July 20, 2019
Sunshine Cruz is excited about her very first Cinemalaya project titled “Malamaya” where she is paired with Kapamilya hunk Enzo Pineda.
“I am very thankful I was offered this project. There are many actresses out there whom they can offer this script but I am fortunate it was given to me. I am blessed,” said Sunshine, adding that she immediately said yes upon learning the movie is an entry to Cinemalaya, the biggest and most prestigious independent film festival in the country.
Two newbie female directors — Leilani Chavez and Danica Sta. Lucia — are calling the shots in “Malamaya” which Sunshine described as her most challenging role yet.
Notwithstanding the sexy scenes she needed to do, Sunshine gave her full trust to her directors to guide her for an honest portrayal of a woman caught in the web of a May-December affair.
“I gave my full trust to my directors. Since they are women, I knew they’d take good care of me when it comes to the intimate scenes I needed to do in the film,” said Sunshine.
Sunshine plays a visual artist who reignites her lost passion with an aspiring photographer played by Enzo. Getting in the way of their romance is a potter played by Raymond Bagatsing.
“I am excited to work with Enzo. He is new and it is also his first time to do intimate scenes in a movie. What is nice about Enzo is that he is very cooperative and he is willing to learn.”
Asked on her chances of winning an award for her performance, she said that playing the role of Nora S. in “Malamaya” already makes her a winner.
“That would be nice but winning an award is the least of my concern. The fact the producers chose me to play the lead role is an honor itself. Even if I don’t win an award, playing the lead in a Cinemalaya film makes me feel like a winner already,” she intoned.
Produced by Spears Film, headed by Albert Almandralejo, “Malamaya” is co-produced by Cine Likha Productions and ALV Productions of Arnold Vegafria, Sunshine’s talent manager.
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