Despite the misunderstanding that occurred between the two last year, director Antoinette Jadaone congratulated Nadine Lustre for winning Best Actress in the 67th FAMAS Awards for “Never Not Love You.”
The awarding ceremony was held at the Meralco Theater on April 28, Sunday, where the 25-year-old actress bested nominees Judy Ann Santos, Angelica Panganiban and Perla Bautista who have lengthier acting experiences.
Lustre in her acceptance speech shared that she initially did not want to star in “Never Not Love You” since she was facing a very difficult challenge in her life that time.
“October 2017, may malaking bagyo na dumating sa buhay ko, sobrang laki ng damage na ginawa sa buhay ko. Ilang beses ko din po gustong umatras. Kahit po nandun ako sa lowest point ng buhay ko, naitawid ko po with flying colors,” she said.
That time, the actress admitted that she was struggling with depression. Her younger brother also passed away.
Jadaone, the director she worked with in the movie, congratulated the actress on Twitter and cited other roles Nadine took on in their projects together.
Nadine Lustre, FAMAS Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role 2019. From Leah to Iris and now Joanne. I cannot be more proud ati. CAFE ASSISTANT 💁🏽♀️ BRAND MANAGER 💁🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/MwgQnR54pK
— Tonette, Tonette (@tonetjadaone) April 28, 2019
Jadaone has worked with Lustre in the television series “On the Wings of Love,” “Till I Met You” and the drama-romance film “Never Not Love You.”
Lustre shared a picture of her FAMAS trophy on her Instagram Stories and tagged people she had worked with in the movie—Jadaone, Dan Villegas and her boyfriend, James Reid.
“Atin to,” she wrote as a text within the picture.
Not too long ago, Jadaone and Lustre were embroiled in a controversy during the filming of “Never Not Love You.”
The director in her blog on Jan. 15, 2018 lamented the unexpected cancellation of the shooting dates, saying that filming the entire movie was “becoming erratic.”
“Filming for #foolishmovie is becoming erratic. Sayang, andun na ang momentum eh. More and more shooting days canceled — some reasons more heartbreaking than others, so heartbreaking they make me cry,” Jadaone wrote.
She did not directly mention any names but she used a hashtag that was associated with her earlier blog posts stating she had a project with Lustre and James Reid.
Two days after, Lustre shared an Instagram Story of what appeared to be an x-ray scan and wrote, “Diarrhea, fever, severe back pain since last Friday. That’s all you need to know.”
The actress also shared in an interview that she was diagnosed with an inverted cervical curve on her back, apart from her scoliosis.
By February 2018, social media users noticed that Lustre stopped following Jadaone on Instagram.
The director eventually admitted that she pressured the love team to work faster so that the movie could be released on its play date on Mar. 31, 2018.
She also shared that she reached out to Lustre to talk about the issue.
“Ang ginawa ko nung lumabas ‘yun, kinausap ko agad si Nadine. ‘Yun ang first instinct ko. Actually nasa soap nga ako noon, nagdi-direct ako noon. Hindi ako makapag-direct. Hala kailangan ko makausap si bakla,” Jadaone recalled.
“So tinext ko siya, ‘Te, may ginagawa ka ba? Tawagan kita.’ Sabi niya, ‘Ay direk, nasa shoot ako.’ Minessage ko siya after,” she added.
As of now, the two appear to be on friendly terms and has continued following each other on Instagram.