Janine Gutierrez has done several independent movies but in her coming project, she feels like a queen, more “like a goddess” so blessed.
At a story conference held recently, the 28-year-old was announced to play the title role in the Regal Entertainment movie titled “Elise.” It is a modern love story about two childhood friends who can’t seem to find the right time to make their love affair a reality.
Janine finds the role “very challenging” as it requires a display of confidence at its finest.
“She is like a goddess in her own way,” she explained in Filipino. “Elise is the center of the film. It’s challenging for me because she is, like, super confident with herself and I’m not like that in real life. I don’t even think I’m a ‘goddess of beauty.’ So, to be able to give justice to the role, it requires hard work from me.”
Janine reunites with Enchong Dee in the film. The two first worked together in the 2016 Sinag Maynila entry “Lila.”
She expressed enthusiasm over working with him anew.
“I see how dedicated he is with his work. I love working with him because he is very fun to be with and he likes adventures. So together, we can do things that are out-of-the-box,” she said. “In ‘Lila,’ we played cousins so this is the first time we are working as partners. I’m really excited.”
“Elise” is written and directed by Joel Ferrer, who also did the Vhong Navarro-Lovi Poe film “Woke Up Like This.”
Janine hinted her coming output will be an eye-opener for moviegoers as it focuses in finding someone’s true purpose in life.
“After reading the script, I realize it’s relatable especially among young people today,” she shared. “It’s a love story, like, do you think two people in love with each other would really end up together? The story is so nice and I hope moviegoers would love it, too.”
Janine and Enchong will be joined in “Elise” by Miss World-Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann in her acting debut, “O Shopping” host Victor Anastacio, and child actress Miel Espinoza, who earned the Special Jury Prize for the Cinemalaya entry, “Pan de Salawal.”