Phytos Ramirez on bed scene with Gabby Eigenmann: "Skin to skin na yun, ha!"

IMAGE Screengrab from Contessa / Noel Orsal

Phytos Ramirez (right) shot a bed scene with Gabby Eigenmann for the afternoon series Contessa. In the GMA-7 teleserye, Phytos plays Winston, the right-hand man of Gabby's character Vito whom he also shared an intimate relationship with.



GMA-7 actor Phytos Ramirez takes on a more daring role in the new afternoon series Contessa.

In the new show top-billed by Glaiza de Castro, Phytos is cast as Winston, the right-hand man of Vito Imperial, played by Gabby Eigenmann.

It will later be revealed that Winston has a secret, intimate relationship with Vito.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after his PEPTalk Live session today, March 20, Phytos revealed that he already shot provocative scenes with Gabby.

Phytos said, "Every week kasi pa-intense ng pa intense, e. Itong week one, parang nagstart lang sa masa-masahe, pakain lang ng lemon. Meron namang swimming pool scene, nag-swimming ako tapos nilagyan niya ako ng towel habang naka-topless.

"Tapos, isa sa mga day ender ng week two is may bed scene kami."

Without revealing too much about his scenes, Phytos also hinted that he shot a near-kissing scene with Gabby.

Phytos admitted that during the story conference of the show last December 2017, he already knew that he would engage in intimate scenes with Gabby.

He recalled, "Noong storycon pa lang naman, pinaalam na sa akin ng mga writers.

"Sabi ko sa kanila, if mas ikakaganda ng show, let’s do it.

"Sabi ko, I know my gender, and para sa show, I’ll do it. So kahit out of the box, gagawin ko para sa show and kung alam nating ikagaganda ng show.

"Pero kung hindi naman siya kailangan, e, di wag gawin, di ba? Yun naman yung sabi ko sa kanila, e. So kung alam nilang kailangan ng show, I’ll do it."

(Read: Gabby Eigenmann, sino ang peg sa bisexual role niya sa Contessa?)

BED SCENE. One of the crucial scenes that Phytos did for Contessa was his bed scene with Gabby, whom he calls Kuya Gab.

While Phytos can be considered as a newbie in doing these provocative roles, Gabby had already done several gay roles on television.

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How did Gabby help him pull off the scene?

"Sobrang komportable ni Kuya Gab, ang ginawa lang namin noong time na yun, parang nag-usap-usap lang kami, pinag-usapan namin na, 'O, sabi sa 'yo, every week palala ng palala.'

"So sabi ko, 'Kuya Gab, paano gagawin natin?'

"Sabi niya, ano lang, 'I-feel mo lang muna yung eksena. Kung mas makakatulong sa 'yo na isiping babae ako, isipin mong babae ako.'

"And feeling ko, dahil isang magaling na actor si Kuya Gab, nadala niya ako sa eksena. Ginawa kong ako si Winston talaga."

The guidance provided by Gabby proved to be effective.

Phytos continued, "Eventually, na-pull off namin. Take one lang kami doon, sobrang nakakatuwa siya na hindi mo alam kung ano nangyayari that time pero take one lang siya.

"And after noon, nagtawanan lang kami. Pati sila Direk, pati mga producers.

"Sabi ni Direk, grabe yung chemistry niyo noong time na yun! So parang kami ni Kuya Gab, good job!"

Contessa's director is Albert Langitan, who also helmed the shows Rhodora X (2014) and Impostora (2017).

After packing up the scene, Phytos talked to his Kuya Gab regarding the intimate moment they shared that day.

He recalled, "After ng good job, pababa na kami, 4 a.m. na yun.

"Sabi ko, 'Kuya Gab, skin to skin na yun, ha!'

"So ano pa yung mga eksena, itong susunod, almost kissing scene na, so ano pang susunod?!

"So nakaka-excite siya pero medyo may takot pa rin na nakakaexcite kasi hindi mo alam kung ano pwede mangyari, e.

