Ella won the said award after starring in a coming-of-age movie, Edward, directed by up and coming director Thop Nazareno.
In the film, she gave life to Agnes, the streetsmart love interest of Edward, the lead character portrayed by young actor Louise Abuel, who is taking care of his ailing father at a public hospital.
During the Edward press conference held yesterday at the Viva Films headquarters, Ella was still in disbelief about this new achievement in her acting career.
When asked if she knew she was going to win an award, the artist was quick to say: “Wala po, wala po talaga...”
“Siguro sa mga pelikulang nagawa ko na, ito ‘yong pinaka-least na shoot lang. S’yempre doon sa marami (shooting), pagod na pagod ka talaga, dito kasi konti lang so parang hapyaw lang ‘yong nakuha ko ditong screen time.”
Despite having limited screen time, the actress didn’t regret to be part of the film because she believes that it boasts a beautiful story.
“Pero ang mahalaga, minahal ako ni Edward dito,” she said smiling. “And ang ganda ng pelikula, noong binabasa ko pa lang siya, ‘yong ending doon ako napa-oo, sa ending talaga. Parang ‘oh my gosh kailangan ko talagang gawin ito, dahil sa ending’. Binabasa ko pa lang naiiyak na ako.”
She then revealed that winning an award in this year’s Cinemalaya was the last thing on her mind. And also shared that she was driven to do the film because she loves acting.
“Pero noong ginagawa ko ‘yong pelikula, never po sumagi sa isip ko even small recognition na mapapangaralan po ako, never po talaga. Sa akin naman basta ginagawa ko lang ito kasi mahal ko ang umarte.”
“Gusto ko gumawa ng magagandang pelikula na hindi lang basta-basta may magawa, pero dahil maganda yung pelikula,” she stressed.
Edward, which also stars Dido Dela Paz, Elijah Canlas, and Manuel Chua, will grace the silver screen nationwide starting October 2.
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