THE country’s hottest reel and real-life loveteam, James Reid and Nadine Lustre, returns to the big screen via the light, feel-good summer movie, “THIS TIME,” opening May 4 in theaters nationwide from VIVA Films.
In an interview on the film’s last shooting day, James expressed how excited he and Nadine are about doing a new movie following the highly successful television series, “On the Wings of Love,” on ABS-CBN. Both missed acting on a film, especially since “This Time” is a lighter material compared to their first three starrers, “Diary ng Panget,” “Talk Back and You’re Dead” and “Para Sa Hopeless Romantic,” even “OTWOL.”
In “This Time,” directed by Nuel Naval from a screenplay by Mel Mendoza-del Rosario, James plays Coby, a lolo’s boy who has a childhood sweetheart, Ava (Nadine). By some twist of fate, Coby and Ava only get to spend time together during summer. This is where their feelings for each other are tested – amidst a long distance relationship.
As James puts it, “I guess this movie, it’s more focused on the love, the relationship. It goes deeper into relationships like long distance relationship.“I can’t say it’s more mature ’coz it’s very light. So easy to watch. Kissing scenes? Let’s see. We can’t beat ‘OTWOL.’”
Nadine agrees, “Well, this time, super light po siya. Kasi nga po summer movie siya, so, parang gusto po natin na sobrang light lang siya and GP lang.”
The lovebirds spent five days together in Saga, Japan, where some important scenes from “This Time” were shot. They enjoyed the trip tremendously, especially since it was Nadine’s first to Japan and it has been her childhood dream to see Cherry Blossoms.
“I was very happy for Nadine. It’s her first time to see Cherry Blossoms. It’s my second time. It’s been her dream since she was a kid, so, I was very happy for her,” stresses James.
What made the experience a lot more meaningful and memorable was the fact that they were featured in a popular news channel in Japan.
James recalls, “We went to eat right after the interview and it was airing on TV and then I looked and I go like ‘wait, are we in the Philippines?’ We were really surprised.”
As for new discoveries now that they’re a couple working together as screen partners, both James and Nadine say there’s really nothing more left to discover about each other.
Only one thing surprised Nadine about James, though: “Marunong pala siyang magplantsa!”
Rivalry and competition are not taken into heart, either. For his part, James sees healthy competition in the business as a “necessity.”
He then goes on to score how he and Nadine are so lucky to have such loyal and amazing fans and it is to them that they attribute their success as JaDine.
“Well, I guess we have the fans to thank for that. When they say we’re number one ’coz we have a lot of projects right now, very successful TV show, everything’s going really well, it doesn’t mean we’re better. We just have amazing fans,” James adds.
Proof of the JaDine followers’ overwhelming support to their idols are the numerous block screenings of “This Time” scheduled after premiere night on May 3 and regular showing on May 4.
After the movie’s opening day, the showbiz pair is due to leave for the US and Canada for the continuation of their highly successful “JaDine in Love” concert tour on May 12. They will be gone for a month.
But before that, James will mark his birthday on May 11. Plans for the celebration are still under wraps and Nadine opts to keep her birthday gift to James a secret.
“Wala naman po kasi siyang gusto,” she reasons out.
Meanwhile, lending able support to JaDine in “This Time” are some of the country’s veteran actors and actresses like Al Tantay, Freddie Webb, Nova Villa, Ronnie Lazaro, Candy Pangilinan and VIVA artists Yam Concepcion, Donnalyn Bartolome, Issa Pressman and Bret Jackson.
Get on a romantic high and fall in love all over again as James and Nadine’s much-awaited romantic summer movie of the year, “This Time,” opens in cinemas nationwide on May 4, only from VIVA Films.