Marco Gallo, Aubrey Caraan take on their most challenging roles yet

Director Darryl Yap did not hesitate to reveal that his new movie — “Ang Manananggal Na Nahahati Ang Puso” — was originally intended for Viva’s erstwhile top love team, James Reid and Nadine Lustre, or JaDine. Nevertheless, he was confident to introduce the fresh pair of actors that stepped into the roles, namely newcomers Marco Gallo and Aubrey Caraan, and guaranteed their acting could rival, if not exceed, what JaDine could have given the project.

Ang Manananggal Na Nahahati Ang Puso begins streaming today on Vivmax. Its story revolves around a college student named Giuseppe (Gallo), who goes to a small barrio for thesis research on the mythical Filipino creature, aswang. While there, he meets the eccentric barrio girl Giniper (Caraan), who offers to help Giuseppe with his research.

With Giniper’s help, Giuseppe will learn more than the mythical creatures of the barrio, but he is also in for enchanting encounters with the small-town folk.

This movie was among the first two films Yap had with him when he first signed up with Viva Communications. Following the success of his first directorial job, “Jowable” in 2019, this supposed JaDine-starrer was meant to be next on his list.

“As an audience [before becoming a director], I always had this fixation with the biggest stars. So if you’re going to ask me when it comes to acting and delivery, Nadine is very sincere, and James is very raw. But if you give Aubrey and Marco a chance today, napakagaling po nila sa pelikula,” Yap guaranteed in a virtual interview.

Certain many people will always think of Gallo — a former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate — and Caraan — a former Pop Girls member—as second choices or substitutes for the movie, Yap maintains he has the perfect leads for the project.

“Dahil nga ang dalawang ito ay matagal nang nauuhaw sa atensyon at pagkakataon na maipakita kung ano talaga sila bilang artista, unang pa lang, drone shot pa lang, ay binigay na nila lahat.”

He continued, “I did question why this was originally made [for JaDine], yun pala nakatadhana ang pelikula para sa dalawang ito. Napaka husay nina Aubrey and Marco dito.”

Gallo and Caraan, who were present at the Zoom interview were rendered speechless by the director. For not only did Viva’s director du jour vouch for their acting, but he likewise gave his all in guiding them through this valuable opportunity.

“Super thankful to direk dahil sobrang patient niya po sa akin. May mga ekesena na nahirapan ako but inalalayan niya po ako sa bawat isa,” Caraan attested.

“I started to like my job better when I started working with Direk. I was always seen before from a kilig perspective [but] I wanted to expand on my craft, and with this movie, I had the chance to give much more depth to my character,” Gallo said.

Finally, to put any remaining doubts on the pair’s performance to rest, Yap ended the interview with a solid and categorical statement.

“This could have been a very beautiful movie with Nadine and James, but I think landing Aubrey and Marco, the movie is more than beautiful today. The movie is truthful and it’s truly an experience of artistry.”

Joining Gallo and Caraan in the movie are Beks Batallion’s Chad Kinis, Lassy Marquez and MC Calaquian, Teresa Loyzaga, Gina Pareño and Johnny Revilla.

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