Salvador said the film is based on the life of Filipino athletes, in particular, runners.
â€œAng role ko dito, isa akong runner na sobra ang pangarap niya para sa pamilya niya na ginawa niya ang lahat para matupad ito,â€ said Salvador.
She clarified that the film is not the based on the true-to-life story of athlete Elma Muros. However, she said it was Muros who actually trained her.
â€œItong Thelma kasi, bago nila isulat ito, nag-interview sila ng runners sila, hanggang sa nabuo, yung kwento ng ganitong runner, hindi yung kay Ms. Elma,â€ she said.
For the film, Salvador said she had to do real training and exercises of a runner. As a result, she lost weight.
â€œBale si Ms. Elma siya ang nag-train sa akin, kasama ko siyang mag-training…Talagang mahirap ang pinagawa niya sa akin habang nagte-training kami. Kung ano ang ginagawa ng runners, yun ang ginagawa namin. Six weeks kaming nag-training,â€ she said.
â€œThelma,â€ produced by Time Horizon and distributed by Star Cinema, also stars Tetchie Agbayani, John Arcilla and Jason Abalos.
â€œThelmaâ€ will hit theaters September 7.
Salvador is currently part of hit television series â€œMinsan Lang Kita Iibiginâ€ with Coco Martin as the lead star. (MNS) â–