TOTOO BA: Angel Locsin refused to do fight scenes with Maja Salvador in The Legal Wife?

by James Patrick Anarcon
Mar 24, 2020
Angel Locsin admits she initially hesitated to do her fight scene with Maja Salvador in The Legal Wife. She says, "Ayokong gawin kasi ayoko ngang magkasakitan kami ni Maja. Kasi yung una, from simpleng confrontation, naging parang wow, wrestling! Naging ganun ang dating."
PHOTO/S: The Legal Wife (ABS-CBN)

Is it true that Angel Locsin was hesitant to do her controversial fight scene with Maja Salvador in The Legal Wife?

In The Legal Wife, which aired in 2014, Angel played Monica, the wife of Adrian (Jericho Rosales) who had an affair with Monica's best friend, Nicole (Maja).

Their confrontation scenes often led to physical fights.

One of the most controversial scenes was when Angel's character confronted Maja. This led to an intense catfight wherein Maja's hair extensions got pulled out of her hair.

In an interview with Jeepney TV's Showbiz Pa More in early 2019, host Jhai Ho took a trip down memory lane and asked Angel how she prepared for her fight scene with Maja in The Legal Wife.

Angel admits that she initially refused to do the intense fight scene.

She said, "Pinaghandaan ko siya bilang ayokong gawing yung eksena, as in tinatanggihan ko, "No!" As in discussion talaga.

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"Ayokong gawin kasi ayoko ngang magkasakitan kami ni Maja. Kasi yung una, from simpleng confrontation, naging parang wow, wrestling! Naging ganun ang dating.

"So sabi ko, 'Ayoko po, kausapin niyo po si Maja.'

"Ayokong isipin niya na nagkasakitan kami, ayokong magkaroon ng issue sa The Legal Wife na, 'Ay, ganyan, nagkatotohanan!'

"So gusto ko po sana, kung gagawin natin ito, sasabihin ng direktor kung anong blocking niya, kung ilang sampal, ilang ganyan, kung saan po, para alam po ng ka-eksena ko."

Angel even talked to Maja and asked her to use a stunt double for the scene.

"Tapos kinausap ko si Maja, 'Maja, huwag mong gawin. Gusto mo, magpadouble ka na lang kung ganito?'

"[Sabi niya], 'Hindi, sige po, okay lang po!' Um-oo, um-oo. Okay, sige!

"E, di nagdadasal na ako, kasi ayoko yung mga ganyan. Yung mga sumisigaw sigaw, ayoko ng mga ganun. So, nag-nailcutter na ako."

Angel even remembered asking Maja to remove her hair extensions, since the scene would entail a lot of hair-pulling moments.

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"[Sabi ko], 'Maj, gusto mo tanggalin natin hair extensions para di ka masaktan?'

"'Hindi, okay lang po, tinanggal ko na po,' sabi ni Maja. 'Tinanggal ko na po ate.'

"'Tapos, i-blinocking na kami ni Direk Rory Quintos, kung ano yung sampal, ilan yung sampal, saan yung mga ganyan, kung saan mismo.

"Tapos, ang usapan, one take! Tapos habang ano pa, sabi ni Direk, 'Ibigay mo lahat, huwag kang mag-hold back because baka ulitin natin, mas masasaktan siya!

"So ito na nagdadasal na talaga ako. Nire-ready ko na si Monica, si Monica, si Monica."

Maja ended up having bruises because of the fight scene.

Angel recalled, "Actually, alalay siya, ha. Pero sa dami, alam ko, nagkapasa si Maja, e.

"Thankful din ako kay Maja kasi she's game. Di ba, di namin magagawa yung ganyang eksena.

"Pero after niyan, tingin nila, gustung-gusto kong manakit ng tao pero kung alam lang nila, ayoko talagang gawin yan kasi nanginginig nga ako, kasi ayoko ng ganyang eksena, yung mga nagkakasakitan!"

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Angel is thankful that viewers really tuned in to The Legal Wife despite its late timeslot.

Its all-time high rating, according to Kantar Media, was 36.2%, its final episode. It currently holds the highest rating in the third prime-time slot for any show.

Angel said about this, "Siyempre, nagpapasalamat di ba, kasi medyo late na rin yung timeslot niyan, but siyempre, binibigyan ka pa rin ng oras ng mga tao, nagpupuyat pa rin.

"So, malaki talaga ang pasasalamat namin, pero marami pala talagang may ganyang situation na nangyayari at maraming nakakarelate.

"Kaya siguro ang daming gigil, marami kasing mga legal wives na feeling nila, hindi sila nakaganti, mga ganun, or hindi nila naipagtanggol yung mga sarili nila, hindi nila nasabi yung piece nila, or mga mistresses na hindi nila na-handle correctly.

"So, parang gusto nilang in a way, na parang makaganti through Monica or makapag-apologize through Nicole."

The Legal Wife is currently being aired again on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold slot at 3:25 p.m., as a temporary replacement to the teleserye Love Thy Woman.

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The present programs of ABS-CBN are on a taping break to comply with the enhanced community quarantine.

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Angel Locsin admits she initially hesitated to do her fight scene with Maja Salvador in The Legal Wife. She says, "Ayokong gawin kasi ayoko ngang magkasakitan kami ni Maja. Kasi yung una, from simpleng confrontation, naging parang wow, wrestling! Naging ganun ang dating."
PHOTO/S: The Legal Wife (ABS-CBN)
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