Marital infidelity and revenge are themes to be tackled in Regal Entertainment’s upcoming movie titled My Neighbor’s Wife.
This sexy drama is about two pairs of couples who have been friends for a long time. Jake Cuenca and Carla Abellana portray a married couple who already have a child while Dennis Trillo and Lovi Poe are paired in this movie.
Their friendship is put to the test when the characters of Jake and Lovi engage in extramarital sex.
Written and directed by Jun Lana, My Neighbor’s Wife is said to feature torrid kissing scenes and sizzling love scenes among the lead stars.
When the guys were asked to describe the steamy scenes that they did for the movie, Jake says, "Ang love scene namin ni Lovi, it was more of lust. Yung tipong lasing ka tapos may mangyari."
Dennis points out that the intimate scenes were done in various locations.
"Mas nauna kong nakasama si Lovi sa mga ganung klaseng eksena. Dito sa pelikulang ito, parang wala kaming ginawang love scene sa kama...puro sa iba’t ibang lugar. Sa banyo, sa kusina, sa ibabaw ng mesa.
"Yung fact na ganun ang eksena, mag-iinit ka talaga lalo na ang ka-eksena mo si Lovi Poe at Carla Abellana. Mag-iinit ka talaga."
Since Dennis already had the chance to do intimate scenes with both Carla and Lovi, he was asked to name the particular love scene that is the most sizzling for him.
He paused for a while before answering, "Yung kay Lovi sa banyo. Makikita n’yo sa trailer. Yung kay Carla naman sa kusina."
When pressed to describe where he and Carla did their love scene, Dennis recalled, "Sa lababo...iba-iba."
After shooting their love scene, Lovi and Jake reportedly did not get up right away and spent some time together on the bed. Is this true?
Jake said with a smile: "Ang kumportable ng kama, e." He then added seriously: "Tinatakpan ko siya kasi ang daming tao at ang daming camera. Nung ginagawa namin ang mga eksena na ’to, napag-usapan namin na aalagaan namin ang mga babae. Tinakpan ko siya ng kumot, ng unan."
For her part, Lovi explained, "I think the part you’re talking about is the shot na papunta sa likod so hindi pa kami puwede gumalaw."
DEALING WITH INFIDELITY. Since My Neighbor’s Wife is about marital infidelity, the lead stars were asked what they would do if they found out their partner cheated on them.
Carla says that she will not resort to revenge even if she finds out that her partner is a two-timer.
"Napakahirap for the four of us, particularly for Jake and I. May anak na kaming five years old sa start ng pelikula so mahirap at challenge sa aming dalawa na dapat convincing na mag-asawa na kami nang matagal.
"If I were in the position of my character, kung mangyari man sa akin, huwag naman sana, hindi ko gagawin kung ano ang ginawa ng character ko dito sa pelikula. Kung may mangyari mang infidelity, whether ako or yung asawa ko, I will try to turn things around and correct things.
"Hindi ko palalalain at hindi ko rin pababayaan. Definitely kung ano ang ginawa ng character ko dito, it’s not something I would consider. Siyempre, family pa rin, husband and my child.
Will she be willing to forgive her partner if he does commit infidelity?
"Yes, that’s also part of marriage. Kahit ano pang mangyari, nag-commit ka sa tao na yun at sa harap ng Diyos na forever. Forgiveness is definitely part."
Lovi says that she would handle the situation differently, compared to her character.
"For me, I wouldn’t do the same kasi nag-start ang problem. Difficult ako dito, hindi ako marunong makisama kay Dennis Trillo. Kumbaga yung mga bagay na hindi naman kailangan, pinipilit ko pa rin.
"Pag ganun na hindi magaan ang pamumuhay namin, mas mabuti na magtulungan na lang kami kaysa sa yung pahirapan ko siya.
Carla then pointed out that they have different treatments for the different love scenes required in the film.
"Sabi ni Direk Jun, sa pelikulang ito makikita mo ang iba’t ibang klaseng love scenes. Tama ang sabi ni Jake na iba ang love scene ng mag-asawa compared to the love scene of a couple na result of a drunken night.
"Siyempre, mas mainit at mas passionate ang love scene ng dalawang nakainom kaysa sa love scene ng dalawang mag-asawa."
Direk Jun Lana emphasized that there is more to My Neighbor’s Wife than just the love scenes.
"Tuwing magsu-shoot kami, humihingi pa ako ng iba’t ibang versions. Na-challenge sila dun. Hindi lang lahat ng klase ng love scenes, lahat ng klase ng iyak ginawa nila dito, may breakdown, ginawa nila dito.
"Ang sabi nga ni Dennis [may love scene] sa sahig, sa banyo, nagawa na dito. At nagawa naman yun dahil lahat sila napaka-professional."
DARING CARLA. This adult-themed movie is a definite departure for Carla since she has appeared in kid-friendly shows such as Jillian: Namamasko Po and Magic Palayok.
"Super nakakakaba. Sabi ko nga, how do you prepare for a love scene? Wala yatang makakasagot niyan. Puwede kang mag-internalize but the best way is to trust your own director. Kailangan alisin mo ang kaba mo and gawin mo."
How did she feel about wearing a two-piece bikini in front of the cameras?
"If the movie calls for it, wala tayong magagawa, ganun talaga. At some point in your career, meron kang mga dapat patunayan. Hindi naman puwedeng forever na may ganito kang inihibitions. Kailangan you let go of that para at least ma-overcome mo ang inhibitions mo."
Did Carla aim to match the sexiness of Lovi in this movie?
"Hindi naman sa kailangan ko siyang pantayan or insecure ako. Magkaiba tayo ng katawan na binigay ng Diyos, so on my own, gawin na lang...We’ll see."
An article about Carla’s supposed rivalry with Lovi sparked the exchange of words between Carla and an entertainment columnist during this same press conference.
In the said article, Carla was quoted as saying: "The biggest challenge here for me is Lovi Poe. Kasi all out siya sa sexy scenes niya so I felt obligated na pantayan yung ginagawa niya kasi kung hindi, ano na lang ang mangyayari sa ’kin sa movie? Mapag-iiwanan ako."
Carla denied that she uttered these statements.
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JAKE’S BOLDEST MOVIE? Does Jake consider My Neighbor’s Wife his boldest movie to date?
"I wouldn’t say bold but I would say this is the most sensual project that I’ve done. I’ve done a few teleseryes and In the Name of Love [movie with Angel Locsin and Aga Muhlach] required me to show some skin.
"But in terms of sexuality, you really have to open up first. Kailangan walang inhibitions, all of us."
My Neighbor’s Wife will open in cinemas starting September 14, 2011.