JACKIE Rice was last seen in the fantasy romcom, “My Love from the Star”. Now, she’s back in a serious drama, “Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka’, playing one of the contravidas to Yasmien Kurdi. This starts airing this coming Monday, February 26, to replace the current hit, “Haplos”.
“I play Ava Imperial, isang mayamang socialite na dating kasintahan ni Mike Tan as Marco,” she says. “Ako ang gusto ng mother niyang si Gina Alajar para sa kanya, pero mas pinili niyang pakasalan ang promding si Yasmien as Thea. Hindi ako makapag-move on sa naging relasyon namin kaya, sa tulong ni Tita Gina, gagawin ko ang lahat para bawiin ko si Mike mula kay Yasmien. ‘Yung character ko ang tiyak na gugustuhing sampalin ng viewers ng show dahil for sure na maiinis sila sa akin.”
So, is she ready for bashers who will pounce on her in social media? “Naku, sorry na lang, wala akong pakialam sa bashers. Hinahayaan ko lang silang magalit dahil hindi ako pumapatol sa kanila. Kahit kung minsan, nasasaktan ako, lalo pag personal ang mga birada nila, dinededma ko na lang. Iniisip ko na lang na kung nagagalit man sila sa akin, it only means na nabibigyan ko ng justice ang role ko at very convincing ang acting ko.”
She’s played lead roles before. Doesn’t she mind playing contravida roles now? “Okay lang naman. Magandang career path ang pagiging character actress kasi you don’t have to worry na ikaw ang magdadala ng buong show. And I guess, alam naman ng GMA kunsaan ilalagay ang mga artista nila, so happy ako. Kasi, hindi ako nawawalan ng project nang matagal, e. May guestings din naman ako sa other drama shows na bida pa rin ako, mabait pa rin, pero mas enjoy na akong nagtataray. It’s nice to be able to shift to various kinds of roles. Next, gusto ko rin ng bida-kontrabida roles, for a change.”
About her lovelife, she says she’s been loveless for sometime. “May mga nanliligaw, pero wala akong sinasagot, kasi mas masaya ang buhay ko ngayon. ‘Yung last date ko, non-showbiz, hindi kami magkaintindihan as we’re not on the same wave length. So hinihintay ko na lang kung sino ang ipapadala ni Lord sa akin. As of now, my attitude is aanhin ko naman ang love life kung lagi lang akong pinaiiyak? My past relationships, puro hindi nag-work, e. So I have to let go. I have yet to meet someone who I can feel na truly deserves me.”
RICHARD’S NEXT PROJECT: WATCH OVER HIS AND SARAH’S BABY
RICHARD Gutierrez will always remember “La Luna Sangre” as the show that successfully revived his career after he decided to rest for a while when his son Zion was born. His role as Gilbert Imperial aka Supremo aka the vampire king Sandrino has no doubt rekindled his popularity and this was proven by the very warm public reception given to him when he joined the last Bench fashion show at MOA and the ABS-CBN Christmas presentation at the Big Dome last December.
Now, as the series ends in The Apocalypse final chapter of the show, Richard learns of his brother Daniel Padilla as Tristan’s plans and is determined to gain advantage over Tristan so he can possess the two cursed links that will make him very powerful. What he doesn’t know is that Daniel and Kathryn Bernardo as Malia are now friends once more and both are working against him. This will lead to the apocalyptic battle to the finish between Supremo’s forces and that of Malia and Tristan, which is really something to look forward to.
“We’ll be ending next week and the last few episodes are really action-packed and full of surprising twists kaya abangan nyo,” says Richard at the show’s Thanksgiving and final presscon. “I took a risk when I accepted to play the contravida role here and it paid off. It expanded my horizons as an actor as I also got to work with a new network, new people, new co-stars. I will forever be grateful that the audience embraced our show from beginning to its coming end after 10 months on the air. I will surely miss my character as Sandrino and all my co-workers, lalo ngayong patapos na ang show and we’re taping everyday to make sure we’ll come up with a truly grand and memorable finale.”
