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Director Roman Perez Jr. listed reasons why he chose Azi Acosta to be a lead in ‘Pamasahe’

At the media conference for Pamasahe, which LionhearTV covered, Perez recounted seeing Acosta’s resemblance to Joyce Jimenez and Alice Dixson when he worked with the Viva artist.

On November 14, Viva cult director Roman Perez Jr. listed reasons why he and Viva chose Azi Acosta as the lead star for Pamasahe.

At the media conference for Pamasahe, which LionhearTV covered, Perez recounted seeing Acosta’s resemblance to Joyce Jimenez and Alice Dixson when he worked with the Viva artist.



“Nagamit ko siya before, sa Sitio Diablo, she’s so intelligent.

“Una sa lahat, young–fresh, fresh. Bago sa ating lahat at tsaka lagi nilang sinasabi sa akin ka-hilatsa siya–kahawig ni Joyce Jimenez. May ganon siyang resemblance. Tapos mayroon siyang anggulo na parang Alice Dixson, na nakita ko ‘yun dati noong nagsho-shoot ako ng Ang Babaeng Nawawala sa Sarili. 

“Kasi si Azi Acosta, magaling siyang rumampa, model siya dati. So nakita kong rumampa siya, sabi ko kahawig ito ni Dikya, kamukha ito ni Dikya oh. Tapos di ko pinapansin, kasi during that time, hindi pa naman siya nala-launch as Azi Acosta, nag-talent lang siya noon. Pero, nasa Viva roster na siya.”

He also compared Acosta to Judy Ann Santos because of her nuanced acting during their drama-heavy scenes.

“Lagi ko ‘to sinasabi sa mga interviews, parang siyang si Judy Ann noong bata. Parang Judy Ann na nagse-sexy. ‘Yun ‘yung may X-factor sa kaniya, medyo matapag siya, matapang ‘yung bata, ready sa mga erotic scenes. 

“Pero, pag drama para siyang Judy Ann, kaliwa’t kanan ‘yung mata. Tapos ang tapang noong mata niya, ang appeal and then intense, intense ‘yung bata eh. Di ‘yan nagce-cellphone pag nag-sho-shoot. In character na, naglalakad sa set in character. Ganon siya, ibang prototype ‘to ng Vivamax girls–si Azi.”

He then detailed how he and Viva agreed to give a dramatic project for Acosta through Pamasahe after seeing her talent for the genre.

“So nagkasundo kami ni Boss, apparently sabi ni Boss, iba ‘yung Azi Acosta, Direk. Sabi ko, subukan po natin Boss, baka pwede siya sa drama kasi ‘yung Sitio Diablo, parang nahirapan siyang itimpla.

“Apparently, noong nakita ko siya sa pamasahe, sa mga unang eksena niya, even sa workshop pa lang, iba ‘yung magic noong bata, iba siya. Sabi ko, parang future siya, parang future siya ng Vivamax.”

Acosta stars in the Vivamax film Pamasahe with a powerhouse Viva cast such as Mark Anthony Fernandez, Felix Roco, Rash Flores, Chad Solano, Aj Oteyza, Shiena Yu, Julio Diaz, and Erlinda Villalobos. 



Pamasahe, under the direction of Direk Roman Perez Jr., premieres on December 5 via Vivamax Plus and streams on December 9 via Vivamax.

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