Sharon is ‘Revirginized’ in Viva Films comeback

STAR CIRCUIT - Ricky L. Calderon (The Freeman) - March 5, 2021 - 12:00am

Megastar Sharon Cuneta makes her Viva Films comeback via “Revirginized,” directed by the controversial Darryl Yap (Jowable, Paglaki Ko Gusto Kong Maging Pornstar, Tililing). Sharon allayed the fears of Sharonians who are not too happy that their idol chose the film, defending the script for being good, otherwise, she would not have accepted it.

She also has no problem being directed by someone new. “Crying Ladies” was the debut film of Mark Meily, who also wrote the script. Ever since Sharon did her first film, “Dear Heart” (written and directed by Danny Zialcita), she always considered the director as the captain of the ship. “I am very respectful to my directors,” she said.

What is important is that the director knows what he is doing. Sharon has never been a diva on set and castmates can attest to that. She is open to making suggestions if that will help improve the scene. She has seen Direk Darryl’s movie “Pornstar” and believes her director knows his stuff.

“In our Zoom meeting, I already expressed excitement in doing the film. I’d like to be on a happy set and I believe we have one.”

Sharon said she liked the story of “Revirginized” when Direk Darryl pitched it to her but she admits to being a bit nervous. She likes her director’s ideas despite him being a newbie. “I have done 60 movies so maybe I’m entitled to have the license to experiment in doing something different. But I would like to assure my Sharonians they will like the film although the title has a jarring effect.”

The Megastar said her director is willing to compromise. Sharon said she doesn’t want to do something that will alienate her fans. She can make suggestions with the dialogue. Even with the behavior of her character, Sharon says it must not be something without proper preparation or explanation.

“I play Carmela. At 16 years old, nagkaroon siya ng baby. So naging ina agad siya, hindi naranasang magdalaga. Manang na manang siya. But she meets a new friend who takes her to a beach party and makes her experience everything she has not experienced before,” she shared.

“I can relate with her kasi I also got married at 18 and ang world ko noon was just shooting and doing my TV show. I was robbed of my privacy and anonymity, but I don’t regret it.”

How does Direk Darryl feel working with the Megastar? “Up to now, I still can’t believe that I am texting her and I am working with her,” said the director. “I am still her fan. At first, I was really nervous but when I met her, she’s very supportive. Her warmth is very empowering. She knows my work and she is willing to work with my formula. Iba naman itong gagawin niya from the usual. It’s out of the box, but straight from the heart.”

Her fans are glad that their idol is looking good since Sharon has lost a lot of weight. She started her weight loss regimen in January 2016 but it is only now that the result is very eminent. She joked that she can now do her dream role of going sexy.

At 55, Sharon hopes she can inspire other women to be healthy. She hopes to see her grandchildren and run around with them. She is doing this for health reasons and not just to look good onscreen.

The actress-singer hopes to do more movies, even love stories like Meryl Streep’s “It’s Complicated.” Love stories should not be exclusive to young women but even to ladies in their 50s or 60s, she added.

If and when she slows down in doing movies, Sharon hopes to go into film production, but she’d like study its intricacies. She will probably do one movie a year -- one that she can be proud of.

Also in the cast of “Revirginized” are Rosanna Roces, Albert Martinez, Cristina Gonzales and Marco Gumabao who will be Sharon’s younger leading man.


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