ACTRESS Arci Munoz described screen partner Gerald Anderson as a “hot guy” but a gentleman who never took advantage of her in their long love scene in the film “Always Be My Maybe.”
“Ang hot kaya ni Gerald. Akala ko chubby s’ya kasi nagda-diet daw s’ya. Tapos sa scene namin nung nagtatangal na s’ya ng kurbata, napalunok ako. Sabi ko sa kanya off-cam, ‘Bakit ka nagda-diet pa? Bakit ka ganyan? Sabi mo mataba ka? Ang ganda pala ng katawan mo,’” said Munoz, during an interview in “Tonight with Boy Abunda” aired over ABS-CBN.
Asked if she took advantage of Anderson in their love scenes, Munoz laughed and said: “Parang ako yata ang nag-take advantage.”
An emerging leading lady in Philippine cinema, Munoz said that she and Anderson discussed their loves scenes before the shoot. “Gerald and I are very comfortable with each other. We talked muna and sabi ko basta Gerald, alalayan mo ako sa ganyang scenes kasi konti na lang ang suot natin. He’s a gentleman at hindi naman s’ya nag-take advantage.”
In preparing for any role, Munoz said: “Depende kung ano ang hinihingi ng director ko, Lagi ko po kasing sinunsunod ang pointers nila. Naglalagay din ako ng mga input at pinag-aaralan ko kung ano ang character n’ya or personality. I do character mapping.”
Munoz, 27, revealed that the love scenes in “Maybe” are so far the longest she had ever done.
“It’s really crazy and wild. It’s the longest love scene we have ever done and super daring especially for me who comes from a super conservative family. Sabi ko, ‘Direk Dan, parang paunti nang paunti na ang suot ko ha.’ Sabi n’ya, ‘Ok lang ba Arci para sa ikagaganda lang ng movie natin?’ Sabi ko, ‘OK lang, Direk, sige lang.’ Sabi ni Direk, ‘Iingatan naman namin.’ At sabi ko, ‘OK lang. At saka Gerald Anderson naman ’yan pagkakataon ko na,’” Munoz laughed.
Munoz said that she would rather not let her boyfriend watch the movie because of the love scenes.
“Huwag ka nang manood!” the actress roared into laughter again.
Munoz said that she was grateful for the romantic-comedy movie under Star Cinema which she dedicates to her father.
“I am overwhelmed and grateful for this wonderful opportunity and the chance to showcase my talent. I just dedicate this to my dad. Para sa kanya ang lahat ng ’yan,” she said.
Munoz also said that she never had a difficult time in accepting the role because she could relate to it.
“Nung pini-pitch pa lang nila sa akin yung movie, sabi ko, game. Sobra akong naka-relate. Siguro naman lahat naman tayo naging biktima ng mga pa-fall or if not tayo ang naging pa fall,” she added.
Asked about her thoughts on marriage, Munoz said: Ang pinaka-importante kasi sa boys ’yung mga freedom nila. Once they have decided to get married, ni-let go na nila ang
freedom nila. I will get married kung kelan ako ready hindi yun kung kelan ko gusto.
Pag lumampas ka ng 30 pahirapan na ang manganak. Ganun ang mga girls. Pero ako I’ll get married when I’m ready.”
Munoz, who graduated from the University of the Philippines, rose to fame when she entered the Kapuso reality show Starstruck in 2005. In 2008, she represented the Philippines in the Asia Supermodel contest.
Munoz transferred to ABS-CBN in 2014 and was cast in the series ‘Pasion De Amor’ in 2015. She is also the lead vocalist of the band Philia.