Maja Salvador felt grateful for the invitation given to “Thelma” to be part of the 31st Hawaii International Film Festival. During the movie’s press conference yesterday, August 24, the actress said the following statement,
“Ipagdasal po natin. Kahit hindi na po para sa akin lang. Kahit po sa film, mapansin lang ang pelikula nating Pilipino. First time po eh. Isa iyan sa mga gusto kong ma-experience po, na dalahin ang pelikula nating Pilipino sa ibang bansa para mapansin po tayo.”
As for the success of her first produced film, the actress is very glad about its outcome. Humbly she said, “Hindi lang naman ako ang producer. Part lang ng talent fee ko ang isinama namin sa paggawa ng movie na ito. Excited ako [kasi] hindi lang ako artista dito. I’m one of the producers din. So, yun po.”
Also during the press conference, Paul Soriano, the director of the movie, shared his excited about the upcoming festival.
“I’ll be there on October. I think we have our world premiere on October 15. I’m excited to meet international producers, international actors and directors and to see the reaction with ‘Thelma’ and how this film will look like as we show it internationally. I’m excited about that,” he said.
When the intrigues connecting the actress and Direct Paul was brought up, Maja defended herself and said,
“Nakakatawa lang dahil every time na may film na ipapalabas, parang kung hindi ka mali-link sa ka loveteam mo… and since wala akong ka-loveteam dito [sa director naman]. Kasi si Jason [Abalos] naman, e, kokonti lang ang mga eksena namin. So, ngayon, sa director naman ako naili-link. Ang masasabi ko lang po, sana, e, puro positive na lang ang isusulat nila dito saThelma. At saka isa pa, e, malaki ang respeto ko kay Toni Gonzaga. At saka di naman ako gumagawa ng pelikula para makipaglandian sa kung kanino mang kasama ko sa pagbuo ng pelikula.”
Meanwhile, the director also issued a statement regarding this matter. “It’s not true. I’ll defend it. I feel bad because Maja feels bad. She doesn’t need that right now. Maja has no fault here. Maja is a great girl. She’s got a positive attitude. She wants to focus on the work, on the film,” he said.
Maja Salvador is presently the “special someone” of Matteo Guidicelli and Director Paul Soriano is in a relationship with Toni Gonzaga for more than a few years.
SOURCES: ABS-CBN and PEP