Nadine Lustre on amusing headline, ‘darker’ projects

Nadine Lustre wants to do ‘darker’ projects

/ 05:54 PM February 13, 2024

Nadine Lustre during a press conference for "Roadkillers." Image: Instagram/@vivaartistsagency

Nadine Lustre during a press conference for “Roadkillers.” Image: Instagram/@vivaartistsagency

Nadine Lustre drew laughs when she looked back at a report that amused her in the past, as she spoke about wanting to do “darker and grittier projects” in this stage of her career.

“I’m at a point [in my acting career] where I want to explore different genres. I want to take on more challenging roles,” she told reporters at a press conference for her series “Roadkillers.”


“Nakakatawa kasi may nabasa po akong headline, ‘Nadine ayaw na mag-loveteam, gusto maging psychopath,’” she recalled which made everyone in the room laugh. (It makes me laugh because I remembered coming across a headline saying, “Nadine no longer open to love teams, opts to be a psychopath instead.”)


“Roadkillers” tells the story of Stacey Sunico (Nadine Lustre) who kills a patient in a desperate attempt to save her father battling with COVID-19. It was eventually revealed that she was coerced into a life of crime and murder — as well as her late father turning out to be a henchman for a corrupt being in power.

“I want to do [darker] and grittier projects, I guess. It’s just because my previous projects were mostly romcoms and dramas,” she said. “That’s what I’ve always been saying because it is very interesting, you know. Like doing the role of a psychopath or a killer or someone deranged. Or trying to figure out how this person’s mind works.”

Among Lustre’s past projects include “Diary ng Panget: The Movie,” “Talk Back and You’re Dead,” “On The Wings of Love,” and “Till I Met You,” which follow the genres she was referring to.

The actress-singer then shared that she’s fond of the action genre, so the mere act of rehearsing stunts, firing weapons, and channeling her inner action star made her feel fulfilled.

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Father and daughter dynamic

Lustre also touched on Stacey’s dynamic with her father Renato (Bodjie Pascua), which reminded her of her relationship with her father Ulysses in real life.


“[Bodjie Pascua] reminds me of my Dad with everything,” she said while sharing that she was a daddy’s girl while growing up. “My dad is a mechanic by profession. I also grew up as a daddy’s girl, so I love tinkering with things… even those of my classmates. I would fix it.”

The actress, however, clarified in jest that her dad is not a “henchman of a politician,” but she always looked up to him and found him to be cool. This, in return, allowed her to look at Pascua with admiration as well.

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“I was fascinated with my dad who’s good at fixing things, even the controller of a Playstation. I grew up looking up to my father exactly like Stacey,” she said. “Hindi siya henchman ng pulitiko. But I was the same with Stacey who found him cool. Every time I had an interaction with Tito Bodjie, I would remember my dad.”

Lustre and Pascua are also joined by Jerome Ponce, Francis Magundayao, Allan Paule, and Simon Ibarra in the Rae Red-helmed series.

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