5 Things You Should Know Before Watching 'Love You to the Stars and Back'

by Ayessa De La Peña   |  Aug 28, 2017
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Antoinette Jadaone's Love You to the Stars and Back starring Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto is hitting cinemas this week. But before you head to the malls with your friends, you might want to read more about the movie first! Last week, we had the opportunity to chat with Direk Tonet about Love You to the Stars and Back, and here are some interesting things she shared with us about her latest rom-com.

  1. The movie's story started three years ago.

"'Yung story ng Love You to the Stars and Back, I was supposed to write this concept for Direk Paul Soriano three years ago. It's about a girl na naniniwala sa aliens, but TV and film got in the way kaya hindi ko siya nasulat. For the longest time, I was pitching it to different people but it's a very risky concept kasi 'yung aliens hindi ko alam kung kakagatin siya ng mga tao.


"Noong lumapit sa akin 'yung Star Cinema, sinabi nila na may movie with Joshua and Julia, 'yun 'yung pinitch ko kasi pasok sa age bracket nila. Sobrang natuwa ako na tinanggap siya ng Star Cinema for a movie about aliens."

  1. Caloy's cancer story is not a "twist."

"'Yung mga ni-reveal sa trailer ay hindi siya twist. Actually sa start, we were debating kung sa trailer ilalabas na kaagad na may cancer si Caloy. Pero 'yung cancer ni Caloy ay hindi siya secret. Sa start pa lang, ni-reveal na kaagad ni Caloy kay Mika. Hindi siya grand reveal. Feeling ko, if we're not going to show it in the trailer, mafi-feel ng audience na 'Parang naloko naman ako. Wala namang sinabing may cancer.'

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So naisip namin, sa start pa lang, kung paano nakita ni Mika si Caloy at kung paano nakilala ni Caloy si Mika, ganoon dapat makikilala ng audiences si Mika at Caloy. So ganoon 'yung nilagay namin sa trailer. At natuwa kami kasi very risky 'yun. Even hours before ilabas 'yung trailer baka [isipin], 'Naku, may cancer, ayoko ng ganyan.' Kaya sobrang natuwa kami noong nilabas namin 'yung trailer na worth it 'yung risk na i-reveal sa audience kasi gusto naming maging totoo sa kwento."

  1. Joshua and Julia are the perfect Caloy and Mika.


"Sobrang happy ako na si Joshua and Julia 'yung nag-play ng Caloy and Mika, kasi una andoon 'yung chemistry. 'Yung love part very natural lang na lumalabas. Pero 'yung story kasi ni Caloy and Mika, hindi siya 'yung usual teenagers. Hindi sila kilig-kilig na ang problema ay tungkol sa love. May sarili silang problema na mas mabigat kaysa sa problema ng usual teenagers.

"Sobrang natuwa ako kasi mahusay silang actors. Nakakatuwa na this early, ganoon sila ka-sensitive, ka-sincere umarte. Natutuwa ako na nabigyan nila ng buhay sina Mika at Caloy the way I imagined them to be."

  1. "Torete" was part of Direk Tonet's writing playlist.

"Sinuggest namin siya, kasi while I was writing the script, meron akong playlist. Habang nagsusulatnagpapatugtog ako ng mga kanta at isa doon 'yung 'Torete'. So sa creative team, nagbabato lang ako sa kanila na kunin nila ['yung kantapag may budget. Natuwa ako na, in the end, nagwagi 'yung isa sa mga sinama ko from the playlist ko habang nagsusulat'Yung version na itosi Moira [dela Torre] 'yung kumanta."

  1. Mika's chant has no meaning.

"Wala siyang meaning. Hindi ko alam kung kilala ninyo si Kula Shaker, 'yung 'Govinda.' Doon ako na-inspire. Habang ginagawa ko 'yung chant, pini-play ko 'yung Kula Shaker na 'Govinda' kaya paulit-ulit siyaWala siya talagang meaning pero kay Mika, kaya 'yung chant na 'yun, i-explain niya sa movie na siya lang 'yung gumawa ng chant... Si Mika lang nakakaalam ng meaning."

Love You to the Stars and Back premieres in cinemas nationwide on August 30.

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I am Candymag.com's resident fangirl and ~*feelings*~ girl. When I'm not busy researching about what to write next on the website, I sleep, read books, and re-watch episodes of Friends.
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