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Maja stars in indie film ‘Thelma’

MANILA, July 2011 (Mabuhay) – Actress Maja Salvador is excited about her upcoming film “Thelma.”

Salvador said the film is based on the life of Filipino athletes, in particular, runners.

“Ang role ko dito, isa akong runner na sobra ang pangarap niya para sa pamilya niya na ginawa niya ang lahat para matupad ito,” 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.

“Itong 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,” she said.

For the film, Salvador said she had to do real training and exercises of a runner. As a result, she lost weight.

“Bale 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,” she said.

“Thelma,” produced by Time Horizon and distributed by Star Cinema, also stars Tetchie Agbayani, John Arcilla and Jason Abalos.

“Thelma” will hit theaters September 7.

Salvador is currently part of hit television series “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” with Coco Martin as the lead star. (MNS) ■

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