Krista Ranillo was interviewed live today in Startalk to talk about her jump to sexy roles and her father's—former matinee idol Matt Ranillo III— objection to it. Krista and dad Matt have not been talking for some time now because of Krista's decision to go sexy, though yesterday opened new hope between father and daughter in the course of the interview. But before that, host Joey de Leon asked for an update on Krista's academics.
"I graduated last year," revealed Krista. "I finished in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Ateneo de Manila, Communication Arts and Psychology."
"Matindi itong batang ito," praised Joey, and then he joked, "Interdisciplinary...yun ang problema mo din. Sabi ng tatay mo hindi ka daw madisiplina. Anong nangyari, bakit nagalit ang daddy mo sa movie mo na Paupahan?"
"Kasi, I signed up for a new manager late last year. So, si Tito Arnold [Vegafria], and he offered me this project. Yun nga, medyo daring siya which kailangan naman kasi doon sa role."
How daring exactly was the role? Did she go topless?
"Panoorin n'yo na lang," Krista teased. "Basta kami, approved without cuts!"
MISCOMMUNICATION. Because of Krista's decision to go daring, her dad did not approve, which resulted in tension between father and daughter.
"Actually, nagalit po siya dahil nagkaroon ng miscommunication. Hindi yata siya na-inform doon sa theme ng film kasi hindi niya nabasa yung script at yung final edit ng film, hindi niya napanood. All he was receiving was mga second-hand lang na information—newspapers, Internet postings, mga tao na nagsasabi na, ‘O, balita ko si Krista, ganyan...'"
Did Krista's boyfriend, Director Dominic Zapata, feel the same way her father did?
"Oo," Krista said. "Si Direk Dom, very supportive naman sa lahat."
News has it that up to now, Krista and her dad are not speaking to each other. Is this true?
"Aaminin ko na hindi okey," Krista sadly said. Upon hearing this answer, Joey followed his question with, "Totoo ba yung tinext mo yung father mo nung Father's Day at dinedma ka lang?"
"Kasi, yun nga, nag-presscon kami at wala siya sa house the whole day, so alam ng lahat naman na how close I am with my dad. Yun nga, text ko siya, ‘Daddy, Happy Father's Day. I love you.'"
"Feeling mo ngayon, galit pa si Daddy Matt?" Joey immediately asked.
"Mahirap kasi talaga kung close kayo, ‘tapos biglang hindi ka na kakausapin. ‘Tapos, yun, I always tell him na, ‘Daddy, attend my premier night para makita mo yung...para I want him naman to feel proud sa work na ginawa ko.'"
PATCHING UP. Krista had no idea that Joey was about to tell her that her dad was on the phone, ready to talk to her. Surprise was etched all over Krista's voice as she listened to her dad's voice fill the Startalk set.
"Buti nandiyan ka," Joey called out. "Tapusin na natin ito. ‘Eto sa Krista, na ini-interview ko sa Startalk."
"Okay...okay...," was all Matt said. Upon hearing this, Joey asked, "Ano, may tampo ka pa ba dito sa baby mo?"
"Hindi ko nga alam, kasi naguguluhan din ako, Pareng Joey," Matt said. "Siyempre anak ko ‘yan, mahal ko rin ‘yan. And, on the other side, artista din ‘yan, so alam ko yung role niya bilang artista, and manager din niya...naguguluhan ako dahil ako ang nagpakilala kay Krista para iisa na lang manager namin. Apparently, parang may deception, parang may lokohan."
"Mina-manage ka din ni Arnold?" a surprised Joey asked.
"Yes. When I was doing a soap sa kabilang station, nagkausap kami at nagkaayusan naman. Sabi ko, ‘Di handle mo na din anak ko, kasi she's making a comeback after her graduation.' And I assumed na lang. and I said na, ‘May autonomy kayo. She's old enough and okey naman siya, so kayo na mag-usap.' Hindi ko nga alam at biglang nagkaganito. Ang dami ko nang nababasa on the Internet, papers, my friends calling me up. It really hurt me."
