Vilma Santos Plays a Bit Player but Wins Best Actress Awards in ‘Extra’

It is a little bit hard to imagine when Vilma Santos, the Philippine cinema’s star for all seasons, portrays an ordinary movie worker in a film.

Santos plays a bit player in her first independent film, ‘Extra’ but she wins the first Cinemalaya Best Actress Award.

She has never experienced being an ‘extra’ in real life.

The actress and Batangas governor said that in her first movie, ‘Trudis Liit,’ she was already cast as the lead and has always wondered what is it like to be an ordinary movie worker.

‘Extra’ is a drama-comedy which follows a usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as a bit player.

Santos is in the title role of ‘Extra’ and it topped the box office in all four venues of the just concluded Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

Santos said that the success of the film, left her at a loss for words and she was so nervous since it is her firm indie film.

Santos finds the film’s strong performance inspiring and hopes to make more indie films in the future, although her being a public servant is still her priority.