Marian Rivera on agreeing to shoot sexy scenes with Richard Gutierrez: "Siguro it’s about time na i-open ko na yung pinto ko sa mga ganitong klaseng eksena."

Marian Rivera and Richard Guiterrez’s onscreen love team is reprised in the upcoming sexy romantic-comedy My Lady Boss. Five years after their first pairing in the film My Best Friend’s Girlfriend (2008), the two GMA-7 talents “unexpectedly” find themselves even more comfortable around each other— comfortable enough to shoot kissing and bed scenes together.


If there is anything that Richard Gutierrez admires most about Marian Rivera, it is the actress’s dedication to her job— “Very professional! Kahit nagte-taping ng soap, pag dating dito, kahit walang tulog, mukhang may tulog.”

The Kapuso hunk catches himself wondering, “Saan niya kinukuha yung energy niya?”

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was invited along with other members of the press to visit Richard and Marian at the set of Regal Films and GMA Films’s romantic-comedy flick My Lady Boss. The set visit took place yesterday, February 2, at the Light and Space Contemporary art gallery in West Fairview, Quezon City.

The two GMA-7 stars, also the hosts of defunct reality show Extra Challenge, get to renew their onscreen loveteam in the said upcoming movie now being helmed by Zombadings and My Kontrabida Girl director, Jade Castro.

Richard and Marian were first paired in the 2008 romantic comedy My Best Friend’s Girlfriend.

Looking fresh and cheerful, Marian faced the group of entertainment writers on a Saturday morning without a hint of getting sick over the last week.

Asked if she was feeling any better, the actress responded, “Puwede na. Hindi ko masabi na sobrang okay ako kasi kahit papa’no hindi talaga ako masyadong okay.”

She said she did not want to get into the details. The actress, however offered, “Pero sa sobrang pagod kasi halos ilang buwan na akong dire-diretso! Ayan, overfatigue!”

Marian, at the moment, has her plate full with primetime soap Temptation Wife and this movie, My Lady Boss.

“Wala, kailangan ko mag-take ng tatlong klaseng gamot para ma-relax yung pakiramdam ko. Hindi ko naman puwedeng pabayaan [ang trabaho]…

“Siguro ganun talaga pag dedicated ka sa trabaho mo. Pag mahal mo yung trabaho mo, parang hindi mo kaya iwan.

“Kaya sabi ko sa sarili ko, kailangan ko labanan, kailangan gumaling ako kasi kailangan kong magtrabaho talaga,” Marian beamed.

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The 28-year-old half-Filipina, half-Spanish beauty admitted that this is the first time in her seven years in showbiz that her body failed her.

Marian said, “Parang ngayon lang ’ata bumigay yung katawan ko. Parang sabi ko rin, okay, siguro wake-up call din sa akin na ‘O, hinay-hinay na muna.’

“Okay lang magtrabaho pero yung nga yung sinasabi ko, sobrang love ko kasi ang trabaho ko kaya hangga’t kaya ko, gu-go [go] talaga ako!”



REUNITED. Five years had passed since Marian and Richard’s onscreen romance is renewed in My Lady Boss.

The Marimar star said she had qualms prior to working with her My Best Friend’s Girlfriend leading man.

She said, “Akala ko kasi after BFGF, na hindi kami nagkakasama sa soap opera or kahit ngayon na lang kami magmu-movie, ’kala ko kahit papa’no magkakaro’n ng wall, magkakahiyaan.

“Pero unexpected na mas nagkaroon kami ng mas matinding bonding.

“Mas lumalim pa yung samahan namin at mas nakilala pa namin yung isa’t isa.

“So, malaki talaga ang naidulot nung BFGF sa amin.

"So, ano pa kaya itong pelikulang ito na mas… parang kakaiba rin, e. Mas lumalim pa [kaysa] BFGF!”

