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Vilma Santos answers Boy Abunda’s sexy questions, Reveals beauty secret

Vilma Santos talks about working with Angel Locsin, Bb. Joyce Bernal, and what she will include in her autobiography

BY CRISTINA MALONZO-BALANE

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1/29/2016 11:30 AM
Vilma Santos answers Boy Abunda’s sexy questions, Reveals beauty secret


012916-vilma_main.jpgOn Tonight with Boy Abunda, Everything About Her star and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto said there is 20 percent similarity between her and her character Vivian in the movie.

Vilma, just like Vivian, is also self-made woman and a hard worker. “Tinrabaho niya kung saan siya napunta.”

She also revealed the inspiration for her character and the movie. “Nung una namin itong pinagisipan inspired ito nung (The) Devil Wears Prada, ang ganda nung role ni Meryl Streep. ‘Di ba iba naman, so nung nagtatanong sila Inang (Direk Olivia Lamasan), ‘anong concept ang pwede nating magawa for your next movie?’ Sabi ko, ‘Inang’ o kay Malou (Santos), ‘baka naman pwede yung something like Devil Wears Prada.’ Pero nung ginawa yung script yun lang yung peg, pero malayong-malayo ang istorya. So yung pag-create ng character ni Vivian dito, nagbigay sa akin ng excitement kasi hindi lang mayaman, ano pa, impakta pa. Kaya lang ang maganda naman may redeeming factor.”

Asked if she is difficult to direct, the Star for All Seasons said, “no, I don't think so kasi isa akong aktor na naniniwala na kahit pwede akong magbigay ng suhestiyon at the end of the day ang kapitan pa rin ng barko ay ang director so the respect … Puwede ako mag-suggest pero ‘pag pinilit niya yun wala akong magagawa dahil siya ang kapitan.”

Furthermore, Vilma corroborated actor Xian Lim’s observation of Direk Bb. Joyce’s directing style. “Ang ginagawa ni Direk nire-rehearse niya ako dun sa kuwarto ko, tapos ‘papano kami ni Xian (Lim), hindi-hindi he will not see you’ and then nirerehearse niya si Xian sa kwarto rin ni Xian so nung first time quiet na quiet kasi first meeting namin talaga so nung encounter namin ni Xian isang rehearsal lang and first time ko rin makakaharap si Xian sa eksena so nandun yung hindi kayo familiar sa isa’t isa, which I guess is napakalaking tulong sa mga aktor. So ganun kami mino-motivate ni Bb. joyce Bernal tapos nung parang kay Angel (Locsin) nung first time din namin kay Angel sabi niya ‘Tita sorry hindi kita puwedeng kausapin bawal kasi.’ Sabi ko, ‘ayaw rin kitang makausap.”



012916-vilma_main.jpgVilma said this happened right before her scene in the clinic, where the doctor informs Vivian that she has cancer. “Hindi kami dapat magkita so when I see her, kung galit ako sa kanya, dapat ganun yung pakiramdam ko hindi ako dapat relaxed sa kanyaAng laking tulong and first time kong ma-encounter yun ha, in more than 50 years, na ganung klaseng motivation ang binibigay ng director na literally hindi kayo paghaharapin para walang familiarity.”

Angel plays Jaica, Vivian’s caregiver in the movie. On how it is working with Angel as an actor, the veteran actress saID, “Angel is good, without doubt. Ang ganda rin ng pagkagawa niya ng character niya rito ang peg niya rito bilang Jaica ay si Bb. Joyce Bernal yung anything goes, yung kung anong gusto niya sasabihin niya and ang galing-galing ni Angel dito. Pero yung role niya dito as Jaica, I think bago lang ito ginawa, makikita natin kung gaano siya kagaling.”

When asked what kind of actress Angel is, Vilma answered, “Seryoso, parang yung director namin, she won’t settle for less even sa rehearsal namin. Nagta-try siya ng iba-ibang paraan how to say it or kung minsan sumosobra ang expression niya pinag-aaralan niya yun. So nakakahanga ang mga ganung klase ng artista because they’re not taking it for granted e sineseryoso yung trabaho. Nakakatulong yun sa kaeksena mo, like in my case, kasi ang pinakamahirap yung seryoso ka iniisip mo yung dapat gawin for a scene and then yung kaeksena mo mukhang ayaw ibigay, bahala na, mahirap sa artista yun.”

