Now that she is 25 years old, Kim Chiu says that she no longer wants to do "pabebe" roles.
In Etiquette for Mistresses, Kim is cast as a lounge singer in Cebu who will be brought by her partner to live in Manila.
She will then meet Kris Aquino's character who will teach her the rules on being a "kabit."
"Ako si Ina. Entertainer ako dito, performer ako sa lounge," said Kim about her character in this movie directed by Chito Rono.
The 25-year-old actress said this project made her realize the challenges that singers face when performing in seedy venues.
"Tumaas ang respeto ko sa mga entertainers kasi parang mahirap pala ang ginagawa nila.
"Minsan nabobosohan sila at hinihipuan sila pero wala silang magawa kasi nagtatrabaho sila.
"Sabi ko, 'Oh my God!' Ganito pala kahirap!'"
She revealed that there is a scene where customers touch the singer's sensitive parts of the body.
"Merong eksena dun na hinihipuan...Ang hirap pala kumita ng pera!"
TELESERYE VERSUS MOVIE ACTING. Another big challenge for Kim was unlearning the "teleserye style" of acting that she has been used to doing for several years already.
"Isa pang mahirap [na ginawa ko dito] ang teleserye acting ko na ayaw ni Direk [Chito Rono].
"[Sinasabi niya], 'Kim, soap opera ka na naman!'
"[Sinasabi ko], 'Nagda-drama lang kasi ako sa soap opera. Paano po ba yung pelikulang drama?'
"Mahirap siya kasi may tamang paghinga...
"At least natutunan ko ang movie drama."
YOUNG MISTRESS. Kim admitted that she hesitated before agreeing to portray a young mistress in a movie.
It has been nine years since she was proclaimed as the winner of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition in 2006.
She feels it is time for her to choose projects that will show her maturity as an actress.
"Parang it’s time for me to mature.
"Hindi na ako dapat yung mga pabebe na patawa or pa-jologs.
“Kailangan ko rin tumanggap ng isang proyekto na magsasabi ko na actress ako at woman na ako," Kim said with a laugh.
She continued, "Pagkatapos ng movie na ito, nasabi ko na woman na pala ako.
"Marami rin akong natutunan in terms of love sa pelikulang ito and siyempre sa apat na artista nakasama ko.
"Sa love, it’s about respect, attraction, choice and decision."
According to Kim, it was co-star Kris Aquino who helped convince her to accept the project.
“Si Ate Kris, ang dami niyang sinabi hanggang sa, ‘Oo nga no? Bakit hindi ko naisip yun?’
"Parang it’s time for me to mature."
As for Kris, she considers Kim as her younger sister, which is why she often gives advice to her.
Kris pointed out, “My character kasi had to nurture the character of Kim and that is second nature to me. Kasi parati kong sinasabi na hindi man ako nabiyayaan ng anak na babae o younger sister, all in one si Kim.
"Kaya hindi naging mahirap in that sense [working with her].”
Aside from Kris and Kim, Etiquette for Mistresses also stars Claudine Barretto, Iza Calzado and Cheena Crab.
This Star Cinema movie is inspired by Jullie Yap-Daza’s best-selling book of the same title.
(Read: Kim Chiu's character in movie learns how to be a mistress from Kris Aquino)