The much awaited "dramedy" and Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry "My Househusband: Ikaw Na!" has lead actors known for stellar acting prowess that many believe will weigh in mightily come awards night on Dec. 28.
Judy Ann Santos, who, in the movie, plays Mia, a mother and wife who is the sole breadwinner of her family, is not touted as a young superstar for nothing. She has been in show business for 23 years now and has done about 70 movies, many of which have won awards for her from many prestigious award giving bodies. Her unmatched acting mettle is also celebrated on television, making her not only a multi-hyphenate celebrity but a bankable one across media.
In "My Househusband: Ikaw Na!" she delivers a performance that director Jose Javier Reyes lauds as realistic acting that no doubt stems from the fact that her leading man here is her husband, Ryan Agoncillo. Their first movie together since tying the knot, the two bring on the silver screen a chemistry that is based on a genuine, if not intuitive, understanding and essay of their roles. This early, many predict Judy Ann is shoo-in for Best Actress in the 2011 MMFF.
Although Ryan Agoncillo is better known as TV host, and one of the best ones in his generation too, he is a strong contender in the Best Actor category for playing Rod, a man who is bank manager one day then househusband the next. "My Househusband: Ikaw Na!" is certainly Ryan’s movie more than any one else’s as he has the most number of scenes among the cast members. But more than that, his delineation of provider turned circumstantial housekeeper will have people laughing, thinking, understanding and, perhaps, more accepting of the fact that there is no one formula or set-up that makes a family work.
Note that the last time Ryan worked with Direk Joey (in 2006’s "Kutob"), the former was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category of the FAP Awards.
Comedienne Eugene Domingo has been winning awards left and right for five years in a row now. More, she is one of few actresses – if not the only one – in the Philippine entertainment history to have participated in six films produced by eight different Filipino production companies within a year. To say that she is great at what she does and is one of the most in-demand actresses these days is an understatement.
In "My Househusband: Ikaw Na!" Eugene plays Aida, a mistress who happens to be Rod and Mia’s neighbor. With Mia always away, Rod and Aida develop a friendship that even has the Mrs. jealous at one point. Although Eugene has done so many movies this year, she grabbed the opportunity to be cast in "My Househusband: Ikaw Na!" in order to work anew with Ryan, Judy Ann and Direk Joey, and to essay a role that challenges her.
"I’ve never played a mistress before nor best friend to a straight guy. Even in real life, I have lots of girl and gay friends but very few straight guys so I am tackling my role here from a fresh point of view," said she, who’s gusto in working on "My Househusband: Ikaw Na!" surely brought out the best in her yet again.
Guiding the actors in giving their best in "My Househusband: Ikaw Na!" is Direk Joey, who, himself, is no stranger to awards. Many of his works have also become modern classics some of which also featured Ryan, Judy Ann and Eugene. He has said in recent interviews that his latest film is important in his career in that he plans to redirect his career should he win Best Director yet again.
With the stellar acting prowess of its talents in and the very relatable story of "My Househusband: Ikaw Na!" it is expected to lead box-office results and bring home the highest awards in the MMFF 2011.
OctoArts Films’ "My Househusband: Ikaw Na" opens on Christmas Day.