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Roxanne Barcelo ventures into movie production

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As actress, Roxanne Barcelo gets her instructions from directors. Now, as producer, she’s calling the shots.

Roxanne Barcelo and Will Devaughn (Instagram) /mb.com.ph

Roxanne Barcelo and Will Devaughn (Instagram)

Roxanne, along with several partners, produced “I Found My Heart In Santa Fe,” which she also stars in, along with boyfriend Will Devaughn.

She revealed taking inspiration from Hollywood stars who produce their own films.

“Hollywood actors constantly talk about it na if they really want a project, they just produce it themselves. I realized ‘Ah, pwede pala itong ganito.’ So, sometimes, hindi mo kailangang antayin. Minsan you need to get it done yourself. In this case, nabiyayaan ako na sila ang namili sa akin and nabuksan sa puso ko ’yung pag-po-produce,” she told Bulletin Entertainment.

She recalled how “I Found My Heart In Santa Fe” seemingly landed on her lap from out of nowhere.

“Tinanong lang ako ng aming film director Bona (Fajardo). Sinabi nila na ito ’yung role para sa akin and at the same time they asked me if I would be interested to produce it. So ni-research ko kung paano ba mag-produce.
Communications arts graduate naman ako so meron akong background sa marketing, may background ako sa PR, sa film. Kahit papaano hindi naman tayo zero (knowledge) talaga. Meron naman tayong education to back it up.”

Wearing a producer’s hat is no walk in the park for Roxanne.

Collaboration, she said, is key as “pwede kang pumasok na wala kang expectations pero you need to be a team player.”

“So, lahat ng kasama n’yo sa trabaho ay kailangang pakisamahan mo nang husto and to really aim for one goal and to work hard together. Dapat good vibes lang palagi and persevere kasi parang may mga araw na iniisip namin, ‘Makakasa ba talaga natin ’to?’ kasi ang hirap talaga.”

“I Found My Heart In Santa Fe” is about Jennifer (Roxanne) and her disdain for a tourist (Will) which will blossom into love.

For the role, Roxanne had to learn gay lingo, something she finds appropriate for the character.

“Thankful naman ako na binigyan ako ng freedom ni Direk Bona kung paano ko i-a-atake ’yung role. I thought it best na medyo ganu’n si Jennifer and pinagbigyan ako ni direk,” she said.

Describing the movie, Roxanne said it is “very light-hearted and warm.”

“I just want everyone to feel love. Ang objective namin ay maisip ng viewers na puwede pala akong masaktan at pumunta sa isang lugar at magpagpag doon at lalabas ako na may bagong basbas ng pag-ibig.”

Why Santa Fe in Cebu? “It’s breathtaking talaga. Kapag pumunta kayo doon, bitin ang isang linggo,” she said.
A second movie is already in the horizon. “We will definitely (produce another film),” Roxanne affirmed. “It’s in the works na actually. Nasa pre-production na kami ngayon. It’s an action movie at kasama namin si Glaiza de Castro.”

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