Kris Bernal posed seductively at the Inflatable Island in Subic during their cover shoot for the May 2017 issue of FHM Philippines.
What made her accept the offer to pose for FHM?
"Siguro dahil sa family ko.
"Siyempre, I asked them if it's okay," said Kris in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and select reporters during the April 30 Bangus Festival in Pangasinan.
She revealed that she has been invited to grace the cover for several years now.
"Matagal na, siguro six years na.
"Parang every year, nag-i-inquire sila.
"Since I'm turning 28 this May and it's my birthday month and, at the same time, it's the airing month of Impostora.
"Kaya sabay-sabay na.
"Siguro kung nasa FHM ka at 28, siguro hindi ka naman iisipan na masyado kang bata.
"Kumpara kung 23 ako or 21, parang hindi ko pa kaya.
"Okay na ako kasi nasa right age na ako to mag-pose for a men's magazine," she pointed out.
LOOKS YOUNG FOR HER AGE. Kris observed that some people often look at her differently since she looks young for her age.
"Lagi! Ang last kong show, Little Nanay.
"Parang na-stuck sila dun sa bata ako.
"Every time they see me na nagpu-post ako ng sexy photos, ang feeling nila trying hard ako.
"Aaminin ko naman na may pagka ganun ako.
"Pero ibang celebrities, they post photos of themselves wearing a bikini.
"Hindi ba ako puwede mag-post ng bikini [shot]? Nasa beach naman.
"Wala ba akong karapatan?" she contends.
She also found it unfair that she was being criticized for posting sexy photos and videos.
"Wala ba akong karapatan mag-workout?
"Yung ibang artista, ang sipag mag-workout. I find it unfair lang for me.
"Hindi naman sa minamadali ko na gusto kong tumanda.
"Hindi ako makakuha ng roles na mag-iiba ako.
"Na-stuck talaga ako dun sa bata ako.
"Ang features ko at ang built ko, pambata. Kaya pumayag na ako," Kris explained.
She admitted that she hopes to widen the demographic of her fans, particularly her male fans.
"Yun ang gusto kong ma-capture na audience.
"Kasi ang lagi kong audience, mga bata, babae, high school, teenagers.
"Ngayon, gusto ko ma-capture ang men—not to fantasize about me, but for them to see me as someone who could be your girl or grown-up woman," she continued.
FHM PICTORIAL. How daring was her pictorial for FHM?
Kris revealed, "Swimsuit... pinaghandaan ko siya.
"I only had a week to prepare for it, pero nagwu-work out naman ako before, kaya medyo ready na rin ako kahit papaano.
"Ang pinakagrabeng ginawa ko for FHM?
"Makikita yung side boobs at makikita yung ilalim.
"Halos naka-T-back na. Grabe na sa akin yun."
When asked about the feedback she got for her cover, Kris pointed out, "I see so many negative comments.
She confessed, "They all think I'm anorexic or I have an eating disorder.
"They don't get to see me every single, every single hour, hindi niyo naman ako kasama so you don't know how much I eat every meal.
"Dun ako nahe-hurt."
Kris also addressed rumors indicating that she had cosmetic surgery in the past.
"Ang dami nilang ina-assume na porke't iba lang ang anggulo, iisipin nila na nagparetoke ka ng whatever," she lamented.