Paolo Contis definitely learned a lot from playing Nico Mercado in the movie “A Faraway Land” with Yen Santos.
During Wednesday's virtual press conference for the film, Paolo was asked what advice he would give to Nico, who fell in love deeply with a married woman.
The Kapuso comedian said he didn't have any to give because he was the one who needed it.
“Kung merong matututo kay Nico — ako ‘yon or tayo ‘yon," Paolo began. "You live once, you give your all because at the end of the day, win, lose, or draw, wala kang pagsisisi sa sarili mo,” he said.
The movie had Nico leaving Majhoy behind in the Faroe Islands, which helped Paolo realize how a lot of things in life are uncertain.
“Hindi lahat ng bagay pang habambuhay," he said. "Mayroong mga maiiksi pero sobrang precious. Merong maiksi pero sobrang tatatak sa’yo and it will make you a better person in the future.”
[Not everything in life is meant to last. There are a few experiences that may be short but are so precious. There are a few experiences that though short, will really leave a lasting impression on you and make you into a better person in the future.]
“(It) may be with your next partner or with how you deal with your next life,” he added.
On how he can relate to Nico, meanwhile, Paolo told GMA News Online that they share some traits, but are also different in a way.
“Si Paolo, tago ang emosyon sa buhay. ‘Di tulad ni Nico na masyadong lover boy, masyadong in love agad 'saka masyadong honest,” he said.
[Paolo hides his emotions in real life. Unlike Nico who is out there, who falls quickly in love, and is a little too honest.]
Still, he said Nico and Paolo are almost the same. "Maginoo pero medyo pilyo rin,” he added.
A Faraway Land” is set in Denmark's Faroe Islands where a “complicated love story” sparks between a married woman and a reporter working on a documentary about OFWs.
It started streaming on Netflix last weekend and has since landed on the number one spot in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines. — LA, GMA News