For the first time, Alessandra de Rossi did an intimate scene for the movie Sakaling Hindi Makarating with leading man JC Santos.
It will be recalled that Alessandra has always refused to do daring scenes on TV, which is why she even turned down her supposed villain role in Marian Rivera's Temptation of Wife. Alessandra was eventually replaced by Glaiza de Castro.
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked her during a video interview about this scene, she simply said that she did for "a certain extent."
During the press conference of Sakaling Hindi Makarating last January 17, Alex revealed how she was convinced to do the scene by director Ice Idanan.
She said, "Kasi noong nabasa ko yung script, yun talaga yung tinawag ko kay Ice.
"Sabi ko, 'I love it, I love it, I love it… But, wait!'
"'Meron kasing scene dito na parang hindi ko maibibigay yung best ko.'
"Kumbaga sa movies kasi, ayoko ng nako-compromise yung ganda ng istorya. Kung hindi kaya ng artista, huwag mo na lang gawin."
"Sinasabi ko nung umpisa pa lang, 'Ice, hindi ko kaya tong eksenang ito.
"'So it's either iko-conduct mo siya or maghanap ka ng artistang gagawin yung best niya or maghanap ka ng artistang magaling lang sa scene na yun tapos the rest hindi magaling. Pero hindi ko kaya yan!'" she then ended with a laugh.
Good thing though that Direk Ice also had the same sentiments.
Alessandra continued, "Sabi niya, 'Ako din naman, hindi rin comfortable magpakita ng mga ganun.
"'Naniniwala naman akong hindi siya kailangan ipakita, i-insinuate mo lang, may ganyang pangyayari pero ipakita natin, hindi naman kailangan."
Sakaling Hindi Makarating is a 2016 CineFilipino entry that won Second Best Picture and six other awards in the film fest: Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Musical Score, and Best Actor for Pepe Herrera.
It will be shown nationwide starting February 1, 2017.
JC Santos is glad that he and Alex are already comfortable with each other.
He said, "Ako, comfortable naman kami sa isa't isa. I respect the whole process of Alex.
"Actually, hindi naman ako nahirapan talaga, hindi ko naman naging problema.
"Nagrereact pa rin naman ako ng maayos, kailangan ko rin maging sincere. Si Direk na yung nagdrive kung papano gagawin [yung eksena].
Alex also joked, "Sabi ko lang, basta mukha ni JC yung iclose up pag sexy face na! Hindi ko kaya!"
How did Direk Ice mounted the scene without compromising Alex's reservations?
She said, "I focused on the moments kasi it's a very intimate scene and I really wanted it to be classy.
"Yung pag pinanuod mo, hindi ka magki-cringe, yung kikiligin ka, so I focused on the eyes, mga basang buhok.
"It’s the details that you remember if these things happen so I wanted to show that."
Aside from Alex and JC, Sakaling Hindi Makarating is also topbilled by Pepe Herrera.