Benjamin Alves admitted that he was surprised when Julie Anne San Jose was allowed to do a kissing scene for GMA-7’s teleserye Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa.
This was for the show’s March 13 episode wherein their characters Ephraim and Tina shared an intimate “kiss of assurance” that they will stick together despite his family's disapproval of their relationship.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Benjamin was asked to comment about the fact that he’s Julie Anne’s first on screen kiss.
He elaborated,“Yeah, nagulat ako kasi puwede pala, you know, she’s allowed to do kissing scenes. Para siyang may clause dati.
“And I think Direk [Gina Alajar] also talked to her. It’s the right time. It’s not a torrid kiss or whatever.
“I’m very honored. But it’s what the story needed.”
The 27-year-old Kapuso actor revealed what he told Julie Anne prior to doing their kissing scene.
“I asked her, ‘Ok ka lang ba?’ I just made sure that she’s ok. Ok naman siya. I just told her to trust me. Basta trust the scene, commit to the scene.”
Benjamin admitted that he’s proud of Julie Anne’s determination to improve her acting under the mentorship of Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa director Gina Alajar.
“She’s coming to her own as an actress.
“At talagang binabantayan at inaalagaan ni Direk Gina yung mga scenes niya. Going as far as making sure na the reaction that she does...
“Si Direk Gina nakatutok talaga siya. She wants to make the best out of Julie as an actress.”
As for Benjamin, he admitted that he still gets nervous about doing intimate scenes—not because of the physical aspect of it but more on whether or not it could convey the right message to the audience.
“It’s hard kasi parang, yeah, you can do the kiss, pero if it doesn’t register in the screen well, mahirap. And then you realize kapag nag-take, ‘Ano ang kailangan gawin?’
“So, yeah, you still get yung insecurity na sana pag eto ginawa namin, yung nanonood or yung director namin, nakangiti. Ibig sabihin naapektuhan siya.
“Actually, with every scene, that's what we’re trying to go for.”