The Mistress has reportedly earned P140 million as of yesterday, September 18.
This was announced by Star Cinema earlier today, September 19, during the movie’s victory party held at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.
The movie’s lead actress, Bea Alonzo, attended the said event, but her leading man, John Lloyd Cruz, was unable to go because he had a shooting for a TV commercial.
Bea is proud of this adult drama film which was directed by Olivia Lamasan.
Written by Vanessa Valdez, The Mistress tackles the controversial issue of infidelity. In the film, Bea is cast as a suit maker named Sari who becomes the mistress of a businessman played by veteran actor Ronaldo Valdez.
According to Star Cinema, the movie earned P23 million during its opening day last September 12 and reached the P100-million mark last Saturday, September 15.
Bea said she did not expect their film to do this well in the box office.
"Actually we were talking about it bago pa ang playdate.
"Umpisa pa lang, pitching pa lang, sinasabi na ni Inang [Direk Olivia], ’Anak, huwag kang mag-expect kasi ang story na ito ay masyadong matapang, baka hindi pang-box office. Masyadong adult.’
"Hindi siya kagaya ng No Other Woman na madami silang batuhan ng linya… dito kasi iba.
"Kung mapapansin n’yo, quiet ang film, so hindi namin ini-expect na magugustuhan ng tao.
"So proud din kami sa mga audience namin dahil ibig sabihin ay naghahanap sila ng kakaiba, naghahanap sila ng matapang.
"So nakaka-proud yung Filipino audience."
ON BEING COMPARED TO VILMA SANTOS. During the presscon, veteran entertainment writer Mario Bautista said that Bea’s performance in The Mistress reminded him of the time when Vilma Santos accepted mature roles.
There are those predicting that Bea and John Lloyd will be able to reach the success of the Vilma Santos-Christopher de Leon loveteam.
What’s Bea’s reaction to this?
“Mabigat ‘yan,” the actress said.
“Sana. Sino ba naman ang hindi papangarapin na marating ang narating nila?
"Pero marami pa kaming kakaining bigas talaga.”
DARING SCENES WITH JOHN LLOYD CRUZ. Did Bea hesitate to do the scenes wherein she took John Lloyd’s hand and placed it on her sensitive parts?
The actress said, “Noong una, kinakabahan ako, kagaya ng kissing scene with Tito Ron [Ronaldo Valdez]… yung parang love scene with Tito Ron, alam ko kasama talaga siya sa pelikula.
“When you say yes to this kind of film, parang wala kang karapatan na mag-‘no’ sa mga ganun.
"Alam ko naman na pinoprotektahan ako ni Inang. Alam ko naman na ilalabas niya nang maganda.”
She added with a laugh: “Akala ko nga mas matindi pa dun, e!
“Saka pinag-usapan namin yun na mas maganda yung ganun na hindi ine-expect ng mga tao na ganito magre-react si Sari.
"Akala siguro nila, sasampalin ko si John Lloyd, akala siguro nila titilian ko si JD [John Lloyd’s character in the movie]. Pero iba ang treatment ni Inang.
“Proud ako sa eksena na yun.”
Direk Olivia then revealed that they actually cut short the love scene of John Lloyd and Bea that was shown in the movie.
The director said, “Actually, yung nakita ninyong love scene, toned down.
"Ang original kasi nun two minutes, then pina-tone down sa amin ni Malou [Santos, managing director of Star Cinema].
"Pero okay lang.”
WATCHING THE FILM WITH HER BOYFRIEND. What was the reaction of Zanjoe Marudo, Bea’s boyfriend, when he watched her daring scenes?
Bea said, “Actually, ayaw ko ngang panoorin na katabi siya. Sabi ko magpapa-manicure na lang ako habang nanonood sila.
"Kaya lang, kasama namin yung mga friends namin at sabi nila, ‘Hay naku, hindi kami manonood kung hindi ka manonood with us.’
“In other words, nakapasok ako at kapag kissing scene namin ni Tito Ron, tinatakpan ko ang mata niya [Zanjoe].
"Pag-kissing scene namin ni John Lloyd, tinatakpan ko ang mata niya kasi nakakahiya!
"Tapos may eksena pa na hindi ko naalala na naka-bra lang pala ako so sabi ko, ’Oh my God.’
"Nahihiya ako sa kanya pero nakakatuwa kasi siya very supportive."
After the screening, according to Bea, Zanjoe stood up and enthusiastically cheered inside the cinema.
"Pagkatapos ng pelikula, pumalakpak siya tapos tumayo at sumigaw siya, ‘whoo whoo!’
"So lahat ng tao ay nagpalakpakan na din.
"Nakakahiya, para siyang naging block screening kasi nag-picture taking kami after.”
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE IN FRANCE. Last September 15, Bea and John Lloyd attended the international premiere of The Mistress in Nice, France.
How did moviegoers there react to this adult drama film?
Bea said, “Ang ganda ng reaction nila…somehow nakaka-relate sila. Nakakatuwa.
"Ang ganda ng reception, ang ganda ng pagtanggap nila sa amin doon."
First time kasi namin na magpunta and I believe si Lloydie [John Lloyd] first time na nag-show doon.”
Bea mentioned that she wants to go to France with her boyfriend so they could enjoy a vacation there.
“Gusto ko bumalik kami ni Zanjoe dun na magkasama pero hindi work.
"Six days lang ako sa Nice, France, pero at least two days dun, biyahe na.
"So four days ako doon.”