The Filipino-American community came out strong to show their support for the Hollywood premiere of Kathryn Bernardo and Dolly de Leon’s “A Very Good Girl” with Bretman Rock, “Rupaul’s Drag Race” alumnus Manila Luzon, “She Hulk: Attorney at Law” actor Ginger Gonzaga, and other Fil-Am celebrities from the film, TV, and theater community gracing the historic event.
As the first Filipino movie to ever have a Hollywood premiere, Kathryn and Dolly expressed their gratitude to the Fil-Am celebrities and Asian Americans who showed up at the premiere night held at The Silver Screen, Pacific Design Theater in Los Angeles, California.
“Thank you so much for coming here tonight. I am really nervous and overwhelmed. We are so proud of this film. This is our baby. Our hearts are just overflowing with gratitude to be able to bring a slice of Philippine cinema here in the U.S.,” the Outstanding Asian Star awardee of the 2023 Seoul Drama Awards said, highlighting how the premiere celebrates Asian representation.
“We really feel the love. I see so many familiar faces and so many new faces. Thank you so much for coming and we hope you enjoy A Very Good Girl,” Golden Globe nominee Dolly de Leon said.
“Thank you all for coming tonight. This is a very historic moment for ABS-CBN, not just for our company, but for Philippine cinema in general. I feel like we have waited for so many years for Filipino stories to get told in the U.S. market and we’re finally doing it,” ABS-CBN Films head Kriz Gazmen said, saying this marks the beginning of Filipino films getting the recognition it deserves abroad.
Other executives present at the premiere night were ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, COO of Broadcast Cory Vidanes, and TV Production and Star Magic head Laurenti Dyogi.
Meanwhile in the Philippines, “A Very Good Girl” continues to draw more people to return to the cinemas as it earns over P40 million as of September 30, 7 pm with over 125,000 tickets sold.
US theatrical screenings of “A Very Good Girl” will begin on October 6. Besides the US, the movie is showing in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Guam and Saipan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nigeria, and in the Middle East.
“A Very Good Girl” also stars Chie Filomeno, Jake Ejercito, Gillian Vicencio, Kaori Oinuma, Ana Abad Santos, Nour Hooshmand, Donna Cariaga, Althea Ruedas, Nathania Guerrero, and Angel Aquino.