"Nagsabi din ako sa mga writers na kahit ano, basta makakatulong, I’ll do it. Pero as an actor, I have to be prepared sa mga posibleng mangyari."

Phytos was honest enough to say that he would have felt more awkward if he did the scene with another actor.

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"Siguro kung hindi si Kuya Gab yun, sobrang awkward. Siguro mahihirapan kaming paniwalain yung sarili namin na nag-e-eksena lang kami or siguro mapi-feel mo yung ilang, magagawa mo yung eksena pero mapi-feel mong ilang kayo."

It also helped that he and Gabby already worked together in the early prime-time series Paraiso Ko'y Ikaw, which they started taping in 2013, and aired in January 2014.

"Ang maganda kasi kay Kuya Gab, nagkasama na kami sa Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw, nabuild na yung friendship namin doon.

"So 2013 pa yun, 2018 na ngayon, everytime na nagkikita kami, nagchi-chikahan kami, si Kuya Gab sobrang updated sa akin, alam niya yung mga tungkol sa akin, so close kami kaya madali para sa amin na gawin yun.

"Tapos kapag dumating kami sa set, hindi na namin pinag-uusapan yung gagawin namin.

"Pag nandun na sa mismong eksena, dun lang namin pag-uusapan na magtatanong lang kami kay Direk, 'Direk, anong limit mo?'

"Kasi siyempre baka ma-call yung attention kasi baka may foul kaming magawa sa TV.

"And then hindi namin nire-rehearse, e. Tinetake agad. Kasi pag ni-rehearse mo, mawawala yung nuances, e. Mawawala yung pagkaorganic ng eksena."

PREPARATION. However, Phytos admitted that he had a hard time adjusting and preparing for his role, especially since his last teleserye was Encantadia, where he played the innocent Paopao.

In fact, up until the press conference, he still had second thoughts about playing the character.

"Nag-presscon kami, medyo ano pa ako, parang nagdadalawang-isip.

"Sinasabi ko sa sarili ko, sure ba ako dito. Ito na ba yun?

"So eventually, masaya siya na pinag-uusapan din, parang nangyayari talaga siya, e."

Aside from his character playing a major factor in the storyline of Contessa, his role also upped his game in terms of his acting career.

"Ito yung isa sa mga daring na binigay sa akin ng GMA and well, yun nga yung sinasabi ko, mahirap kasi galing ako sa Paopao na hindi ka pwedeng magkasala at all.

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"As in umabot sa point na kailangan maging mentally prepared ako so hindi ako nagba-bar, lumalayo ako sa mga taong nagyo-yosi o umiinom, seven or eight o 'clock, kailangan tulog na ako, as in yung ginagawa ng mga bata talaga. So yun yung mga ginagawa ko noong Paopao.

"And then eventually ngayon, ganun pa yung role ko na may pumapatol ako kasi I’m after the money.

"At saka ang hirap sa akin kasi some actors or most of the veteran actors na nakakausap ko, or isa dito sa pinaka-sinusunod ko kasi, si Kuya Mon Confiado, yung type ng actor na pag may gagawin siyang role, talaga pini-feel niya."

Phytos then recounted a movie that Mon did where he went to the United States and experienced an ordinary life without credit cards and money in order to feel his character who was homeless.

He continued, "So for example, noong nag-Paopao ako [sa Encantadia], talagang hindi ako pwedeng magkasala at all, kailangan malinis.

"So ang mahirap sa akin dito is kung paano ako mag-pe-prepare na na-a-attract ako sa lalaki.

"Isa sa mga challenging talaga na ang saya na everytime kinakausap ka ng director, sinasabi ko, 'Direk, sobrang hindi ko forte ito, sobrang hirap ako dito so i-assist mo ako.'

"Si Kuya Gab naman, alam niya naman yun, so everytime na nag-e-eksena kami, pinag-uusapan namin tapos ang sarap sa feeling na napu-pull-off mo siya.

"Hopefully, magustuhan ng mga tao. Wala pa kaming masyadong eksena ni Kuya Gab, e, na lalabas. Pero na-e-excite ako sa comment ng mga tao."


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