Paul Soriano Sees Himself Marrying Girlfriend Toni Gonzaga Within The Next Couple Of YearsPaul Soriano wants to wed girlfriend Toni Gonzaga "within the next couple of years." Rather than "later," the director always said he wants to think he will settle down with the TV host-actress "sooner."
The reason why some people have been cajoling them to get married already is because they have been together for six years. They are only one of the very few couples in showbiz that lasted that long. Soriano said it is because they have complete trust in each other and they put God in the center of their relationship.
There's no reason to doubt each other anymore, Soriano said, adding that they support each other unconditionally. Being in the same industry also helped them in maintaining their strong bond because "we understand the demands of our job."
"She’s an actress, host, and I’m behind-the-scenes so there’s a mutual understanding in respect when it comes to our work and we know how to separate work from our personal life."
Asked if he'd like to direct Gonzaga in the future, the director said he already talked with the TV host-actress about it. He produced the indie film "Transit," which saw Jasmine Curtis-Smith winning the best supporting actress award in the Cinemalaya festival.
Soriano said he told Gonzaga she can come out of her comfort zone and do something different like a story of a drug mule to China. "That would really be a totally one eighty [180 degree turn] from the characters that she does."
Gonzaga is apparently interested with such a role. Soriano shared his girlfriend is open to challenging herself with some new roles. "Kasi with every project she does, she finds the challenge so that she can overcome it and become better."
On "Transit" and doing the next indie film
Soriano admitted he shelled much more for "Transit" than for "Thelma," which starred Maja Salvador. In "Thelma," he had co-producers while in "Transit," he was the only one who produced the indie film, which was shot in Israel.
But the director said it has been such a blessing to see "Transit" doing very well, even winning 10 out of 15 awards. It won best film (new breed category), best actress for Irma Adlawan, best supporting actress for Curtis-Smith, Netpac prize, special jury best acting ensemble, best editing, best cinematography, audience choice and best director.
It was a very different experience for Soriano to produce a film this time and collaborate with another director. With "Thelma," he was both the producer and director.
He had to give way to the visions of "Transit's" director, Hannah Espia, since this was her story and her film. Soriano said he just provided pointers for her and really just supported her "as much as I can."
"You know great filmmaking is great collaboration and we make a great team."
For his next films, Soriano said he will go back to directing since it's really his first love. It just so happened that with "Transit," he wanted to give Espia the ropes since it was her story and her idea. But of course, the director will not stop producing as well because he has seen so many great stories out there that lack the support of mainstream producers.
His next projects would be: a story of a modern day Filipino hero and a story about the time President Manuel Quezon had an open-door policy to save 1,300 Jews from the Holocaust.
"Transit" gave him an avenue to have connections and relationships with people in Israel and with the Israel Embassy in Manila.
Soriano said, in the future, he would love to work with John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Maricel Soriano and Sharon Cuneta. He is also interested in working with Carla Abellana ("My Husband's Lover"), Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes.
"I mean at this point I’d love to work with all our beautiful actors here or talented and great but for me the best actors are the ones that can become characters in the films that I tell."