Cherie Gil, nakakasabay sa ego trip ni Mike de Leon

AWARD-winning actress Cherie Gil is quite elated to be part of Mike de Leon’s return to film via “Citizen Jake”.

The only filmmaker with a master’s degree in Art History at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, De Leon is the veteran director behind classics like Batch ’81, Itim, Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising, Kisapmata, Sister Stella L. and Bayaning Third World.

“OMG. I was just waiting for the moment that he would be resurrected and finally be directing again,” she gushed.

Their last collaboration was the pioneering video production, “Bilanggo sa Dilim,” in 1986.

Decades ago, Cherie was supposed to do a movie anew with Direk Mike but it did not materialize.

“Maybe, he decided to change his mind. I don’t know. He’s entitled to create a new film naman,” she said.

With Mike’s renewed interest in doing films, Cherie is very ecstatic to be part of the cast.

“It’s very seldom that he makes films and I feel so honored to be part of his comeback. He guided me every step of the way,” she pointed out.

In the movie, she essays the role of a high-class madam who procures luscious companions for filthy rich clients.

“I play the leader of an escort service, something that I haven’t done before,” she said.

It is also her first time to work with journalist turned actor Atom Araullo.

“Well, he was playing himself. I guess, it’s perfect. It’s no acting piece sa pag-arte,” she remarked.

By her standards, she said Atom (in his first starring role) did it with flying colors.

“I enjoyed working with him. I trust Mike de Leon’s choices. At the end of the day, Mike de Leon is the director and he’ll make sure to execute what he wants to do.

It’s also in his editing kasi siya mismo ang nag-eedit,” she recounted.

As a bratty filmmaker, known for varied experiments in styles of film directing, she said that she’s gotten used to Mike.

“Oo naman, kabisado ko na siya. He’s such a genius. We worked together in “Bilanggo sa Dilim”. He was younger then as much as I was younger then. Kami naman ni Mike, we have a connection. Ilagay na natin na pareho kami ng astrological signs, kaya naiiintindihan ko siya. At the end of the day, it’s his work that matters,” she said.

She has also learned to adjust to Mike’s reclusive and sometimes moody ways as an artist.

“Adjust-adjust lang. Sinasabayan din naman niya ako. I guess, pareho kaming crazy in a way,” she exclaimed.

Aside from “Citizen Jake”, Cherie has her passion project.

“I’m doing a movie with Loy Arcenas. It’s Mirador, I think , entry sana siya s Cinemalaya pero hindi natuloy. I’m glad na na-cast ako although I didn’t know kung sino iyong naunang inalok. I ‘m looking forward to this role. I play Celine she’s not even a protagonist nor an antagonist. She comes home to her hometown to say goodbye to the past. Ang ganda ng role. It’s going to be an entry to the ABS International Filmfest and to exhibited for a Fil-am community in San Francisco in California,” she said.

She admitted also that she misses theater and would love to do another one.

“I’m just looking for the material. Marami akong gustong gawin but it’s also the time. Sometimes, it’s also the moment’s inspiration, and so the time when it hits you and na-inspire ka to do it,” she concluded.

Cherie’s last theater outings were PETA’s “ Arbol de Fuego” and “Full Gallop” about the life and times of fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland produced by Actors Actors, Inc. and her own My Own Mann Productions.

Cherie is part of the weekly fantaserye, “Sirkus” aired on GMA-7.

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