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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 13, 2015

Kim Chiu Accepts Mistress Role To Widen Her Range As An Actress Since Her Teeny Bopper Days Are Over

LIKE WHAT WE expected, Star Cinema’s latest release, “The Love Affair”, is doing very well at the box office. We were at SM North Edsa when it opened on Wednesday. It had no less than three theaters in that mall and all of them are doing good business at the tills. After this, their next big film project is Chito Rono’s “Etiquette for Mistresses”, based on the best-selling book of Julie Yap Daza whose original title is “Etiquette for MIstresses and What Wives Can Learn from Them”. It’s now shooting day and night to meet its late September playdate.

This movie, which is about the different kind of mistresses and the married men who need them (so it will surely be another hit as Pinoy viewers just love stories about “kaliwaan”) is also star-studded with a powerhouse cast. It’s topbilled by Kris Aquino as Georgia, the mistress who created the rules that will help guide kept women like her; Kim Chiu as Inah, the youngest mistress; Iza Calzado as Stella, who’s having an affair with a news anchor; and the comebacking Claudine Barretto, who will be playing Chloe, the “palabang kabit” of a business tycoon.

This will be a reunion of Kris and Claudine with Chito who directed them first in the hit horror flick “Sukob” nearly ten years ago. They’ll be supported by Edu Manzano, Arci Munoz, Pilar Pilapil, Eddie Gutierrez among others. Being introduced in the movie is newcomer Cheena Crab as the 5th mistress named Charlie.

For Kim, who is the youngest actress in the group and who is used to doing goody-goody roles, playing a mistress poses a very big challenge. “Playing a kept woman is very, very far from my comfort zone but I want to be adventurous and go for the challenge,” she says. “Nine years na ako sa showbiz at graduate na rin ako sa teeny bopper roles, so it’s about time I try to play something more mature at this point in my career. Si Ate Kris din ang nag-suggest na gawin ko ito kasi alam niyang makakatulong sa akin para mas lumawak ang range ko as an actress. Also, it has a very good message for young women like me na huwag pumasok sa ganitong magugusot na sitwasyon because it will only bring some bad consequences. It’s also an honor for me na makasama ang top actresses na first time kong makatrabaho rito. I’m learning so much from all of them right now. Enjoy rin ako to work again with Direk Chito Rono after we did ‘The Healing’ with Gov. Vilma Santos.”

Kim’s career is really on a role these days. Her second album is a best seller and its single, “Mr. Right”, is a big hit. Now, aside from “Etiquette for Mistresses”, she is reunited with her ka-love team Xian Lim in the pioneering movie they’re doing for Star Flix Mobile, “Must Date the Playboy”.

Self appointed moralists who might criticize that “Etiquette for Mistresses” is something that glorifies the number two’s will be pleased to know that Chito Rono claims it actually offers many lessons to be learned by everyone about the stories of erring husbands and negligent wives.