The Star for All Seasons is expected to take on different onscreen projects in 2023, including a comedy drama and genre film that will feature Vilma as a “gun-toting mother.” Both are going to be produced under On The Job director Erik Matti and producer Dondon Monteverde’s production outfit Reality Entertainment.
“Si direk Erik Matti, I’m his fan. Lalo na sa mga movies na ginawa niya. He showed me two concepts — one, he said, pwede natin gawing series. The other one is something different, may pagka-action but it’s not hard action. Hahawak ako ng baril parang ganun because gusto ko lang gumanti. But, again, not hard action because ayokong mabigat na mabigat na pelikula… I want something different and positive for my career,” the veteran actress and former public servant recently told
Everything About Her was Vilma’s last film back in 2016.
According to direk Erik in a separate interview, they have always been on the lookout for a material that the actress would accept.
“Even with the (planned) Mother Lily (Monteverde) story, even before that, me and Dondon have never stopped finding projects for Vilma and wanting to find the right story for her. But then the pandemic happened, nothing came of it and then we stumbled upon a story that we feel is really perfect for Vilma. Two stories, actually,” he shared.
“So, suntok sa buwan, I texted Ate Vi, I know you’re into vlogging now but we miss you in the movies. I hope you come back because if you’re coming back, gusto ko sana gumawa tayo ng movie and we have a story that’s ready. And immediately, she texted back, yes, I’m excited to go back to the movies already, let’s go sit down and have a meeting,” he said of Vilma, who has successfully ventured into YouTube over the pandemic.
Vilma has been receiving multiple offers, but nothing is final yet with the rest. She confirmed that she also received one for an indie film. “Natutuwa ako na in spite of being away for so long, kahit papaano, may tiwala pa rin sa akin and for that, I’m very thankful. There’s another one who wants to meet with me and I’m looking forward but nothing is final.
“But sana! May maganda atang i-offer na good movie with me and Christopher de Leon again. Isn’t it interesting? So, I’m happy because even though it’s been a while since I made a movie, I’m receiving offers that make me feel, andito pa pala ako, na gusto pa nila akong kunin and meron pa pala silang kayang i-offer sa akin na iba naman, which I am very, very particular at this point in time maybe because of my situation and my age,” she said.
Meanwhile, Vilma just marked 60 years in the entertainment industry last month.
Looking back on her career that started when she was only a child, she said, “The mere fact that I lasted for 60 years in the business is a big highlight for me as an artist. It’s no joke to be able to last 60 years, especially because at this point in time, so many want to become an artista. At the end of the day, ang lagi din natin babantayan, dapat alagaan at trabahuin, yung tinatawag na longevity, tatagal ba at hanggang kelan?
Vilma also mentioned some of the most unforgettable moments in her enduring and multi-awarded acting career.
Other milestones for her included having portrayed two of the most iconic roles on screen — Darna and Dyesebel. Then, when she became a mom, she was cast in a string of empowered and strong female characters.
Now, she’s all set and gearing for her return to the movies.