Arci Munoz was moved to tears when she was asked to do a provocative sex act for her new movie titled Open.
She revealed this during her Facebook Live interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) held last July 18.
Open is one of the official entries of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) 2019 that will run from September 13 to 19, 2019 in all cinemas nationwide.
Starring Arci and JC Santos, Open is one of the seven PPP feature films. Three other films will be showcased under the Sandaan showcase in line with the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema.
In Open, Rome (played by Arci) and Ethan (played by JC) have been together for 14 years. When the two begin to feel that their relationship has gone stale, they explore the idea of going open.
Arci narrated, "Tungkol siya sa open relationship. Fourteen years na sila together tapos naging parang boring na.
"Kaya nag-decide kami...actually idea niya na mag open relationship. Kami pa rin pero pwede kami mag-date. Si Ina Raymundo yung basta..."
Arci said her character is very liberated and described her by saying, "Pa-pokpok na nga ako dun, e!"
When asked to describe her leading man, Arci said that seeing JC reminds her of the days when she was still a Theater Arts student in the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
"Si JC binabalik yung memories ko sa UP. Parang estudyante, taga-U.P. kumilos, magsalita. Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Pag nakikita kita, naalaala ko, U.P. campus."
JC did a butt exposure scene for the movie Open and when asked about this, Arci quipped, "Nakita ko na ang lahat ng hindi ko dapat makita! Nakita ko na lahat! Wala nang tinago si JC."
The Kapamilya actress even took it upon herself to check if JC's private parts would be seen in their scenes.
"Si JC game na game! Si JC wala talaga. Siyempre concerned ako. Siya naman, sinasabi niya, 'Okay lang, mars.'"
In the Guilty or Not Guilty challenge during her PEP Live interview, Arci was asked: Did she ever cry over a role that she did not want to do?
The actress candidly admitted that this happened recently when she shot Open with director Andoy Ranay.
"Si Direk Andoy. Sabi ko, 'Ayoko talaga, ayoko talaga mag-bl*j*b!" said Arci with a laugh.
"Sabi niya yung mukha dadayain. Sabi ko, 'Iiyak ako! Iiyak ako!'
"Tapos tawa lang siya ng tawa. Sabi niya, 'Ano ka ba, role lang yan.'"
Was she convinced to do this act for the big screen?
Arci answered, "Basta tingnan na lang nila. Malalaman na lang nila."
During her PEP Facebook Live interview, Arci also recalled that there was a time when she already wanted to quit showbiz.
This was before she was cast as Norma Elizondo-Samonte in the Filipino adaptation of the Mexicanovela Pasion de Amor.
Ruel Santos Bayani (RSB) is currently the business unit head of ABS-CBN's RSB Drama Unit, which produced teleseryes such as Pasion de Amor (2015) and Wildflower (2017).
Arci pointed out that she got to work with Direk Ruel when he was still with GMA-7.
"Si Direk Ruel Bayani ang unang-unang director ko after StarStruck. Nung time na yun, nasa kabilang network pa kaming dalawa. Pinag-audition niya ako para sa soap ni Ate Marian [Rivera], kapatid ako ni Kuya Wendell [Ramos]."
She was referring to the 2006 teleserye Agawin mo man ang lahat.
Arci got her big break in showbiz when she joined the GMA-7 artista search StarStruck 3: The Nationwide Invasion in 2005.
From 2010 to 2014, she was seen in TV5 shows until she transferred to ABS-CBN in 2015.
Arci recalled how she became one of the leading ladies in the provocative teleserye Pasion de Amor.
"Ang tagal nang project yung Pasion de Amor. Sabi ni Direk Ruel, naalaala niya ako kaya pinag-audition niya ako.
"Kasi nung panahon na yun, ayaw ko na rin mag-showbiz. Sabi ko, ayoko na mag-artista.
"E, tinawagan ni RSB [Ruel S. Bayani] ang management ko nung time na yun. Kaya ang laki ng utang na loob ko sa kanya kasi naalaala niya ako after all those years."
Arci is currently busy shooting the Kapamilya teleserye with the working title Project Kapalaran.
"Pampamilya ang palabas na ito.
"Yung Mabunga family may walong magkakapatid at yung mga pangalan nila, fruits kasi Mabunga family sila.
"Si JM de Guzman si Chico. Best friend niya ako.
"Kaya nila ako kinuha kasi magagamit nila ang chemistry kasi magkaibigan talaga kami sa totoong buhay."
In 2016, Arci had the chance to act opposite Gerald Anderson in the hit movie Always Be My Maybe.
Will she be doing a follow-up movie with her former leading man?
"May pinitch lang. Hindi pa na-pitch actually. Nabanggit lang," Arci disclosed.
Watch Arci talk about Open on the video below: