Lovi Poe always turns heads in sexy outfits that not every actress can pull off.
Her svelte figure may be the envy of many, but she says it takes a lot of effort to maintain it.
"Yeah, effort iyan, and it takes a lot of effort," she tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
It takes a lot of sacrifice, which is why, she says, "Minsan, nakaka-frustrate if a lot of people disregard your hard work. For some people, it's not just me.
"Minsan, o, ganito na naman.
"Minsan, ang hirap. I wake up extra early in the morning to get on the treadmill and, after that, do my pilates session just because I wanna be on my healthiest.
"May conscious effort talaga. It's not just something that happened like that lang."
The star of VIVA Film's Hindi Tayo Pwede, which is showing in cinemas on March 4, also reveals another benefit of workouts: It flushes out toxins.
“I think, sweating everything out, mabilis akong mag-retain ng water. I just know my body. Once I eat something na bawal sa akin or intolerant ako.”
Does she maintain a strict diet?
"I eat normal," she says.
“Actually ngayon, restricted ako because I have a Bench Fashion Show. Pero kapag wala akong fashion show or I’m not preparing for anything, I eat normal.
“More than normal, I eat cake, cookies.”
LOVI POE ON FRIENDSHIPS WITH HEART EVANGELISTA, ALEX DE ROSSI
What does Lovi have to say about her friend Heart Evangelista's "topless" photo on Instagram?
"I love it! I love it," Lovi says happily.
"Nag-comment nga ako, o, Alex may lumalaban," she laughs, referring to another good friend, Alessandra de Rossi.
Did she push or encourage Heart to post that photo?
“No. Well, you know, I think, Heart is one of the perfect, most beautiful women in the industry and here in the Philippines.
“So, it’s very nice to see something like that from her. It’s very refreshing, di ba?”
Lovi also has fun stories about good friend Alessandra.
She says, “I love it! Kasi, si Alex, nakakatawa. Everytime na magpo-post ako ng something, sasabihin niya, 'O, wait lang ha.'
“'Tapos, magpu-post na rin siya. Recently, galing siya ng beach and everything. Tapos, sabi ko, 'Wait lang, wala pa kong—kailan kaya ako magbi-bikini ulit?'”
“Wala pa akong panlaban. Nakakatawa talaga si Alex forever.”
Lovi also says of their friendship, “What’s nice about our friendship kasi, kahit hindi kami palaging nagkikita, kapag nagsama o nag-usap kami, parang walang nagbago.
“Iyon naman ang totoong pagkakaibigan.”