What does Marian think of the comment that tells her chemistry with Richard is more appealing than her chemistry with real-life boyfriend, actor Dingdong Dantes?

Not a tad bit slighted, Marian giggled and said, “Ay! Ibig sabihin, ano ’yan, good comment para sa amin [ni Richard], para sa pelikula namin! Pabor kami diyan!”

FUN ON THE SET. Marian finds Richard even sweeter than the last time she first got to work with the actor.

She told, “Dati kasi, nung nakatrabaho ko siya, ganun siya. Parang okay siya, sweet siya sa lahat.

"Pero ngayon, parang mas lumalim yung pagiging [sweet niya] sa akin.”

The actress recalled one shooting day for My Lady Boss when she told Richard she was “hungry.”

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She narrated: “Niloko ko siya, ‘Nagugutom ako, gusto ko ganito!’

“Binilhan niya ako ng food at hindi lang ako ha, lahat ng tao dinalhan niya ng food. So, parang mas naging sweet siya.”

Marian added, “Masarap siya kasama saka yun siguro yung pinaka-espesyal sa aming dalawa.

“Pag magkasama kaming dalawa, although alam naming trabaho ito at dapat talaga pinagbubutihan namin, pero ang maganda nun, ine-enjoy namin!

“Saka may mga times na tawa lang kami nang tawa. Ang seryoso ng eksena, pero tawa kami nang tawa dalawa. Parang ang saya lang!

“Parang hindi mo maramdaman yung pressure sa set na, ‘Ay, kailangan gawin natin ito.’”

According to the actress, she and Richard have learned to communicate to make their tandem more effective.

“Kumbaga, nag-uusap kaming dalawa, ‘O Chard, siguro mas maganda kung gagawin mo ito.’

"Sasabihin ni Richard, ‘O, Yan, ba’t hindi natin i-try na ganito?’

“So, nagkakaro’n kami ng gano’n. Nagsa-suggest kami sa isa’t isa na hindi namin naggawa dati.”

KISSING SCENES. Marian relayed how Direk Jade instructs her and Richard to keep the scenes "bubbly" and "light."

The filmmaker also tells them: “Gusto ko maging light yung eksena na makita kong kinikilig kayong dalawa.”

What she and Richard does, Marian said, is “brainstorm”— “‘Anong gagawin natin?’ ‘Siguro mas maganda kung ganitong approach.’ ‘Ikaw, ano sa tingin mo?’”

The actress pointed out, “Nagko-complement kami sa isa’t isa. Nagkakasundo kami sa bawat eksenang ginagawa namin. Siguro kaya maganda yung resulta din.”

Teasingly asked if she enjoys doing her kissing scenes with Richard, Marian squealed and laughed.

She later explained, “Actually, pag nag-roll ang camera, hindi naman ako si Marian! Si Evelyn ako.

“As Evelyn, of course, ine-enjoy ko si Zach!”

Evelyn in My Lady Boss is Marian’s character, described as the “boss from hell.” Evelyn’s subordinate is Zach, Richard’s rich, handsome, and obnoxious character.

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The two characters, despite their clashing personalities, end up together.

Asked during the interview why she agreed to shoot the kissing scenes with Richard, Marian stated, “Malaki ang tiwala ko kay Richard.

“Saka ever since naman nagkatrabaho kami, hindi naman siya nag-take advantage.

“Siya mismo talagang inaalalayan niya ako, e. Hindi siya yung ‘Roar!’”

Was there ever a time that a co-actor took advantage of her? Marian smiled warmly and spoke, “Parang wala naman.

“Siguro yun ang pinaka sa isa sa proud ako sa sarili ko na kahit anong mangyari, kahit sino kaeksena ko, never ko naramdaman na hindi ako nirespeto.”

FHM COVER. Marian’s FHM January 2013 cover— her first for the men’s magazine— sold out in a matter of weeks since it was released.

