At the recent press conference for Star Cinema’s “The Ghost Bride,” Kim Chiu who plays the title role was asked if she ever got intimidated by Chito S. Roño, known to be a strict and meticulous director.
“Hindi ako natakot sa kanya. Basta huwag ka lang mali-late, hindi ka dapat matakot kay Direk Chi to,” she said.
But she warned her leading man, Matteo Guiduicelli, about Chito’s reputation since it’s their first time working together.
“Yes, first time kami magkatrabaho ni Direk Chito and Kim warned me up front, but he did not scare me,” Matteo said. “I found out he was indeed very meticulous. And I learned a lot from him. It’s a dream-come-true for me to have worked with a famous and very good director.”
The role was seemingly tailor-made for Kim being Chinese. “The Ghost Bride,” after all, touches on ancient Chinese tradition and culture.
She simply said: “I’m so honored and proud to be in the movie. Direk Chito put his touch in every scene of ‘The Ghost Bride.’”
Kim revealed she knew of the Chinese tradition and practice of ghost weddings through her grandmother who told her a cousin of hers was a ghost bride herself. This practice was done for necessity’s sake, especially financial. The bride is paid money for her sacrifice for her family’s sake.
“She even received a monthly salary if needed, especially if the family of the bride is poor,” the actress added.
Would she agree to be a ghost bride?
“Why not if circumstances call for it? So I could help my family who is in need…”
In the story, Kim plays Mayen, a Filipino-Chinese girl who agrees to a ghost wedding upon the advice of a mysterious matchmaker in order to help her family.
“The Ghost Bride” also stars Christian Bables, Robert Sena, Isay Alvarez, Ina Raymundo, Beverly Salviejo, Nanding Josef, Mon Confiado, Cacai Bautista, Victor Silayan and Jerome Ponce.