“I remember before that many film outfits would pitch in horror vehicles to me. I’ve nothing against them but it’s just that I felt there’s nothing new in the material. You have the feeling that you’ve seen it in other popular horror flicks before like The Others or the Bangkok horror trilogy,” she reveals.

The Megastar was personally looking for fresh stuff, because unknown to some, she is an avid fan of horror vehicles even as a child. She was always fascinated by watching  the spiritual warfare where the good conquers the bad in the end. 

Sharon also reveals that it was one of the deciding factors why she committed to the project. 

“That’s what I requested to Direk Erik regarding the plot of Kuwaresma. Being a Christian, I want that the good will triumph in the end. The first time that we discussed, I already laid my card on the table, so to speak. That was my only request and fortunately, it’s what’s written in the script so it’s simply perfect,” she beams.

Working with Direk Erik and John Arcilla for the first time is truly unforgettable for Mega.

“I only have good words for them. They might not know it, but in the course of our one-month shooting, they became my teachers. I’ve learned a lot from them. It’s really good for someone like me who never stops learning in making my craft better,” ends Sharon. 

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According to Edward Barber, it’s true that there are people in the ‘biz who convinced him to enter a relationship with perennial screen partner Maymay Entrata to further boost his career but he opts not to be persuaded.

“If there’s one great lesson I learned from ‘Bahay ni Kuya’ is to take things slow. Don’t rush into things or you might just regret it. We all know how crazy show business is, right? Try to discover things as you go along. It’s better to take things one step at a time.

“I don’t want to think too much. There are lots who say that Maymay and I are a love team so we should have a relationship to tickle the fancy of the fans. For me, it’s not like that. I believe that the best things in the world or the best things that you should love, are those that you gain slowly,” he says.

For the appealing lad, friendship is the core of any relationship.

“Everything starts from there. I guess you need not be very experienced to know this fact. Based on what I see in and outside the industry, it’s better to start as friends. That’s when you know people directly.” 

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