Asked to confirm during the interview if she indeed showed Richard her photos from the sexy shoot, Marian said, “Oo, kasi nung pumutok yung balita na mag-e-FHM ako, siyempre nag-release na ’yan [ng photos].

“Hindi lang naman sa kanya [ko ipinakita], pati kina Direk…”

Richard, filled in for his leading lady, “Very proud si Yan kasi first time niya gawin yun tapos ang ganda lumabas yung mga photos.”

Marian later asserted, “Kasi gusto ko rin makita yung lumabas na perception o reaction ng isang lalaki dun sa picture ko, kasi iba ang babae.

“Biased naman kung friend ko. ‘Uy tignan mo nga, maganda ba ako?’ Siyempre sasabihin nila, ‘Oo.’

“So iba yung sila Direk, yung mga sa set. So, isa siya sa mga pinakitaan ko ng pictures.”

If she was to personally give Richard a signed copy of the magazine, what would her message or “dedication” say?

The air filled with Marian’s lively laughter as she expressed, “As Evelyn? As Evelyn [dapat dahil] nagpo-promote tayo, e!

“Lalagay ko ano: “Zac, enjoy! Evelyn.”

She emphasized, “[As] Evelyn ha! Evelyn!”

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Further teased “Hindi puwedeng as Marian?” by one writer, the actress gamely replied, “Pag Marian, [isusulat ko,] ‘Take care. God Bless!’

“Dalagang Pilipina ako, e!” the actress reasoned out.

COMFORTABLE. Marian does not find it bothersome that it took five years before her tandem with Richard was granted another movie project.

She said, “Siguro naniniwala ako sa right timing. Actually, yung BFGF na ’yan, hindi naman plinano [plano] ’yan. Kusang… ‘Ay, bakit hindi tayo gumawa kay Marian saka kay Richard?’ ‘Ay, sige, try natin!’

“At saka, ang maganda niyan, yung mga tao yung nagsasabi na, ‘May chemistry kayong dalawa’ …

“Siguro, ngayon yung right project, right timing na, ‘Bakit hindi natin ulitin ang BFGF after five years?’

“So, parang ito na yung kabuuan at pinalalim yung character naming dalawa.

"This time, may mga kissing scene at bed scene kaming dalawa!”

Just how comfortable are they with each other? Marian shared a scene wherein she and Richard have to kiss in an elevator.

Prior to shooting the particular scene, the actress jokingly told Richard, “Magtu-toothbrush na ako!” to which the actor replied, “ Ako rin magtu-toothbrush na!”

While relaying the anecdote during the interview, Richard suddenly cracked, “E, yung nag-toothbrush [nga] ako...’

“...Tapos hindi naman natuloy?” Marian finished. The invited press laughed with the two actors at that moment.

When the laughter subsided, Marian said, “So ganun lang kasaya. Parang, wala lang, go with the flow. Masaya kaming dalawa.

“At naniniwala ako, pag ginawa mo ang isang pelikula o ang isang proyekto na lahat positive, tapos lahat magaan, tapos walang pressure-an, yung ine-enjoy mo siya, nagre-reflect sa movie ’yan, e.

“At for sure, dito, makikita niyo yung reflection na sinasabi ko sa inyo.”

WILD. Can the audience expect My Lady Boss to be more fun and sexy than My Best Friend’s Girlfriend?

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Marian merely assured, “Actually, kasi sa BFGF pa lang, bakya na yung character ko dun. Dito hindi.

“So, first time ko sa isang pelikula na magiging maldita at lalambot at mai-in love at magiging wild sa huli!

How wild?

The actress replied, “For the the first time sa pelikula, nakipag-kissing scene talaga ako at hindi lang isang beses tapos may bed scene kami ni Chard.

“So, medyo kakaiba ito para sa akin.

"Siguro it’s about time na i-open ko na yung pinto ko sa mga ganitong klaseng eksena."

How open?

Mischievously smiling, Marian said, “Open and wide!”


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