Vilma, aside from being a multi-awarded actress, is also one of the longest reigning box office queens of Philippine Cinema. How does she make people relax when she is present? “I always tell them na no such thing sa Vilma Santos, the award winning actress. You’re only as good as your last film, hindi porke binigyan ka ng award bilang best actress, hindi ibig sabihin na ikaw na ang pinakamagaling. No such thing. Everyday is a learning process, kaming mga sinasabing nagka-award na te-take 10 din kami, ( . . . ) Yung longevity ba sa industriya dun medyo lamang kami ng konti, pero yung sasabihin mo magkakaron kami ng eksena matatakot na, of course not. Pareho lang tayong aarte, magtutulungan tayo dahil pag hindi mo ako tinulungan babagsak din ako, you get me, so pareho tayong importante, walang Vila Santos dito, pareho lang tayong aktor sa pelikula.”


012916-vilma_main.jpgVilma’s youngest son Ryan Christian Recto, recently introduced his girlfriend to his parents, Vilma and Senator Ralph Recto. When asked what she thinks of Ryan’s girlfriend, Vilma laughed and said, “baka mag-break sila…” She then turned serious and said, “definitely, we’re very happy for Ryan, binata na. I mean Ryan is 19 (years old), second year college, pero tungkol sa girlfriend niya, isa langa ang masasabi ko, I think he’s happy. Ayaw ko nang mag-elaborate, ayoko na, patay ako sa anak ko.”

There is also talk that Vilma is thinking of coming out with a “tell all” autobiography. Host Boy Abunda asked Vilma, “Will you really tell all?” Vilma said, “Ino-offeran ako na gustong gawing libro ang buhay ko and then sabi niya (Ricky Lo) tell all, sabi ko hindi pwedeng tell all.” When prodded by the host why she cannot tell all, Vilma candidly said, “may mga sikreto pa akong di niyo dapat malaman.” Vilma even jokingly gave her autobiography a title: “Abstract.”

On what she would include in her autobiography and where she will start in telling her story, Vilma said, “Siguro kung papaano muna ako pinalaki ng magulang ko and then alam ng lahat na nine years old nagtatrabaho na ako na ang sweldo ko sa unang-una kong pelikula ko 700 pesos. Nagkakaroon ako ng mga stage show na ang bayad ko 30 pesos, na ang magulang ko may hawak na twalya para wag lang akong mahamugan. Ang role ko sa pyesta yung drama, ang drama huli e, mga alas tres ng madaling araw. Ibig ko sabihin dinaanan ko rin lahat yun and then maybe kung papaano ako naging artista nung nine years old, naging teenager, yung Vi and Bot ‘di ba.. And then after ng Vi and Bot, the turning point of my career, kung papaano ko dinisisyunan yung Burlesk Queen, turning point ko. Paano ako naging dramatic actress, paano ako nakakuha ng mga roles na liberated woman and then later on siguro yung paano ako naidirek ng mga ace director natin and then yung pagka medyo pagod na ako mag-artista gusto ko (maging) direktor parang Laurice Guillen or Marilou Diaz Abaya yung ganun… (Tapos) napasok ako sa politika so now I’m a public servant.”

Boy also reminded Vilma of the time in her life when she struggled financially. Vilma said, “Struggles, siguro yan ang isang magandang pwede kong ilagay sa libro kasi sa mga artistang nakasama ko mula kay Marvin Agustin at kay Piolo Pascual, yan yung mga binabahagi ko sa kanila, that time nung naging financially down ako, talaga literal zero financially, paano ako nakarecover. That's why I tell them, alagaan niyo ang pera ninyo. Ako I was blessed na nabigyan ng second chance to recover, what if hindi ka mabigyan? Na after mong kumita at lahat, nawala na, yan ang binabahagi ko sa kanila kasi hindi madali yung pagrecover. It's a matter of acceptance, but the thing is trabahuhin mo, pero kapag ginantihan ka naman ni Lord, grabe sobra, doble-doble, triple pa.”  

Vilma shared that her last movie was three years ago and before she agreed to do Everything About Her, she asked for the blessing/consent from constituents.

On the segment Fast Talk, Vilma reveals her beauty secret as “when you’re happy inside.”

Asked if Angel and boyfriend Luis Manzano should already tie the knot, Vilma said, “inyo na yun, kayo na magdesisyun nun, nakasuporta lang ako.”

Vilma also didn’t balk from answering Boy’s sexy questions. She says the last time she felt sexy was “two months ago.” The sexiest part of Ralph’s body is “his feet.”

The Governor also chose “lights on” over lights off. She even prompted Boy, “may isa pa, may isa pa!” Boy then asked her, “Sex or chocolates?” Vilma answered, “Can I eat chocolates while doing sex?”

Vilma also thinks the best time for sex is in the morning.