For the season-ender of GMA-7’s anthology show Dear Friend, GMA-7 executives decided to offer a sex drama titled "Tisay." StarStruck Season 3 Ultimate Female Survivor Jackie Rice was chosen to bring life to Ella/Shiva, a student who works as a club dancer at night in order to support her studies. It will air starting this Sunday, April 18.
"Tisay" depicts the situation of a number of women in today’s society. The four-part episode, which is directed by Jun Lana, tells the story of a woman who struggles against the misconceptions and prejudice that she encounters as she leads a double life.
According to Jackie, the sexiest attire she has worn for the show is a two-piece bikini.
FIRST RAPE SCENE. As a bar girl, Jackie’s character has to deal with a number of clients and one of them is portrayed by veteran actor Rez Cortez. In the story, he plays the father of Joross Gamboa, the leading man of Jackie in this afternoon TV series.
How was it like shooting this scene?
"Nakakakaba kasi si Tito Rez alam natin na magaling na aktor ’yan. So parang napakagaling na aktor na makakaeksena ng akong baguhan. Parang stress para sa ’kin na paano pag nagkamali ako, paano kung hindi ko maarte nang tama kasi first time kong may rape scene. Parang ganun po. So, mahirap para sa ’kin, pero naging madali kasi napakagaling niya na aktor. Siya na lang ang nagdala sa ’kin," describes Jackie.
She said it took them two hours to shoot this scene. Did she feel awkward then?
"Madali po kasi siyang katrabaho kasi magaling siyang artista pero nahihiya lang po ako kasi baguhan po ako. Yung nasa utak ko, what if magkamali ako, nakakahiya para sa taong ’to kasi ito napakagaling sa craft na ito, di ba?
"After the scene, nag-sorry po ako sa kanya kung sakaling nagkamali ako, ’tapos nag-thank you kasi inalagaan niya po talaga ako. Hindi naman po siya yung nagtake advantage sa akin. Napakabait po talaga niya at napaka-beteranong aktor. Trabaho lang po talaga."
SYNOPSIS. Ella (Jackie Rice) is a hardworking student who not only excels in academics but also has a good reputation in school. Unknown to many, she works as a club dancer by night so she can make ends meet for her family and support her studies. As Shiva, she gives sexy performances but she tries to keep distance from her customers.
Many guys in school are struck by Ella’s beauty and one of them is Adrian (Joross Gamboa), a pre-med student who comes from a well-off family. He courts Ella but she refuses his love since her priorities are different. He doesn’t stop pursuing her and, eventually, Ella is smitten by Adrian’s charm.
Just when things seem to be going smoothly for the couple, she discovers that Adrian’s father (Rez Cortez) is one of her regular customers. Ella’s secret life is revealed to everyone and Adrian, devastated upon learning the truth, dumps her.
How will Ella handle the pressure of being reviled by the man she loves? Can Ella find inner peace and escape judgment from the people around her?
Dear Friend presents Tisay also stars Ryza Cenon as Weng, the best friend of Ella; Jade Lopez as Melody, a fellow dancer in the club; Sheree as Mama Vien, the "mamasan" who encourages Jackie’s character to be friendly to customers.
Are You the Next Big Star finalist Jay Perillo and Mariz Ricketts are also part of the show’s cast.
Watch Jackie take on the dual roles of Ella and Shiva in the season-ender of Dear Friend this Sunday, April 18, right after Party Pilipinas on GMA-7.