Kris Aquino revealed she is set to be with “Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan in Cebu on Aug. 27 for his book event just because he “texted” her about it and “we’re friends.”
“Magka-Instagram direct na kami,” she chirped on their closeness.
The development seems to be another link in a chain of hints many people think the actress had been dropping on her participation in the movie adaptation of Kwan’s book.
It all started when Kris announced early this year she has an international project – “a gift from God,” she calls it – and that she had signed a contract with a Los Angeles-based agency already.
Talks heightened after Kris posted on social media a short slideshow showing the “Crazy Rich Asians” book cover with her signature on it.
To this day, though, the TV host-actress has chosen to be “quiet” about it, citing the non-disclosure agreement she signed.
“Nakalagay kasi duon na pwedeng ma-edit out ang scenes mo so sayang naman, ’di ba? So quiet na lang ako.”
However, she disclosed this “experience” relating to it that happened in Singapore last June.
“Iba pala talaga ’yung the whole experience. Sabi ko nga, parang, I’m so happy na parang once in my life, nakita ko na ganu’n pala. Kasi iba sila talaga. It’s really different from what you imagined it would be.
“In-exceed niya ’yung ini-imagine ko. High tech, super. At tsaka walang sumisigaw (sa set). Lahat kalma. Oo, promise! Tapos ’yung positioning ng cameras, nakaka-amaze kasi parang lahat kuha. Kung pwede ko lang makwento talaga!”
Kris is all praises for the film’s director whom she also did not name.
“The thing lang that I can, siguro, the thing that they won’t get mad at me about is just to say that the director is just super duper the nicest. I love him and natuwa siya sa akin kasi kinuha niya lahat ng contact information namin. Nasabi niya na parang, ‘Let’s work together again,’” recalled Kris.
“Eh, ’di ba, ang mga kano, hindi sila bolero. Sabi ko, ‘Gusto niya ko, thank you Lord! Thank you, Lord!’”
As her fans wonder when she’ll categorically say she is cast in the movie, one thing is for sure: Kevin is now Kris’ favorite author, mainly because he featured the Philippines in one of his books.
“Love niya ang Philippines, so nakakatuwa,” she said.
“And then, noong nagti-text kami, sinabi niya, I really wanted to find a way for my agents to make it happen that I’ll be there for two weeks. So gustong-gusto niya tayo! ’Di ba nakakatuwa na gusto niya tayo?”
Thinking she would open up more when queried about other topics, we asked Kris if she has a special someone nowadays.
“You know what? I’d rather not say kung meron o wala,” she answered.
Then Kris laughed, blurting, “My God, napaka-proper ko, what’s wrong with me?”
Turning serious, she added, “Alam mo kasi siguro having shared 34 of my 46 years on this earth to the public, parang I realized na sometimes it’s better to just keep silent. Kasi, parang, whatever you say or do people would speculate pa rin naman, so why bother? So ’yun, this time I think I’d like to keep that part of myself private naman for a change.”
Kris is also silent about an upcoming project with iflix, the subscription video-on-demand service she endorses.
“Basta it’s a big project,” she said. “Magastos, malaki.”
No matter how hard we coaxed, Kris simply smiled.
She said, “Just watch out for it. I’m sure you are going to hear about it soon.”
More eager to talk about the company, Kris related she loves iflix because of its library of movies which includes big Hollywood blockbusters and numerous Filipino classics.
“So kumpleto, parang tailored talaga siya sa Pilipino,” she said.
Among films she watches repeatedly on iflix is “500 Days Of Summer.”
“Because parang iba naman, like, dito, ang lalaki ang heartbroken,” she related. “Tsaka ang daming lines sa movie na gusto ko talaga in that I agree with most of them.”
Not that she has completely foregone free TV.
“Actually now I watch all three networks,” Kris revealed. “Dati kasi parang, for 20 years, siyempre isang channel lang pinapanood namin sa bahay, ngayon, parang I set a mandate talaga na parang, manood tayo ng lahat ng channel.”
Asked if she plans to go back to free TV soon, Kris said there are ongoing talks about it but she refused to name which TV network she’s signing with.
She said, “Ang hirap pangunahan eh. Like, what if hindi matuloy? Ako mapapahiya.”
“But to be sure I am not totally disregarding the need to be back on free TV. So, the negotiations are ongoing. I’m excited about it. But it’s something that I’m not rushing because I want the right project.”
Kris’s exclusive contract with ABS-CBN ended on March 23 last year.
Not soon after, she announced her plan to do a TV show produced with APT Entertainment.
The project did not push through, however.
Kris related, “So many shows have been offered and if I just wanted to be back, I would have grabbed it. But I didn’t want to just grab something just to be back. Kasi parang I didn’t want to cheat my audience or myself.”