What You Need To Know About Alden Richards and Julia Montes’ First Movie Team-Up

"Try nating manakit ng limang beses."

Here’s what we know so far about ‘Five Break-Ups and a Romance,’ the special movie collaboration headlined by Alden Richards and Julia Montes.

After the landmark collaboration between ABS-CBN and GMA Network for Unbreak My Project comes another momentous offering that finds the media giants teaming up once again. In what is a welcome surprise for everyone, Asia’s Multimedia Star Alden Richards and Kapamilya’s Daytime Drama Queen Julia Montes are set to be the lead stars of a new romantic drama film. 

To be honest, it’s a pairing we never knew we needed. But knowing Alden and Julia’s caliber as artists and the creative team that’s behind it, we’re in for a different and exciting cinematic experience. Below are what we know so far about Five Break-Ups and a Romance that is, by the looks of things, are sure to break your hearts in more ways than one.

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“How many times will you try for love?” While most of the story is still under wraps, Five Break-Ups and a Romance is described to be a “modern love story” that tackles the “complexities of romance and relationships” today. Alden Richards plays Lance Sandoval, a character he describes as easygoing and shameless, while Julia Montes is the career-driven Justine. 

Alden Richards and Julia Montes
Photo from GMA Pictures

“In this film, [we try to answer] how can you balance career and love,” shares Julia in the movie’s media announcement. “With love, we don’t know when and how to stop.” It will be written and directed by Irene Villamor, who previously helmed Ulan, Sid & Aya, and her last feature film, Ikaw at Ako at ang Ending.

“My movies are about strangers meeting. Hindi natin nakikita yung relationship,” shares direk Irene Villamor. “Ngayon, nag-dwell ako sa relationship. Gaano ka-complicated? Gaano ka hirap? Gaano ka sarap? Kaya siya five breakups. Try nating manakit ng limang beses.” Welp, are you guys ready for it? It’s also confirmed that Five Break-Ups will be set in Singapore and Bonifacio Global City.


Cast and team behind 'Five Break-Ups and a Romance'
Photo from GMA Pictures

Five Break-Ups and a Romance marks the first time GMA Pictures will work with Cornerstone Entertainment’s production arm Cornerstone Studios. This is also the first film project for Alden Richards’ multimedia outfit MYRIAD Corporation, which was behind the The Eraserheads reunion concert last year. Former Star Cinema Managing Director Malou N. Santos is also involved in the project and will serve as a creative consultant.


This project also marks Alden Richards’ big-screen comeback four years after the blockbuster romantic drama Hello, Love, Goodbye, which also saw Alden in a historic pairing with Kathryn Bernardo. Regarding his character in Five Break-Ups and a Romance, Alden further reveals it is something that he’s never done before. 

Alden Richards with director Irene Villamor and Julia Montes
Photo from GMA Pictures

“Ang safe ko kasi with the roles that I play, ayaw ko nang maging safe,” shares Alden. “It’s about time, I’m not getting any younger with roles. ‘Yung being not safe doesn’t necessarily mean na go all-out. Being not safe anymore means [breaking] out of the usual.” He adds that he’s got a much bad-boy attitude in this movie that people have never seen him play before. 


While Five Break-Ups and a Romance is still in production and has only had two shooting days so far, Alden Richards and Julia Montes’ effortless connection in their interviews together is undeniable. Even direk Irene couldn’t help but share how she’s satisfied by the duo’s fresh pairing. “First reading pa lang namin, ang saya ko na,” she says. 

“Isa siya sa mga leading ladies so far, by far, na unang meeting pa lang, wala nang pretensions. Naramdaman mo na yung sincerity,” says Alden. Julia, on the other hand, is struck by Alden’s kindness. “Nagulat ako, hindi na ko magkukunwari. I’m honored and happy to work with him.” 

It’s heartwarming to know that even if this is the first time that Alden and Julia will work together in a project, it’s obvious how the two seem to have already developed a special rapport; something that is exciting to see translated on the big screen.

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