Si Alfred Vargas pala ang kauna-unahang screen kiss ng Malaysian beauty queen na si Carrie Lee sa pinakabagong afternoon drama series ng GMA-7 na Muli.
Ayon kay Carrie (na ang Chinese name ay Li Shi Qi), bawal pala ipalabas sa Malaysia na nakikipaghalikan sa opposite sex ang mga babae. Okay lang daw ang mag-holding hands at magyakapan, pero bawal talaga ang halikan.
"First of all, this is my first TV drama so I was really nervous because all I did before was TV commercials and print ad modelling. I never did a movie or a TV drama before so it's all a first time for me, even the kiss," kuwento ni Carrie.
Kung bawal pala sa bansa nila ang halikan sa TV, paano siya napapayag na makipag-kissing scene kay Alfred?
"At first, I was very much against it because I've never done it before, plus the fact that it's not allowed. But the production people of Muli explained to me that the kiss is very essential to the story," sabi ni Carrie.
"It was our director Mac Alejandre who really convinced me to do it. And he said that he will do the scene not in a vulgar manner but it will come out romantically. Well I trusted him and I did the kissing scene with Alfred. How was it? Well it was okay. It was my first time and I think I did okay!" sabay tawa pa niya.
Bukod sa pag-convince ni Direk Mac, pumayag ba siya sa halikan dahil mismo kay Alfred?
"Before we did the shoot for Muli," sabi ni Carrie, "I already saw Alfred's pictures and he is such a handsome actor. I never really thought that I would have a kissing scene with him. I was just convinced that the kiss was really needed for the scenes.
Aniya pa, "But when I finally met Alfred personally, he was more than what I expected. He's not just a goodlooking man but he's also a gentleman. So I trusted him that much as my partner."
Since bawal sa Malaysian TV ang may halikan, maipalabas kaya ang kissing scene nila ni Alfred sa kanilang bansa? At kung maipalabas nga, maging kontrobersiyal na celebrity kaya si Carrie dahil pumayag siyang mahalikan sa isang TV show?
"I really don't know if they will allow the scene to be shown in Malaysia," ani Carrie. "It's very strict there so I really don't know what will happen. I am ready for what people will say about my kissing scene in Muli. I don't expect to be a big controversial celebrity back home because of that scene. Let's just wait and see what the reaction of my people about the scene.
"Personally, I see nothing wrong with it," patuloy niya. "But of course, I grew up in a very conservative society and even my family will be shocked watching me kissing an actor on TV!"
Halata nga namin kay Carrie na gustung-gusto niya rito sa Pilipinas. Mabilis siyang natutong magsalita at makaintindi ng Tagalog. Nag-record pa nga sila ni Alfred ng theme song ng Muli para sa promo at almost flawless ang pagta-Tagalog ni Carrie.
"I learned so much of your culture when I was working with Alfred and the rest of the production staff in Malaysia. We shot there for one month and we all talked about the Philippines and Malaysia," kuwento ni Carrie.
"That's why I was so excited to be here and see the country for myself. We shot a few scenes here and I was able to learn more about the Filipinos and your genuine hospitality. I became close with every actor on the set and all of them have shown me nothing but kindness," papuri pa niya.
Pagdating sa acting ay alam ni Carrie na marami pa siyang dapat matutunan.
Aniya, "I want to be a good actress in the future and by doing Muli, I can achieve some of my dreams to be that actress. I am still learning so many things and I love challenges. I want to be able to do more roles that are far from what I know now."
Nali-link ngayon si Carrie sa co-stars niya sa Muli na sina Alfred at Victor Neri. May intriga pa ngang si Carrie ang naging dahilan sa cool off nina Alfred at LJ Reyes at sa paghiwalay nina Victor at Michelle Madrigal.
"I'm only friends with both Alfred and Victor because they are very nice to me and they showed me around Manila despite their hectic schedules," depensa ni Carrie.
"I really want to meet LJ because I only saw her in pictures and on television. She's a very pretty girl and I want to meet her personally. Alfred said that he would let us meet while I am here.
"As for Victor, he's also a nice person and he devoted lots of time to accompany me to different places here in your country. He's also a good friend, the same way with Alfred," sabi pa ng Malaysian beauty queen-actress.
Napanalunan ni Carrie ang titulong Miss Tourism Malaysia noong 2004 at naging representative siya ng kanilang bansa sa Miss Tourism International, kung saan isa siya sa top ten finalists.
Nakuha rin niya ang korona bilang Miss Chinese Cosmos International na isang mala-reality show na nilahukan ng humigit-kumulang 9,335 na kandidata. Iba't ibang challenges daw ang pinagdaaan nila in three different countries (Hong Kong, China, and Malaysia) at inabot ng three months ang labanan. Pero sa ending, siya ang nag-uwi ng korona.
Kamakailan ay naging judge si Carrie sa Miss Tourism International at naging paborito raw niyang kandidata ang Miss Philippines na umabot naman sa finals.
Kasalukuyang top celebrity endorser si Carrie sa Kuala Lumpur at endorser siya ng mga malalaking produkto tulad ng Sony at Pepsi sa mga bansang Hong Kong, Singapore, at Vietnam.
Sa February 19 na ang premiere telecast ng Muli sa GMA-7 Dramarama sa Hapon.