The two movies officially opened in cinemas today, and it even had the same premiere night which was on May 3.
“Kasi, I’ve been a Kapamilya for more than 20 years (I have been a Kapamilya for more than 20 years). All my professional life have been in ABS. Although VIVA ang nagbigay sa akin ng first film ko, pero sina Inang [Olivia Lamasan] sina Malou [Santos], mga mentors ko ‘yan (Although it was VIVA who gave me my first project, but Olivia Lamasan and Malou Santos were my mentors),” he added.
“But of course, siguro kaya ako nasaktan kasi, mga mahal ko sila (I think I got hurt because I loved them dearly). Kasi kung hindi ko naman sila mahal, kebs ko ba, ‘di ba, na tinapatan nila ako (If I didn’t love them, it wouldn’t matter that they had the same playdate as my movie). I must admit na nasaktan ako (I must admit that I got hurt),” Nuval said.
Nuval said he was able to talk with Director Garcia-Molina after learning they have the same date. Garcia-Molina is the director of Just the 3 of Us featuring John Lloyd Cruz and Jennylyn Mercado.
“Si Direk Cathy, very close kaming talaga (Cathy and I are very close)”, Nuval said. “My first directorial job, si Direk Cathy ang nag-AD [assistant director] sa akin (She was my assistant director in my first directorial job). Nag-volunteer siyang mag-AD sa akin sa MMK (She volunteered to be my AD for my MMK episode). At very close rin kami, inaanak ko ang anak niya (We are very close; her child is my godchild),” he added.
“Talagang way back na hindi pa kami director, magkakaibigan na kaming talaga (Even before we weren’t directors, we were already friends). Tinext ko siya na this is just a film and I hope na yung friendship, hindi maapektuhan (I texted her and told her that this is just a film, and he hopes this won’t ruin their friendship in any way),” Nuval said.
“Sabi naman niya, of course (She said, of course). Sabi niya, mahal niya ko at sabi ko sa kanya, mahal din naman kita (She also said she lvoes me, and I feel the same). Actually, pare-pareho kaming nagulat na magkatapat pero ang maganda rin na sinabi ni Direk Cathy, isipin na lang natin, magsasanib-pwersa tayo against a foreign movie (We were both shocked upon learning the dates, but Cathy told me to think that we are competing against a foreign movie),” Nuval added.
This Time stars James Reid and Nadine Lustre. The film got a Grade A.