"Nagkausap na ba kayo ni Arnold pagkatapos mangyari lahat ng ito?" Joey asked.
"One time lang kami nagkausap and that's it for me," Matt said. "Hindi ko naman kina-cut-off yung communications ko sa manager ko din. When he told me na ganito, sinabi ko na bakit hindi man lang sinabi sa akin yung storyline man lang or ganito pala na medyo daring. At least may input sana. Anak ko rin ‘yan, e. Hindi ko pinabayaan anak ko. She's an intelligent actress and a good daughter to me."
When asked by Joey if he and Krista had a one-on-one regarding her decision, he said, "In all honesty, hindi pa, dahil I'm still wondering kung saan ako nagkamali. Bakit ganito nangyari? So it hurts a lot."
"Umiiyak baby mo, Matt," Joey said. "Well, kailangan mag-usap kayo kahit hindi on television. Pero sa boyfriend niya, wala ka naman objection doon?"
"Ibang issue naman yun," Matt said, laughing.
"Pinapatawa ko lang ito," Joey said. Then he teased, "Magko-cover daw siya ng FHM."
Krista, who had been silent, suddenly blurted, "Tito Joey, preno ka muna!"
"Ano na naman yun?" Matt exclaimed. "Baka magsuntukan na kami ni Arnold niyan."
Turning serious, Joey asked Matt what image he really wanted for his daughter.
Krista's dad replied, "Gusto ko maging role model siya sa mga kabataan. Mag-instill siya ng good values sa kabataan. Hindi yung sa ganitong paraan na magka-comeback ka and then you go that low para lang mapansin ka. Magaling siyang artista and she's good communicating. Huwag naman sa ganitong paraan. Wala sa idea ko at wala sa personality niya."
Joey now asked Matt to speak to Krista so that the miscommunication between father and daughter could now be over.
"Sige na nga," Matt said. "Matagal na din kami hindi nakakapag-usap ni Krista and yung professional life niya, affected sa personal life namin. You want the best for her and for your family."
Matt's voice suddenly cracked as he gave his daughter his first message after many weeks of silence. He said, "Krista, I have always loved you. I want the best for you. Usap tayo na mag-Ateneo ka at tinapos mo for me. Alam ko na nahirapan ka and you needed to stop showbiz.
" Ayoko sana na magpadalus-dalos ka sa career mo. Masakit din yun para sa isang ama na nagmamahal sa kanyang anak. I understand na role lang ‘yan, pero masakit, e. Dahil I feel na they're using you dahil mabait ka. Nasaktan din ako kay Arnold na pinabayaan ka. And I felt bad, and nabigla ako doon sa Internet—mga pictures. And I don't like that. I want the best for you, magaling kang artista and I want the best for you. Mas magaling ka sa akin, you can do a lot of things pero huwag naman yung ganoon, anak.
"You know how much I love you. Marami namang roles. Marami akong tinanggihan para ma-maintain ang clean image natin. Huwag naman ganyan. Alam mo naman na lahat ng issue sa buhay mo ay affected ako, e. Ako, di bale saktan. Pero sa iyo, lalaban at lalaban ako, e. Buti hindi mo pinapakilala yung person behind the publicity. Naku po, papatulan ko talaga ‘yan!
"I am sorry kung hindi kita nakakausap lately at alam ko na masakit din sa atin yun, pero I have to put my foot down and be the father for you and be the friend for you. I'm glad we're communicating pero sana...let's sit down with Arnold and let's talk about this. Masakit, e. And I am disappointed with this Arnold. Ako pa ang nagdala in the hope of giving you a good manager. He's a good manager pero hindi in this way para sa comeback mo."
After Matt's lengthy message, it was Krista's turn to speak.
"Daddy, thank you for your message. I'm happy na nag-usap tayo, pero at the end of the day, you know that I love you. This is just a role, I am still the same person. You know, gusto ko mabalik yung closeness natin and I don't want this issue to break us. I just want us stronger as a family. I hope talaga na makausap kita in person, kahit na wala muna si Tito Arnold. Tayong dalawa lang. I love you."