Beauty queen turned
actress Riza Santos reportedly earned the ire of Ruffa Gutierrez after she kept the entire cast and crew of ABS-CBN's new series I Love Betty La Fea waiting for hours on one of its recent tapings.
Aside from turning up way beyond her set call time, the Filipino-Canadian
stunner did not even bother to offer an explanation for her tardiness or at
least greet the people present at the set, Ruffa recalled.
"Ayoko na sanang palakihin
‘to pero ang sa ‘kin lang naman, you know, sana just say 'hi' naman to your
co-stars, say 'hi' to your director, mga kasamahan mo. Kasi ‘yon ang itinuro sa
akin ng mga magulang ko, e, na kailangan lahat ng mga senior stars, lahat ng mga
kasamahan mo sa showbiz, kailangan batiin mo para pakikisama," shared Ruffa
yesterday, September 7, with The Buzz
during a sit-down interview.
IN LATE. Based on what she heard and knew at the time, Ruffa
said that Riza's call time was seven o' clock in the evening but she showed up at
around 11 p.m.
"Last eksena ko na ‘yon.
So, gusto ko na talagang umuwi kasi I wasn't feeling that well, at saka
siyempre gusto ko naman makasama si Lorin at saka si Venice kaya parang
excited din ako umuwi kasi kokonti lang ‘yong mga eksena ko for that day,"
For a supposed quick
take, Riza's absence consequently forced Ruffa and the staff to stay and linger
around the set until near midnight.
Encountering a late
co-star is not a rarity in the world of show business and Ruffa stressed that
she was initially willing to put Riza's blunder behind to avoid stalling the
shoot further. What irked the actress-TV host, however, was her co-star's
apparent lack of courtesy the moment she arrived.
Said Ruffa: "Ang sa
akin lang, kung ‘yong mga bida na si Bea Alonzo at si John Lloyd Cruz laging maaga
sa set, on time, lahat po binabati mula sa mga crew hanggang sa director nila,
napakabait po nila kahit mga superstar sila.
"You know, frustrated
lang ako kasi minsan sa mga baguhan na wala silang parang respeto sa mga
nakakatanda sa kanila, na sana bumati naman sila."
A source from Viva—the firm managing Riza's career—defended the former Pinoy Big Brother
housemate by saying that their talent was not aware of her taping schedule that
day, thus making the entire incident a case of miscommunication between the production
team and Riza's group.
Ruffa argued that Riza
could have at least issued an apology, particularly to the director, for all
the hassle she had caused.
"At that point lang,
Tito Boy, whether she was stuck in traffic or whether she had a big problem, you
know, ang sa amin lang sana she could have said sorry man lang to the director
because all of us were just waiting for her."
The daughter of former
matinee idol Eddie Gutierrez and feisty manager Annabelle Rama still managed to
keep her composure and was able to complete all the required takes in the span
of an hour. After the shoot and before leaving the set, Ruffa—who by then was
just waiting for Riza to give her side—finally decided to lecture the newbie on
the ethics of professionalism.
"So parang one hour nang
natapos ‘yong scene or 30 minutes, wala pa din po siyang sinasabi. Kumbaga parang,
wala lang. So, when I stood up, I said, ‘Okay, bye everyone, bye!'"
attention to Riza, Ruffa said, "'You know, Riza, next time don't make
anyone wait,' sabi kong ganun. ‘If you wanna make it in this business, be
professional,' and I just left but still she didn't say anything after that."