Did You Know? 'Fan Girl' Was Originally Written as a Rom-Com

Charlie Dizon was also not the original fan girl.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Nov 3, 2020
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If you've ever been a fan girl or a fan boy, you'd probably relate to how the lead role in the film Fan Girl feels about her celebrity idol. Starring Paulo Avelino and Charlie Dizon and directed and written by Antoinette Jadaone, the film is about how Charlie's character, a sixteen-year-old fan of Paulo Avelino (who plays himself in the movie), meets her ultimate idol IRL and discovers that expectations can be very different from reality. Check out the trailer here:

According to the film's IMDB page, Fan Girl is under the 'Drama' genre. Jadaone even said that the movie is more like a coming-of-age film that shows the possible reality of real-life fans and the celebrities they look up to. The film's synopsis even ends it with: "They say, never meet your heroes, and tonight, Jane finds out exactly why."

The movie has begun getting international acclaim after premiering at the 2020 Tokyo International Film Festival on October 31, 2020. But before reaching the big screens abroad, Fan Girl has gone through quite a lot before becoming what it is today.


For instance, Jadaone initially wrote Fan Girl back in 2016 as a romantic comedy, featuring a love story between the two main characters--totally different from how the film ultimately turned out. In an episode of Tick Talk by Myrza Sison, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan Philippines and editorial director of Summit Media, Jadaone got to share more of the film's backstory.

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The project fell through during its initial stages after casting and logistical problems and Jadaone went on to work on other films instead. After a bout of "creative breakdown," the director decided to revisit Fan Girl and revise the script altogether. "The 2016 version was really cutesy, rom-com. It was a love story between a fan and her idol. Super fantasy talaga and all the tropes and cliches of rom-com, mangyayari sa totoong buhay," Jadaone shares. "Na-realize ko na baka hindi na 'yon yung tamang puntahan ng kuwento, na baka mas coming-of-age siya rather than a romantic comedy. There's still romance, of course, pero mas coming-of-age na siya."


Jadaone also shared that Charlie Dizon, the budding actress who eventually portrayed the lead role, wasn't actually the original fan girl. Someone else had already been chosen for the role, but had to back out due to contract issues. "The first fan girl, na-love na namin siya e. We had workshops with Paulo, lahat na talaga ready na kami to shoot," Jadaone shares.

But it all worked out though as Charlie was able to prove that she was indeed meant for the role of Jane. "During the first day, noong ginagawa na ni April [Charlie Dizon] yung eksena, nandoon pa rin yung heart namin doon sa first fan girl. Pero noong second day, we shot one very simple scene... pero napa-bilib niya kami doon sa simpleng eksena na 'yon. Doon pa lang namin na-realize na, 'Ah, tama, everything happens for a reason.'"


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