Toni proud of being part of Star Cinema

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MANILA -– Toni Gonzaga admitted she only fully understood what it means to be an actress after Star Cinema, the film production outfit of ABS-CBN, gave her first starring role in a movie.

 

Gonzaga admitted that she was naïve when she was just starting out.

“I just transferred [to ABS-CBN] that year -- 2005 -- so ang laki ng expectations. Hindi ko pa talaga siya naiintindihan. Nung unang pelikula ko with direk Joyce (Bernal), I just go the set, nagshu-shooting lang kami. Hindi ko talaga naiintindihan,” she said.

Gonzaga added: “Hindi ko alam na kailangan pala ang isang artista, importanteng may pelikula siya at pinapanood. Akala ko gagawa ka lang.”

The host-actress was referring to the movie "D Anothers," starring comedian Vhong Navarro.

“Nagkaroon ng victory (party), tapos sabi nila Vhong nag P100 million yung ‘D Anothers.’ Hindi ko pa naiintindihan. Akala ko normal iyon sa Star Cinema na lahat ng movies P100 million,” she said.

Gonzaga said being part of the Star Cinema family humbles her, especially when big projects are entrusted to her.

“Isang malaking karangalan talaga maging part ng Star Cinema kasi 'yung alaga, 'yung pagmamahal, 'yung tiwala nakaka-humble talaga. It makes you more grateful kapag nabibigyan ka ng proyekto sa Star Cinema,” she said.

She also lauded the movies Star Cinema has produced.

“Yung mga pelikula ng Star Cinema for almost 20 years now, bihira lang 'yung fantasy. It’s more on sa mga real-life drama and stories na sumasalamin sa buhay ng pamilya ng bawat Pilipino. Malaki po ang nabago sa buhay ko simula noong naging bahagi ako ng Star Cinema,” she said.

This year, the film outfit is celebrating its 20th anniversary and to kick off the year-long celebration, the Cathy Garcia-Molina-directed film "Four Sisters and a Wedding" was released nationwide on June 26.

The movie stars Gonzaga, Angel Locsin, Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao and Enchong Dee.