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Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia reunite in new film ‘Un/happy For You’

Don’t look now but former couple Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto are reuniting in a new film with an uncanny title “Un/happy For You.”

An announcement on their home studio ABS-CBN, mother company of Star Cinema, disclosed that the new movie will be be released this year and the couple’s fans and supporters are ecstatic about it.

In an ABS-CBN report, Garcia said he and Julia, who is Julia Francesca Barretto Baldivia in real life, have grown as individuals since they worked on a project together.

“Nung nalaman ko ‘yung project, sabi ko yes agad kasi ang tagal na rin kasi nung agwat nung panahon na nag-work kami before kasi mga teenager kami,” he said.

“Ngayon, I can say nag-mature na rin kami, lumaki na kami, literal. Exciting lang, nagkanya-kanya kaming journey parang ngayon magbabalikan kami sa pelikula,” he added.

Julia, on the other hand, said that “Un/happy For You” was the right material and that it also came at the right time.

“Over the years, there were several attempts to coming together. …At some point, when a good material comes along and a great team, of course, being reunited with Josh is such an exciting idea,” said the actress, who is now linked to actor Gerard Anderson.

 “It almost felt like maybe it was already the right time, it’s the right material, we’re both in a good place in our life. I’m happy na magkakatrabaho tayo uli,” she added in the ABS-CBN report.

Joshua and Julia admitted in the ABS-CBN report that they are navigating their “familiar yet new” work environment for their new film.

“Para siyang familiar at new place at the same time, this feels familiar pero bago rin because parang when we’re re-getting to know each other,” Julia said.

During a screen test for their movie “Un/happy For You,” Joshua that it will be a step-by-step process again for them to familiarize themselves with each other.

“Kinakapa pa rin namin ‘yung isa’t isa kahit ang tagal na naming nagkatrabaho, baby steps, darating din kami roon sa shoot day namin,” Joshua said.

“Tsaka kasi nakita ko nung nagsi-scene kami parang iba na rin ‘yung atake niya ngayon, sa atake niya before, he added.

Joshua and Julia first worked together for “Vince and Kath and James” in 2016, “Love You to the Stars and Back” in 2017, “I Love You, Hater” in 2018 and “Block Z” in 2020.

They also worked together in the TV series “Ngayon at Kailanman” in 2018, according to ABS-CBN.

Directed by Petersen Vargas, “Un/happy For You” was written by Kookai Labayen, Crystal San Miguel, and Jen Chuaunsu, according to the announcement.

“I grew up watching their films, I’m such a fan of their individual acting prowess and together grabe ‘yung spark when you watch them together. I’m excited to be part of their journey now,” Vargas said.  

“They make my job really easy because ang bilis eh, it was nice to spend today and just to work on that, they make my job easy,” he added. (with Jennifer T. Santos)

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