Alex talks about red flags, silver linings in relationships
Alex Medina has already stepped out of his dad Pen Medina’s shadow. He makes a dent in all his films. The ruggedly handsome actor is in his element once again in TBA Studios’ “Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon.” His costars, Nicco Manalo, Anna Luna and Emmanuelle Vera, turn in superb portrayals, as well.
We, at the Cinema Evaluation Board, gave the hip movie a grade of A. Brace yourself for a roller-coaster of emotions. It’s about ex-lovers seeking closure and finding someone, yet losing oneself in the process.
More meaty than cheesy
The film reminds us that some people leave without saying goodbye, and there are those who say goodbye without leaving.
For a change, here’s a love story that’s more meaty than cheesy.
Here’s my chat with Alex:
What did your movie make you realize about love and relationships? That we can all make choices and sacrifices. And regardless of your decision to stay or go, it will always have its ups and downs, positives and negatives. It’s up to that person to make those choices and sacrifices.
In what ways can you relate to your character, Frank? Just like Frank, I have a tendency to dive into things head first without thinking of the consequences.
How would you handle it if your girlfriend is still chummy with her ex-boyfriend? It’s basic respect for each other, and if my current girlfriend is being chummy with her ex, that’s a big red flag for me.
What’s your fave scene in the movie? The noche buena scene. No words were uttered, but you’ll have to watch it to understand it.
Would you take an ex back? I’d know for sure if the second time, we can make it work. Sure, why not? Rarely is love built in a day, but I still believe that you can make things work, and there will always be a silver lining, eventually.
How do you break up with a girl? We talk it over maturely and cordially, and weigh the pros and cons of our relationship.
What piece of advice from your dad is hardest to follow? I grew up in an environment where you live it, you learn it. He didn’t force anything on me. It was a very free-spirited environment when it comes to making choices.
What’s the best and toughest part of being the son of Pen Medina? I’m thankful I get to do what I do, in part because he is my dad, so there’s that association. The best part is that it becomes easier for me to get acting work. Hardest is trying to prove myself outside of acting.
There are still many things I want to pursue and I’ll always be associated with being an “artista,” but not as any other kind of an artist. But at 33, I’m still discovering things about myself, so I also thank my dad for being an influence artistically.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.