EXCLUSIVE: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid Returns To The Big Screen In "Yours Truly, Shirley"
Metro.Style got to talk to Asia's Songbird about her first Cinema One Originals film, what she's most excited for her fans to see in this film, and more
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is unstoppable. Just a few weeks after her concert with Sharon Cuneta, the release of her newest single, and the premiere of Unforgettable, in which she appears briefly, comes Yours Truly, Shirley, a Cinema One Originals film directed by Nigel Santos.
“I just wanted to test out the waters and I wanted to try it out again. I haven’t done a movie in a while,” she tells Metro.Style. It has been quite a while—moviegoers last saw her as Bernadette in Bb. Joyce Bernal’s Of All The Things opposite Aga Muhlach six years ago.
It was a whirlwind experience, almost, as they shot the film in two weeks: after the producers presented their idea for a film, Regine liked it, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Yours Truly, Shirley tells the story of a widow who believes that a young pop star is the reincarnation of her departed husband. Comedic moments—as well as heartbreaking ones—naturally ensue.
This November, as her fans and film enthusiasts gear up to watch the entries at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival, Regine’s hope is simple. “I’m just happy that I got to do this film,” she says. “I also enjoyed working with everyone. I hope that the audience will also enjoy kasi sina Direk Nigel, they just want to entertain people. That’s the one thing they want. They want to do a really nice comedy film. They want people to get entertained, they want for them to laugh, and hopefully we were able to achieve that.”
In terms of preparing for her role, Regine shares that she didn’t have to do much—and she often doesn’t. “I just dove into it. Normally ganu'n naman talaga ako kapag gumagawa ng pelikula. The more I prepare, the more I get stressed out,” she laughs, “So it's better for me to just do it.”
When asked what she loves most about her character, Regine smiles: “Although she has a sad life and she is sad, she’s still able to find a way to enjoy life. Kasi meron siyang light side kasi mahilig siyang magbiro, so I like that she’s like that."
“But at the same time,” Regine continues, “You kind of feel bad for her as well because she hasn’t gotten over the loss of her her husband. So meron din siyang side na ganu'n.”
Watch the trailer of Yours Truly, Shirley below: