Zsa Zsa Padilla studied Fookien for her role in the upcoming Metro Manila Film Fest entry Mano Po 6: My Mother. The singer-actress plays Olive, kontrabida to the character of Melinda (Sharon Cuneta). Olive and her parents maltreat Melinda because they consider her "malas," a harbinger of bad luck.
One of the highlights of this year's installment of Mano Po is the confrontation scene of the characters of Zsa Zsa and Sharon Cuneta. In a press conference held at the Imperial Palace Suites last Saturday, November 14, Zsa Zsa narrated how she got a black-and-blue bruise on her face because of the Megastar's slap.
"Nagka bruise ako [pointing to her jaw] kasi dun sa eksena, hindi mo na mararamdaman kasi umaarte ka. Several takes yun, eh, siguro three takes to perfect it. Yung first two, nag-usap naman kami [ni Sharon] kahit umaarte ka, dito mo lang patatamain [below jawline]. Sa third take, pagigil na nang pagigil itong scene na ito, so ano ba ang dapat niyang gawin? Kulang pa nga yung pasa ko, sa totoo lang," narrates Zsa Zsa about a crucial scene.
"The next day, naging green siya at naramdaman ko, ang sakit ng panga ko. Nagulat ako, na yun na pala yung sampal! Alam mo, pag sinampal ka, nakakatulong yun sa pag-arte kasi nagugulat ka...nasasaktan ka...naiiyak ka. It adds on to the scene."
Zsa Zsa revealed that she initially declined being part of Mano Po 6 because of conflicts with her schedule. "Actually, when this offer came, I turned it down because I was supposed to tour kami ni Erik [Santos]. Kaya lang hindi natuloy yung tour niya so the role came back to me. So, sabi ko, para sa akin talaga ito."
The singer-actress will soon be leaving for Beijing, China along with other cast members of Mano Po 6. This is Zsa Zsa's third time to appear in the franchise movie produced by Regal Entertainment since Mano Po 2 (2003) and Mano Po 4 (2005).
When asked how she felt about competing against her partner Dolphy in this year's MMFF, she pointed out that it was no problem for them. "Okay lang kasi nagpaalam naman ako for this and he said yes. Siguro kung ako talaga yung lead...support lang naman yung role ko dito."
Dolphy will be starring in the MMFF entry titled Nobody, Nobody But....Juan, which also stars Willie Revillame. According to Zsa Zsa, the cast members of the film will soon be shooting scenes in Chicago. In the movie, the King of Comedy is cast as a senior citizen who lives in a nursing home located in the United States. He is a big fan of noontime game shows since it allows him to connect to his roots in the Philippines.
ON CHIN-CHIN GUTIERREZ. Since Zsa Zsa herself experienced being on the receiving end of a powerful slap, members of the press curiously asked the Divine Diva regarding her opinion on the controversial slapping scene between Lorna Tolentino and Chin-Chin Gutierrez. It will be recalled that the two had a slapping scene in the ABS-CBN show Dahil May Isang Ikaw. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
Zsa Zsa managed to joke: "Nung araw na nagte-taping kami ng sampalan at saksakan—sorry, Chin Chin and LT, may saksakan kami dito—nasa Bulacan kami nun nang mabalitaan namin yun.
"Hindi ko alam kung paano nangyari sa kanila pero pag nag-iba na ang dialogue...kasi pag may napamura, cut na yun. Pag nag-iba na ang dialogue, siyempre, [iisipin mo] ' tuloy pa ba ito or what?'"
Will Zsa Zsa be willing to work with Chin-Chin in the future?
"Why not? Nakikita mo itong ten fingers ko? Joke lang ito, Chin-Chin, pero lalagyan ko lahat ito ng singsing."
Zsa Zsa revealed that they did a lot of violent scenes in Mano Po 6. "May sampalan, saksakan, at suntukan. Sa Madrasta nga, very civil lang ang confrontation namin kasi nag-smoke lang ako sa confrontation scene namin."
Aside from Mano Po 6, Zsa Zsa will also be seen in the upcoming Star Cinema film starring Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson. When asked to describe her role in this film, she stated, "I'm a proud cougar—in the film ha!" She will team up with a young leading man in the film but she has no idea yet who he is. The movie is slated to be released in February next year.