Xian Lim and Louise delos Reyes are lovers at the crossroads in ‘Hanggang Kailan?’

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It may be their first onscreen pairing together but Viva artists Xian Liam and Louise delos Reyes, the stars of the romantic drama, “Hanggang Kailan?,” have figured out how to deal with first-day jitters.

“Sa any first day ng shoot, hindi talaga matatanggal ‘yung kaba ‘eh and especially that we were shooting out of the country, and me and Louise di pa namin kilala ang isa’t isa,” shared the 29-year-old actor in a recent interview with Cebu’s Entertainment Group after their mall show at SM City Cebu.

They had to familiarize themselves with one each other first.

“Kasi wala kaming idea kung paano magtrabaho ang isa’t isa,” said Louise.

“One of the heaviest (scenes) kaagad ang kinunan namin on the first day,” she added.

But both actors were fully aware of what was required of them.

“‘Yun ‘yung initial feeling. But when we got into our character, parang, sige… talunin natin ‘to. Tingnan natin kung saan tayo dadalhin,” Xian said.

Shot mostly in the city of Saga, Japan, “Hanggang Kailan?” is Viva Films’ pre-Valentine film about two lovers caught between letting go and taking the relationship to the next level. To help them decide, they spend 4 days and 3 nights in Japan.

“I play Donnie. He and Kath (portrayed by Louise) have been together for two years. Sa vacation nila, may nalaman si Kath and that’s what started the story,” Xian said.

The trip also brought to light some of the issues the couple was facing.

“Dun nila na question ‘yung isa’t isa kung itutuloy ba natin’ to. Tama ba ‘tong nararamdaman ko … hanggang kailan ba ako magtitiis, hanggang kailan ba ako magmamahal,” Xian said.

Louise described her character, Kath as a career-driven woman “na maraming goals.”

“And then she falls in love with Donnie and ‘yung relationship nya with him is masaya naman and she discovered a lot of things about herself pero’ yun nga lang… ‘yung question palagi is… hanggang kailan,” the 26-year-old actress said.

Xian said the film mirrors a situation most long-term couples find themselves in that may be the cause of them drifting apart from each other.

“Yung comfortability. Isang salarin ‘yun. ‘Dun din nate-test ang isang relationship,” he added.

For a first-time onscreen couple, how was easy or difficult was the shoot of their intimate scenes?

“They were not really a big thing for us kasi part talaga sya nu’ng story. We trusted the director. We trusted the script. We trusted each other kaya it went okay,” said Louise.

Echoing his leading lady’s thoughts, Xian explained: “Sa mga eksenang ganun, awkward talaga sya. Mahirap talaga syang gawin pero kailangan lang talaga ang trust sa isa’t isa, sa director at sa production.”

Directed by Bona Fajardo with a screenplay by Onay Sales, “Hanggang Kailan?” is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

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