The love team known among fans as JaDine (short for James and Nadine) is back in the light, feel good summer movie produced by their mother studio for Viva Films. The film is called This Time and it opens in theaters nationwide on May 4.
In the last shooting day for the film, James Reid recounted how he and love-teammate Nadine Lustre have been very excited to go back to starring in a movie after working for months for the nightly series On The Wings of Love on ABS-CBN.
According to the two, they missed acting for a movie. This Time, compared to Diary ng Panget, Talk Back and You’re Dead, and Hopeless Romantic, even OTWOL, is very light.
The movie, directed by Nuel Naval from a screenplay by Mel del Rosario is about Cocoy (James), a granddaddy’s boy, and his close friend of Ava (Nadine). The two only meet during summer.
Del Rosario said that film shows how the central characters hold on to their relationship even if they are miles away from each other.
James says, “I guess this movie, it’s more focused on the love, the relationship. It goes deeper into relationships like long distance relationship. I can’t say it’s more mature ’coz its very light. So easy to watch. Kissing scenes? Let’s see. We can’t beat ‘OTWOL.’”
Nadine agrees with James, “Well, this time, super light po siya, as in. Ang na-experience ko po rito, lahat ng eksena, well, coming from ‘OTWOL’ din kasi, so, parang from Diary… to Talk Back… and Hopeless…, ang intensity pataas po siya nang pataas. Dito, hindi. Kasi nga po summer movie siya, so, parang gusto po natin na sobrang light lang siya and GP lang.”
JaDine was in Saga, Japan for five days. Important scenes for the movie were shot there. While working, the two enjoyed the sights as well. Nadine confessed that it was her first time to see the famous Japanesy cherry blossoms,
“I was very happy for Nadine. It’s her first time to see cherry blossoms. It’s my second time. It’s been her dream since she was a kid, so, I was very happy for her,” James recalls.
Apart from the cherry blossoms experience, the two were featured in show on a news channel.
James says, “We went to eat right after the interview and it was airing on TV and then I looked and I go like ‘wait, are we in the Philippines?’ We were really surprised.”
The two says they have not discovered anything new about each other. They say they are very comfortable as screen partners (even in real life since they have admitted that they are now a couple).
If there’s something Nadine discovered about James, “Marunong pala siyang magplantsa!”
The two are not affected by what the media have been calling rivalry among love teams. James says the business needs healthy competition. “It’s definitely a necessity,” he adds.
JaDine says they are lucky they have loyal and amazing fans that have propelled them to be the no.1 love team in the entertainment industry.
“Well, I guess we have the fans to thank for that. When they say we’re number one ’coz we have a lot of projects right now, very successful TV show, everything’s going really well, it doesn’t mean we’re better. We just have amazing fans,” James says.
JaDine followers are very supportive, in fact even before This Time opens nationwide on May 4, there are several block screenings scheduled across the country. The film premieres on May 3.
JaDine will be in the US and Canada for JaDine Love Concert on May 12. They will be away for a month.
James will celebrate his birthday on May 11. There are no definite plans on how he will spend the special day and Nadine has not bought her gift for her boyfriend.
“Wala naman po kasi siyang gusto,” Nadine says evasively.
With JaDine in This Time are Al Tantay, Freddie Webb, Nova Villa, Ronnie Lazaro, Candy Pangilinan and Viva artists Yam Concepcion, Donnalyn Bartolome, Issa Pressman at Bret Jackson.