“Hindi niya ako nasampal. Si Megan talagang hinihintay ni Direk Laurice talaga. Ang tagal. Hindi niya ako masampal hanggang sa na ni Direk. And then yun nga tinanong siya, ‘Bakit hindi mo sinampal?’ Hindi niya magawa, yung ganon ba,” Ms. Vilma Santos began. Megan was too intimidated to carry out a scene where she had to slap Ms. Vilma Santos during an acting workshop. It is a scene being played out for the first part of Ate Vi’s TV special A Woman for All Season at ABS-CBN.
Ms. Vilma said that she understand where Megan is coming from. She related her personal experience about feeling inadequate when she did the movie Modelong Tanso with the late Charito Solis in the year 1979. “Ako ang naintimidate noon. Naranasan ko yun noong araw kay Ms. Charito Solis na ngayon parang yun naman ang nangyayari sa akin. So tinuro ko sa kanila na kahit may ka-eksena kayo na senior stars, kapag sinabi ng direktor ni’yo na kailangan niyong sampalin/sigawan sila, wala kayong choice. Gawin ni’yo yun, kahit sabihin niyong senior or respected star man yun, hindi kayo pwedeng magpa-intimidate. Kasi lahat sila kinakabahan lalo na nung pinapasampal ako kay Megan.” she stated.
Ms. Vilma believed that staging a master class for Kapamilya young stars proved to be an effective and extraordinary experience to her. “They’re good. Kaya lang sila nahirapan meron silang ginaya. Ginaya nila yung Broken Marriage at Dolzura Cortez pero kung binigyan mo sila ng sarili nilang eksena I am sure mas mapagbubutihan nila. Kaya lang ito hindi talaga madaling manggaya, but they’re good,” she reiterated.
It is a great and unforgetable experience to both Kapamilya young stars and Ms. Vilma Santos. They will learn much about that experience, specially to the young stars of ABS-CBN. They were lucky because they have that kind of experience specially Megan Young. Even though she didn’t do what Direk Laurice said to slap Ms. Vilma, I think she didn’t do that because she had respect to the senior actress. As a whole, the young stars did very well, and they impress Ms. Vilma Santos.