So what will he do next? “I’ll do something very important, which is take a well-deserved rest.Tamang-tama naman, si Sarah (Lahbati, his partner) is due to give birth next month kaya saktung-sakto na I can devote my full time for her delivery dahil wala na akong taping. Then after I’ve rested, I’m supposed to start shooting the new movie I have with Star Cinema with Angel Locsin. I really have so much to be grateful for.”
MOVIE REVIEW: THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER
LOVE triangle movies about marital infidelity have always a been favorite genre for local filmgoers since the time of “Sapagkat Kami’y Tao Lamang” that launched the formidable triumvirate of Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Rodriguez and Marlene Dauden, who did countless other similar films.
This movie was later revived starring Christopher de Leon, Alma Moreno and Lorna Tolentino. There are several variations through the years, like “My Other Woman’’, “Relasyon”, “Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan”, “Palimos ng Pag-ibig”, “Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin”, “Ikaw at ang Gabi”, and the more recent “No Other Woman” and “A Secret Affair”.
The latest reincarnation is “The Significant Other”, directed by Joel Lamangan and scripted by Eric Ramos and Jerry Gracio. The narrative structure is very intriguing as it opens with that much ballyhooed scene where Lovi and Erich are sashaying on the ramp during a fashion show, then Tom comes along and the scene ends with them both kissing him then slapping each other. This got much publicity mileage after they really hurt one another during the shoot.
From there, how the story started is retold in flashbacks, first from the point of view of Erich who doesn’t really know she’s just a kabit, then from that of Lovi as the unsuspecting wife. “The Significant Other” is produced by the new film company, Cineko Productions, and this is their best release so far. We hope it also becomes their biggest hit as they have yet to come up with a real blockbuster.
The film has all the makings of being a box office winner as it’s a true commercial crowd pleaser, complete with several dramatic confrontation scenes resulting from infidelity and slapping scenes that, we have to admit, majority of local viewers just don’t get tired of watching. The bed scenes of Tom (what a lucky guy) with both Lovi and Erich are also truly torrid and leave very little to the imagination since both ladies are very “palaban”.
The film is not only well directed with glossy production values (the cinematographer by Rain Yamzon is definitely a big plus) but very well acted by the entire ensemble cast. Erich Gonzales is convincing as Nicolodia, the provinciana who goes to Manila to try her luck as a model and falls in love with Tom Rodriguez, the cosmetic surgeon who removes her birthmark, without knowing he’s already married to Lovi Poe as Maxene.
Tom himself does pretty well as the husband who goes astray, especially in that scene where he is pleading to Lovi to forgive him for his philandering and save their marriage. But it’s Lovi who sizzles giving a finely textured performance in several scenes. In her role as a top model, she gets to parade in several glamorous outfits and also shines in various poignant drama scenes, particularly in that scene where she goes to her husband’s clinic unannounced and discovers him in bed with someone but didn’t have the guts to confront them right then and there.
It’s a long wordless scene and she’s shown just emoting with her face and whole body until she just walks away crying. She handles it all very convincingly and touchingly, including the succeeding scene where she cooks her husband’s favorite caldereta without revealing to him she already knows that he is being unfaithful. Another memorable scene is when she finds out that the mistress of her husband is no one else but the neophyte model who she’s generously helping in her aspirations to be a successful model.
They all get splendid help from a very competent supporting cast, headed by Snooky Serna as Erich’s poor mom, Dina Bonnevie as Lovi’s balikbayan mom, Bernardo Bernardo as the owner of the modeling agency (this is his last film before he found out he’s sick, let’s all pray for his healing), Afi Africa as Lovi and Erich’s manager, and Ricci Chan stealing his only scene as designer Avel Bacudio.
How the film is given a fairly pleasing conclusion where all the characters are shown converging in a photo exhibit in the final sequence is quite a stylish resolution for this dramatic flick that will leave viewers who prefer a positive ending very much satisfied.