After two long years, Paulo Avelino is back on the big screen with “Ngayon Kaya,” a movie on “what ifs” and “the one that got away.”
He not only stars as its lead actor but also its producer.
In Ngayon Kaya, Avelino is Harold, a shy college student from the province who develops a close bond and a secret love for his friend AM, a rich city girl who is passionate about her dreams. She is played by Janine Gutierrez.
Because of their contrasting personalitie and complications in their personal lives, the two never get past the “more than friends but less than lovers” stage. They eventually separate.
Now reunited after five years, AM and Harold spend fleeting hours wandering around their old hangouts and wondering about their old selves, making Harold’s next-day flight the biggest “what if” of their lives.
Avelino’s own production outfit WASD Films is co-executive producer of the movie with T-Rex Entertainment. Ngayon Kaya is directed by Prime Cruz and written by Jen Chuaunsu, the tandem that also brought to the screen the notable romantic films Sleepless, Can We Still Be Friends?, and Isa Pa with Feelings.
Among all the romantic characters that Avelino has portrayed, Ngayon Kaya’s Harold holds a special place.
He says “It’s the first time I’m playing someone who is hoping (to be loved).” This is in reference to another film of his wherein his character was insensitive to the girl who liked him.
In Harold, Avelino believes he found an alter ego “to the point I felt that it (the role) was written for me… As an actor, it’s either, one… I look for something totally out of this world that I haven’t done that would make me want to be in someone else’s shoes, or two… something that speaks to me. For Ngayon Kaya, it was the second one.”
Gutierrez shares that Avelino was so inspired that the actor-producer totally got into the part.
She reveals, “Ang galing lang! The way Paulo created Harold’s character looks so different from when you see Paulo on a normal day… the way he walked, the way he talked, ibang-iba compared to the Paulo na nagmomotorsiklo.”
The title of Ngayon Kaya, the fourth film that Paulo has produced, is also the actor-producer’s brainchild.
“Naisip ko kasi na ang daming pwedeng ipahiwating ng dalawang salitang ‘yun. At lahat ng mga ibig sabihin makikita sa storya ng pelikula,” he explained.
Ngayon Kaya, which opened in theaters 22 June, also stars Alwyn Uytingco, John James Uy, Donna Cariaga, Haley Dizon and Rio Locsin.