Jasmine Curtis-Smith is very happy that she won Best Actress for the movie Baka Bukas in the 12th C1 Originals Festival on Sunday, November 20.
In an interview with the members of the press after the awarding ceremony, Jasmine said, “I’m just really overwhelmed right now. Hindi ko maexplain. Sobrang… Kailangan ko pang tulugan ‘to para maniwala na ako talaga ‘yung nanalo.” Her first Best Actress award, the 22-year-old said that she did not imagine “that this would happen so fast and so sudden,” adding that she thought it would take more time for her to achieve the said recognition.
Acknowledging her director Samantha Lee, Jasmine said, “She was very relentless in trying to make sure to get me for her film so kung hindi siya gano’ng tipong tao siguro matagal ng nag-give up din ‘yung management ko sa pag-ayos ng schedule kasi kailangan mapursige ka talaga para makuha ‘yung gusto mo. And, I think it helped a lot na hindi lang ‘yung direktor ko ‘yung may gusto na maging part ako ng film pero ako rin mismo, gustong-gusto kong magawa ‘yung pelikula.”
Playing the role of a lesbian who falls in love with her best friend, Jasmine dedicated her win to the members of the LGBT community during her acceptance speech.
“They’ve been a big part of this film. Hindi naman namin ginawang conscious effort na ‘yun ‘yung selling point namin, eh. Ang selling point namin was it was a love story between best friends and it just so happened that they are two girls. So, for the community to support us and to really love this film beyond just watching it pero alam mo ‘yun, hanggang social media, hanggang pag-invite ng friends nila, it’s been incredible kung paano nila ma-accept so for me, parang naging validation siya na may ginawa akong tama sa pelikulang ito and I’m just really, really happy,” she said.
As for her message to the people who also had the same experience as her character Alex in the movie, Jasmine advised, “Alam niyo na kung sinong magiging idol niyo, si Alex dapat. Just go for it… This is for you, guys. This is for everyone that may go through some struggles growing up and admitting who you’re in love with regardless of sex. But you know what, (if) you’re in love, you’re in love, ‘yun na ‘yun.”