Si Derek Ramsay ang nakauna sa mga labi ni Ritz Azul.
May kissing scene kasi ang dalawa sa Kidlat ng TV5, at iyon ang pinakaunang kissing scene ni Ritz sa kanyang showbiz career.
Sabi ni Derek tungkol dito, “Well, I am very proud that I am the first person to touch her lips.
“It’s a… magkukuwento ako kay Ritz kung paano ko tinrato. Sabi ko, ‘Doon tayo sa van ko, magpapraktis tayo.’
“Ginaganoon ko na siya talaga para... I was joking para she’d feel comfortable…
"She wouldn’t think about, ‘Oh no! I’m gonna kiss Derek later!’
“So, I was joking around with her na, ‘Let’s go to the van, let’s practice.’ You know, ginaganoon-ganoon ko siya.
“Inaasar ko siya na kinikilig siya, kasi nagkaroon siya ng goosebumps.
“Pati ako, nakilig ako sa scene. It was a really nice scene and she’s an attrractive girl, it’s hard not to be attracted to her.
“Pero, she’s very young and you have to take care of her because it’s her first.
“And of course, you also want to make an impression, that she remembers her first.
“She’d better remember her first!” ang tumatawa pang sabi ni Derek.
Dagdag niya, “And you know you have to respect her. She’s a wonderful woman and you need to respect her.
“Lahat naman ng babae dapat nirerespeto.”
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Derek sa taping ng Kidlat noong Lunes, April 22, sa Pasig City.
PARENTS’ PERMISSION. Ipinagpaalam pa ni Ritz sa magulang nito ang kanilang kissing scene.
“I was kinda concerned whether, you know, I know she has strict, conservative parents.
“And for her parents na who brought her up very well, to allow her to do a scene like that with me.
“It’s a nice feeling to know that I am that trusted, na aalagaan ko yung anak nila.
“And, you know, sabi nga nila, ako dapat magdadala sa eksena pero hindi.
“She was right up there and we worked off of each other and lumabas na maganda yung eksena.”
ENDING. Dalawang linggo na lamang at matatapos na ang Kidlat at ang ending nito ay misteryo—kung kanino kina Ritz as Joey at Nadine Samonte as Lara mapupunta si Voltaire/Kidlat na ginagampanan ni Derek.
Masaya ba si Derek sa magiging ending nila?
“Yes, because hindi lang artista ang gumagawa nito, hindi lang direktor, hindi lang yung mga cameraman, pati yung mga writers.
“You have to trust the writers on what they think is best for the story and I do trust my writers and I’m here to portray what they write.
“And I’m not gonna say ‘I should end up with this person, I should end up with that person.’
“I read the script and I was very happy with their decision on who I’m gonna end up with. I’m not gonna say…” at tumawa si Derek.
Dagdag niya, “Basta ang alam ko, I’ll end up with someone—isa ang mamamatay, may isang mamamatay.”
OUT OF CAST. Dating gumaganap na kontrabida ni Kidlat bilang si Vincent si Baron Geisler. Napag-alaman ng PEP na wala na talaga si Baron sa Kidlat.
“It looks like it, you know,” pagsisiguro niya.
“But we won’t forget what he did for the show, you know. Binigyan niya ng justice yung character niya.
“It’s unfortunate that there are things that happened that management decided to you know, take him off the show.
“But you know, I know there’s a tsismis na may nagkasuntukan, it’s not true, it was just all blown out of proportion.
“Baron never physically hurt anyone on the set, and it’s not true na I took him out of the show.”
May balita kasing lumabas na si Derek ang nagpatanggal kay Baron sa Kidlat.
“Hindi ako ganoon—kahit si Baron ang kausapin ninyo.
“I still talk to Baron, I haven’t spoken to him lately, but I always told him that he can give me a call if ever he needs anything.”
IN DEFENSE. Ipinaglaban pa nga niya si Baron kahit noong nagsisimula pa lang ang Kidlat at may mga eskandalo na tungkol sa aktor.
This time ba ay hindi na sinubukang ipaglaban ni Derek si Baron?
“Pinaglaban ko siya many times, and even with this one, binibigyan ko siya ng advise.
“I did raise my voice at him and it was justified because of certain actions that he did and he was genuinely sorry for what he did and he called me.
“And I think it was a week after the incident.
“We still shot scenes together, so wala kaming problema doon.
“He came up to me, gave me his hand, I shook his hand and we did our scene together.
“And then, it was after that, that I think the decision was made that we would probably, you know, not need his services anymore.
“And I think Baron knows that it’s fair—what management decided because of the actions that he did.
“But was he genuinely sorry? Yes, he was very, very sorry and he understands why those actions were done.”
PHILIPPINES’ JOHNNY DEPP. Nanghihinhayang ba si Derek sa mga artistang katulad ni Baron, na mahusay sana kaya lamang ay nasasangkot sa kung anu-anong kaguluhan?
“He’s... I said this before, I think he’s the Johnny Depp of the Philippines—he’s a brilliant actor, he just needs guidance.
“I tried to help him but you can only, you know, you know, lead the giraffe to the water, you cannot force it to drink… Right?
“So I was there, I opened up my house, myself.
“I asked him to stay with me and my family over Christmas, he chose to not to do that.
“And, you know I’m his friend, I’ll be there if he needs to call me, he can call me.
“But, yeah, it’s sad coz he has that wonderful talent and sana malabanan niya yung demon na nilalabanan niya…
“Sana ma-overcome niya yung demon na yun and we’ll see him back.
“You know, Robert Downey, Jr. did it.
“I think what we should do, we should all help him you know, I think we should really…”
BROKEN TRUST. Marami na ang sumubok na tulungan si Baron.
“I know, I know, but it’s never bad to help people, you know, it’s never bad to help.
“Baron is born with that talent, you know, he’s an amazing actor. Sana nga he gets into shape and sorts out his life.
“He has direction… it’s not the wrong direction, he’s moving forward but he gets derailed every now and then, you know.
“But at least, he’s still moving forward.
“I told him, ‘It’s not gonna be an easy trip especially for you. You’re gonna have to work ten times harder than everybody else kasi you’ve messed up many times.
“’So first you have to build the trust back that you’ve broken from so many people, including me,’ I told him, ‘including me. I trusted you. But you broke that trust.’”