So last night, Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Science (FAMAS) awarded the Best Actress trophy to Nadine Lustre. It’s for her role as Joanne in Antoinette Jadaone’s Never Not Love You.
At the FAMAS awards night held at Meralco Theater, an emotional Nadine went up on stage. During her speech, she revealed that she was at her lowest point before and even during the production of the film.
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“October 2017 may malaking bagyo na dumating sa buhay ko, sobrang laki ng damage na ginawa sa buhay ko. Ilang beses ko din po gustong umatras,” she said. “Kahit po nandoon ako sa lowest point ng buhay ko, naitawid ko po with flying colors.”
I haven’t had the chance to watch Never Not Love You until the Lenten break, when ABS-CBN screened a TV-cut version of the film. I know it’s quite late, but all I can do is agree: Nadine essayed the role with flying colors. And she deserves this award.
In the film, Nadine plays Joanne. She’s a young woman born and raised in Zambales, who ends up in Manila to work. Although seemingly naîve, Joanne is a strong woman who works hard to chase her dreams in the advertising industry. Then, she falls in love with Gio (James Reid), a carefree freelance graphic designer and tattoo artist.
Nadine, who was first paired with James in Diary ng Panget, proves she has matured as an actress in Never Not Love You. She is able to carry the weight of her role, which is not an easy one. Her portrayal as the struggling young professional, who has to choose between a promotion and love, is so effective and real.
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