MARICEL SORIANO AND EUGENE DOMINGO: Stars in Momzillas
From left: Andi Eigenmann, Maricel Soriano, Eugene Domingo and Billy Crawford
I am so excited! My favorite comedienne, the Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, partnered with my idol, Rough Diamond Star Eugene Domingo, in the newest comedy offering movie of Star Cinema entitled "Momzillas."
The movie which will be shown on Wednesday, September 18, in all theaters nationwide is co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films.
From left: Maricel Soriano, Billy Crawford, Andi Eigenmann and Eugene Domingo
Maricel Soriano and Eugene Domingo portrays as mom to their son and daughter–Billy Joe Crawford and Andi Eigenmann.
Maricel ( Clara ) and Eugene ( Minerva ), respectively, are two warring and overprotective mothers to their son and daughter portrayed by Billy Joe Crawford and Andi Eigenmann as Elwood and Rina, respectively.
Though the film isn’t their first time to work together, the ‘Rough’ Diamond Star Eugene Domingo has high regards to her co-star, the Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. “Her talent is already given," quips Eugene. Certainly!
“Pinagtibay na siya ng maraming characters. (She was strengthened by the many characters she portrayed) From leotards, clothes, hairstyle, fashion, even in selling certain roles… may mga pelikula siyang hit na hit, may maligamgam, at may mga di natin namamalayan… kaya siya tinaguriang (some of her movies are hit, some are lukewarm and there are some that we were not aware of... that is why she is called) ‘Diamond Star’ because she is forever, says Eugene.
Also she mentioned that the most essential lesson she learned from working with ‘The Maricel Soriano’ is: “One must not only rely on the script, on what the director’s instructions, and one’s perceptions on the role/s he or she is portraying, but it is to build connection with his or her co-stars.
“That is definitely what makes Maricel an effective actress and makes her won awards.”
According to Eugene Domingo, Maricel’s films are her legacy to the Philippine cinema. Uge, naku agree dyan si Dagay ang classmate ko noon Elementary, super idol niya si Maria. [ Uge (Eugene's nickname), my Elementary classmate Dagay would agree to that. Maria (Maricel's nickname) is her idol.]
Both admitted that doing the film was challenging and fun at the same time. In this project, Direk (Director) Wenn Deramas cast them away in an island for them to deal with themselves and together conquer their respective fears.
Even if every project, like this film, Maricel treats it as work, but while working with her other co-stars, particularly Eugene, she only has positive things to say. She said, “Paano mo ba naman masasabing mahirap mag-trabaho kung ang mga kaeksena mo, puro masaya? Magaan ang naging trabaho namin.” (How could you say its hard to do the movie if your co-stars are all fun to work with? So, our work became easy.)
Eugene considered the filming of ‘Mozillas’ fun and they treated it like a workshop and a thesis.
“Para itong naging workshop. Parang thesis. Iba-ibang emosyon ang kailangan naming ramdamin, ire-recreate." (This became like a workshop. Like a thesis. There are may different emotions that we need to feel and re-create.)
“Maricel and I have collaborated to hit the right timing and meet that comedic flavor. Direk Wenn is a genius. Definite na definite ang gusto ni Direk Wenns. Kung di kami guided ni Direk, baka kalat-kalat kami. Kaya it's a blessing. This movie is a blessing to all of us” (He is very definite. If we were not guided by our Director, maybe we are a mess by now. That is why I consider this movie a blessing for all of us) said Eugene.
Playing as a mother is reflective of her fears, which are but normal for any mother like her in real-life. She said “Kids nowadays party so late. Parties usually start at 12 midnight and end up around 4 or 5 in the morning and they go home the latest at 6. It’s the safety of my two kids that I fear the most.” quips Maricel. Andi Eigenmann also shared the lesson from her character in the movie.
‘Momzillas’ is part of Star Cinema’s year-long celebration in connection for its 20th anniversary in bringing quality productions for Filipino moviegoers.
Joey Paras, Candy Pangilinan, Atak, Paul Jake Castillo, Mel Martinez, Luz Valdez, Eagle Riggs, and Divina Valencia are also part of the cast.