Dolly de Leon says ‘A Very Good Girl’ is a reminder of one’s ‘personal demons’
Dolly de Leon, who’s set to portray a “perfect mother” in the upcoming film “A Very Good Girl,” said her role as Molly Suzara as well as co-star Kathryn Bernardo’s Philo Angeles reflect women who are learning how to navigate the world.
At the film’s press conference, the Golden Globe nominee revealed that her character is the epitome of someone who “spreads love” in her business while taking care of her personal interests.
“I think this is all about a woman navigating the world trying to do the right thing. But sometimes, life happens. And things that happen don’t agree with her that [urges her] to sometimes make decisions that she’s not happy about,” she said in response to INQUIRER.net’s question.
The actress then noted that it’s something that everyone goes through at some point in their lives, saying that there are moments in life where one is forced to do “not so nice” things to survive.
“Pinagdadaanan natin ‘yun araw-araw. Gusto nating maging mabuting tao. Kaya lang minsan, may mga nangyayari na napipilitan tayong gumawa ng mga bagay na hindi masyadong maganda (We go through this everyday. We want to be good people. But sometimes, there are moments wherein we’re forced to do not-so-nice things). But I believe that’s what everyone can resonate with,” she said. “I think all of us have our own personal demons. All of us are going through some dark things in our lives.”
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While shifting the focus back into the girl power-centered flick, de Leon hopes that “A Very Good Girl” would be a source of “hope and humor” to viewers.
“This film gives us hope and humor to look at ourselves and laugh at ourselves — saying it’s okay to make mistakes. But what now? Anong gagawin natin after (What will we do after)?” she said.
How Dolly defines success
The award-winning actress is arguably one of the most bankable stars today. But despite this, de Leon said that success is “not measured by money, position, or power.”
“I think success is not measured by money or position. It’s not measured by power. Success is measured by one’s own sense of well-being and inner peace. Ang lalim, pero totoo kasi (It’s deep, but it’s true),” she told reporters.
Touching on the film’s central theme of revenge, de Leon also stressed that “success” is the best form of revenge.
“I think the best revenge is success. Just keep doing your own thing and let all the noise happen around you. Just be the best person that you can be and one day, you will reap all the awards and be successful,” she added.
De Leon and Bernardo will be joined by Chie Filomeno, Kaori Oinuma, Jake Ejercito, Gillian Vicencio, Ana Abad Santos, and Angel Aquino in a special appearance.