Alden Richards sheds 20 pounds for ‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’
MANILA, Philippines — Alden Richards proves his dedication as an actor after losing at least 20 pounds for his anticipated film with Kathryn Bernardo “Hello, Love, Goodbye.”
The GMA actor revealed Tuesday how director Cathy Garcia-Molina confronted him about his weight prior to shooting the film in Hong Kong.
“During the look test, we did a couple of looks, kami po ni Kath. Nakikita ko na po kay direk parang may hinahanap. Parang naghahanap po ng panga,” Richards shared during the movie’s press conference.
“Nagte-take na po kami ng mga test shots. Parang di na po yata napigilan ni direk. Sabi niya: ‘Alden, halika tignan mo ang taba mo,’” he added, laughing.
Instead of being disheartened by the comment, Richards said it became his motivation to lose some weight.
“After the look test, one month pa po yata yun na preparation bago tayo nag Hong Kong. Sabi ko ‘Direk, kapag nakita niyo po ako, hindi na po ganyan ang itsura ko,’” Richards said.
“Mas mataba na po,” he quipped.
Richards certainly did not disappoint Molina.
“And he kept his word,” she said.
The 27-year-old actor said he lost “around 20 to 25 pounds in a month and a half” and was proud to share he did this without the help of anyone.
“Sarili ko pong program. I never asked for any help. I just did my own workouts, did my own diet. So kaya ko pala siya mag-isa,” he said.
Thanks to this project, Richards said he was able to know himself more and learn more about commitment in one’s work.
“Marami po akong nadiscover sa sarili ko with this movie. And I’m so happy I was able to work with these people and director,” he said.
“Binago po ni direk the way I see work now. Hindi pwedeng half-baked a commitment. Kailangan pag may ginagawa ka, buhos mo lahat,” he added.
“Hello, Love, Goodbye,” which features Richards and Bernardo in their first team-up, will premiere in cinemas on July 31, 2019.
(Editor: Alexander T. Magno)
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